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Save Austin's Cemeteries
PO Box 16411 Austin, TX 78761
Phone: 512-798-3576
Email: info@sachome.org
Meeting Location: Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota Street

Austin Cemeteries Division (contact to purchase cemetery plots, arrange burials, discuss maintenance requests).
2800 Hancock Dr. Austin, TX 78731 (Business Office hours M-F 8am-5pm (closed from 12 PM - 1 PM for lunch); Cemetery Gates 7am-7pm)
Phone 512-978-2320
http://www.austintexas.gov/cemeteries (includes email form)

Board of Directors

SAC Board Meetings are typically held at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Oakwood Cemetery. If you are interested in attending, please contact us to confirm time and place.

Sally Victor

President: Sally Victor

Sally Victor started visiting cemeteries at a young age and enjoyed sharing the unique and decorative features with others in high school. She studied cemeteries professionally as a historic consultant during the 1980s in east Texas and marveled at the folklore and traditions exhibited. Sally has prepared several National Register nominations for historic cemeteries near Amarillo and San Antonio. She also does presentations on cemetery symbolism and cemetery walking tours. Sally has degrees from the University of Texas in American Studies and Community & Regional Planning with emphasis on Historic Preservation and History. The City of Austin cemeteries are really special and sincerely need better preservation.

Melissa Rogers

Vice President: Melissa Rogers

Melissa has been fascinated with cemeteries since her childhood. She appreciates the unique historical perspective that cemeteries provide to a community. She has volunteered with SAC since 2016 as a member of the gravestone cleaning crew and as a tour guide for the MMM tours. Melissa is a Volunteer Docent at The Bullock Texas State History Museum where she specializes in the Comanche and early Native American trade routes with an emphasis on Jumano Trade Fairs. Melissa is committed to serving the community of Austin and is a Commissioner on the Municipal Civil Service Commission and a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar.

Secretary: Terri Hoover Mirka

Terri has been a SAC member since 2007 and leads SAC’s marketing and gravestone cleaning projects. She holds a MBA degree in International Marketing and has retired from her most recent role as Marketing Director at Dell. Her first Texas ancestors were the Swisher family who moved to Robertson’s Colony, Texas in 1833 and are buried at Oakwood. The Swishers were leaders in the Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas and were also key figures in the development of Austin which they moved to in 1839. She is most interested in the rights of family owners at Oakwood, recognizing veterans, and headstone cleaning. Terri is also a member of several genealogical societies, Texas founders groups, and other local volunteer groups.

Kay Boyd

Treasurer and Historian: Kay Boyd

Kay has been a member of SAC since its inception. She is keenly interested in the preservation and care of Austin cemeteries. Her great-grandparents were Swedish immigrants who came to Austin and Texas in 1870 and are buried in Oakwood Cemetery. She also has family buried in the Oakwood Annex and Austin Memorial Park. Kay is also a member of the Austin Genealogical Society where she works with the Travis County cemetery project and county records. She was instrumental in beginning the Travis County Pioneer program. Besides cemeteries and genealogy, she is very interested in Travis County history.

Other Board of Director Members

Sally Baulch

Sally has worked in museums in the cultural history, education, and interpretation departments over the last thirty years. She currently works with Texas State Parks. Cemeteries were just another park to Sally and her siblings when she was growing up as they tagged along with the relatives and listened to stories. Her “home” cemetery is in Sweetwater, so she’s adopted Austin's city cemeteries as her step-cemeteries. Outside of work, Sally also serves as a mentor at an elementary school, stewards her neighborhood park and her garden, and is a mother two grown children.

Karen Eshliman

Karen is a life long resident of Texas having grown up in Beaumont, TX where she attended Lamar University. She has been a resident of Austin for nearly a decade and has been a member of SAC since 2013. Karen is an Executive Assistant to a local entrepreneur and an Austin Tour Guide. Her love of Austin history lead her to SAC, leading cemetery tours and helping raise awareness of cemetery preservation. In addition to her involvement with SAC, Karen has been a volunteer for Keep Austin Beautiful since 2011, working as a Lake Leader in their project to keep Lady Bird Lake clean. Karen is also a volunteer at The Austin Visitors Center where she shares her knowledge of the city with visitors from all over the world.

Lowell Herzog, Jr.

Lowell, a fifth generation Texan, is a cemetery headstone/monument conservator. He earned degrees in both History and English from Texas A&M University, and taught in public schools for over twenty years. Currently, he pursues stone conservation full-time throughout southeast Texas and has studied the various methods of conservation used in the U.S. and Europe for cemetery monuments and outdoor ironwork. Trained by nationally recognized gravestone and monument conservator Jon Appell, he is a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Scott Myers

Scott is a native Texan whose mother’s ancestors were Swedish and settled in a small town on the Travis/Bastrop county line which they named after their home back in Sweden, Lund. Scott grew up in Austin and has held a variety of jobs and currently works for Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home – which he believes is “his calling.” His grandparents are buried in Oakwood Annex, and his parents are buried in Austin Memorial Park. Scott has been an actor for SAC’s tours for several years and has enjoyed the experience as well as the people he has met. He looks forward to helping SAC with its mission to Save Austin's Cemeteries.

Jan Root

Jan has been a great supporter of Save Austin’s Cemeteries for many years, helping with special events, research, and planning. She is a native of Austin and a UT graduate with a BA in American History. Jan has extensive knowledge and experience in the archives field, working eighteen years at the Austin History Center, twelve years at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and two years as an archivist at Texas Parks & Wildlife. She also worked several years conducting historic surveys, including a US Navy project that took her to 37 states documenting Navy artifacts. She is currently a Certified Archivist at the Texas General Land Office, working with historic maps and land grants. Jan appreciates cemeteries for the link they provide to our past and the historic information that can be gathered from them. Jan is especially interested in SAC because of the work that's done to document and preserve Austin's cemeteries, thereby preserving her hometown's history.

Arro Smith

Arro Smith, PhD, is a librarian and historian. His research interests include public history, oral history methodology, and memory studies. He became interested in SAC while researching the Oakwood Cemetery plot belonging to his lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Odd Fellows take an oath to "Visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan." You will find many old graves with triple-link iconography or "F-L-T," representing the Odd Fellows' three links of Friendship--Love--Trust.

In Memory of Daniel Dwight Camacho (Nov 22, 1945 – April 27, 2016)

Danny was a long-time SAC board member, volunteer, gifted storyteller, avid researcher, champion of Mexicans & Mexican Americans in Central Texas and a dear friend to many.