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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Little wooden jail a reminder of Kyle’s rowdy past

It’s hard to imagine now, but Kyle used to be a rollicking little frontier town with saloons and regular drunken brawls in the streets. According to the local history books, as the new town of Kyle grew it garnered the reputation as one of the wildest towns in the area.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Jailhouse Rock gala to benefit historical restoration

Elvis will be in the building Sept. 24 to provide entertainment for the “Jailhouse Rock” fundraiser benefiting the 1884 Hays County Jail restoration project.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Judge swears in new Historical Commission members

Newly appointed and re-appointed members of the Hays County Historical Commission posed in front of the statue of Jack C. Hays at the County Courthouse on Feb. 22, just in time for the March 1 anniversary of...

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Buck Winn documentary to be screened in Kyle

The Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC) will present a screening of its documentary "Larger Than Life: The Story of Buck Winn" on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Old Kyle City Hall, 101 Burleson Street. The...

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Wittliff Collections to screen Buck Winn documentary

The Hays County Historical Commission will screen its latest documentary at the the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library on Dec. 7. The film about Wimberley artist Buck Winn was shot in 18...

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Letter to the editor: Save the First Baptist Church

In this letter to the editor, Hays County Historical Commission Chair Kate Johnson implores the people of San Marcos to keep the city from tearing down the First Baptist Church in the Dunbar Historic District.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Johnson to be awarded at historic preservation conference

Hays County Historical Commission Chair Kate Johnson will receive the Ben Shepperd County Historical Commission Leadership Award at the upcoming annual Historic Preservation Conference in Houston.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

One more step towards jail restoration

Having acquired additional funding, Hays County officials are poised to proceed with restorations to one of its old jails, a 19th century, two-story limestone structure nestled in the Historic Dunbar District a few blocks from the courthouse...

Friday, November 20th, 2009

HCHC donates DVDs to San Marcos Schools

The Hays County Historical Commission recently donated its recently released documentary historical DVDs to San Marcos school libraries.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Jack C. Hays movie gets one more free screening

Popular demand to see "Captain Jack," the film documenting the life of Jack C. Hays done by the Hays County Historical Commission, has led to a second screening of the movie at Dripping Springs City Hall.

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