Left to right: San Marcos CISD (SMCISD) Assistant Superintendent Yolanda Almendarez, Ofelia Vasquez Philo of the Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC), SMCISD Superintendent Patty Shafer, HCHC President Kate Johnson, Film director Richard Kidd and Director of Instructional Technology and Libraries for SMCISD Ronda Stonecipher. Photo by Sarah Garcia.
The Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC) recently donated two DVDs to each of the twelve San Marcos CISD campuses for their libraries.
One DVD is Ofelia Vasquez Philo’s oral history, which is part of the “Voices of Hays County” series. Philo describes what her life was like in San Antonio and tells about her experiences being raised on the Freeman Ranch outside of San Marcos.
The second DVD is a copy of the Historical Society’s documentary “Captain Jack,” which re-enacts many of the incidents in the life of Jack C. Hays. Hays County, of course, is the Texas Ranger’s namesake. The film project cost around $60,000. The HCHS raised the amount in four months, finishing the production of the movie in six months. Fittingly, the movie premiered at Hays High School.
Both films were directed and edited by Richard Kidd.