Nine Hays County authors were on hand to sign books at the Courthouse Dec. 11 for the Hays County Historical Commission’s second annual Holiday Book Sale.
Among the group were Ofelia Vasquez-Philo, Angelita Tobias and Lila Knight, who were part of the Hispanic Historical Committee that produced Sueños y Recuerdos del Pasado (Dreams and Memories of the Past); A Community History of Mexican American in San Marcos, Texas. Published in 2000, this book chronicles every aspect of Mexican-American life and culture in San Marcos. It also includes a compilation of 32 oral histories by individuals or family members of early San Marcos settlers.
Also on the committee that produced the book were Yolanda Espinoza, Soila Rodriguez, Frank Saucedo, Dr. Leonardo Cardenas, Steve Davis, Robert Cavazos, Winton Porterfield, Velia Cavazos and Richard Rodriguez.
Mrs. Philo, a current member of the HCHC, is planning a second volume of Mexican American history that will include all of Hays County and is soliciting contributions of oral histories to include in this project.
The Historical Commission Book Sale brought in $1190, which will be used to support restoration efforts of the HCHC. Also signing books at the event were Frances Stovall, Dorothy Schwartz and Gene Johnson, co-authors of Clear Springs and Limestone Ledges: A History of San Marcos and Hays County; Mrs. Mary Giberson, co-author of People and Places in and around Historic Buda; Jean Shand, author of Echos in Your Memories of San Marcos Baptist Academy; Jo Ann Hearn, who contributed to the two-volume Hays County Cemetery Inscriptions. All these books and others are available through the HCHC website at www.hayshistoricalcommission.com.
by Shelley Henry
Hays County Historical Commission
Angelita Tobias of Kyle, Ofelia Vasquez-Philo of San Marcos and Lila Knight of Kyle were among the Hays County authors on hand to sign books at the Courthouse Dec. 11 for the Hays County Historical Commission’s second annual Holiday Book Sale. They are among those who compiled the book Sueños y Recuerdos del Pasado (Dreams and Memories of the Past); A Community History of Mexican American in San Marcos, Texas.
Gene Johnson, Frances Stovall, Dorothy Schwartz and Mary Giberson signed copies of their books at the Hays County Historical Commission’s recent sale. Johnson, Stovall and Schwartz are among the authors of Clear Springs and Limestone Ledges, a book of Hays County History, while Giberson co-authored People and Places in and around Historic Buda.
Photos courtesy of the Hays County Historical Commission