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About SAC

Save Austin's Cemeteries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic cemeteries in Austin through documentation, preservation, and education and promoting them as local and state cultural resources. Dale Flatt founded Save Austin's Cemeteries in 2004 when he saw the need for a higher level of maintenance at Oakwood Cemetery. Since then, SAC has been actively participating in the preservation efforts at the five city cemeteries.

SAC’s Accomplishments and Focus Areas

For more details on SAC’s work since its founding in 2004, please see SAC Accomplishments.

Partners in Preservation

Save Austin's Cemeteries extends its sincerest gratitude to the following supporters:

Discount Electronics
Discount Electronics, a leading national retailer of used Dell computers and laptops, has generously provided a laptop computer used by SAC for our comprehensive photo documentation.

Certified Local Government Program of the Texas Historical Commission:
Awarded the City of Austin in partnership with SAC a $7,600 matching grant in May 2012 for restoring the roof of the small building in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex.

Heimsath Architects:
Ben Heimsath and his studio team created a feasibility study for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Restoration project on a pro bono basis.

The Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation:
Pat, Steve, Kate and Ian Saunders donated $3,500 in 2009 that went towards the engineering design drawings for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel's foundation repair. The Foundation also provided a $6,000 unrestricted donation in 2016.

National Trust for Historic Preservation:
Awarded SAC with a $2,360 matching grant from the Fondren Endowed Fund received in October 2007 for conducting a building condition assessment and materials analysis on the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel.