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Thanks to the support of our members and the dedication of our volunteers, Save Austin’s Cemeteries has accomplished great things in the past year! Here are some highlights of 2011 activities and accomplishments:

Educational Events

    April 2, 2011: Hosted a ‘how-to’ session on documenting historic cemeteries at Oakwood Cemetery for the Texas Historical Commission’s annual conference
    April 30, 2011: Abner Cook, His Clients and the Homes He Built walking tour
    September 25, 2011: Austin Museum Day at Oakwood Cemetery
    October 29, 2011: 5th Annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour
    Private educational tours and presentations for schools, scout troops, and non-profit groups on specialized topics by request
    Quarterly SAC meetings with guest speakers:
      January 8, 2011: Dale Flatt on “Mapping Plummers Cemetery”
      April 9, 2011: Phoebe Allen on “Robertson/Townsend/Thomson Families” and Danny Camacho on those families’ white marble lot at Oakwood
      June 25, 2011: Wayne Bell, FAIA, on “First Lady of Texas: Miss Ima Hogg”
      July 9, 2011: Phil Baum on Jewish Death and Burial Customs

Preservation Activities

    Plot and gravestone documentation sessions are held every 1st Saturday (weather permitting). This documentation helps track the condition of cemetery features, and also helps us help the families who own the cemetery plots.
    March 5, 2011: Austin Parks Foundation: It’s My Park Day at Plummers Cemetery and Givens Park to pick up trash and remove invasive vegetation.
    Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Rehabilitation Project: SAC teamed up with Heimsath Architects on a Feasibility Study; had a public meeting on July 19, 2011.

Outreach

    SAC helped publicize public meetings held by the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department for the Cemetery Contract Restatement and the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Rehabilitation Project through SAC email list and Facebook page.
    Holding a photograph contest where the public votes on its favorite photos, which are compiled into a calendar. The purpose of the contest and calendar is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the artistic and cultural value of Austin’s city cemeteries.
Accomplishments: 2011 2010