Our general meetings will be held the THIRD Wednesday of January through May and September through November at 2:00 p.m. in the Guadalupe Basin Natural Resource Center Auditorium located at 125 Lehmann Drive, Kerrville, Texas.
2020 MEETING DATES:
Speaker: Julius Neunhoffer
How the Neunhoffer Family Arrived in the United States and Their Contributions to the Country, State, and Local Communities
Julius Real Neunhoffer, Jr. is the fifth generation to live on the family property on Turtle Creek. He grew up on the Julius Real Homestead doing farming and ranching. He is the son of Judge Julius and Geneva Neunhoffer, and he has owned an antique Ford Model A since he was twelve years old. He trained to become a machinist and went into the car restoration business in 1978. Later, after his parents passed away, he, along with his brother Marvin, continued to farm and ranch on the homestead. He has been a member of the Kerr County Historical Commission for over twenty years, and is on the board of the Heart of the Hills Heritage Center which is working to start a museum in Kerrville.
Speaker: William Patrick “Pat” Blackman
400th Anniversary of the Mayflower
Pat is a native Texan, born in Brownsville, who grew up in New Orleans where he met his wife of 59 years, Jackie, also a native Texan. Both he and Jackie graduated from Louisiana State University after which Pat completed a 42-year career in business-to-business advertising, public relations and corporate marketing in Houston.
He and Jackie retired to Boerne in 2004 where they have been involved in church activities and community volunteer work while finding time to spoil their four grandchildren.
Pat is a lifelong student of world history and has a particular affinity with American history. “I don’t claim to be a historian in the classical sense of the word because I don’t have a degree in history,” claims Pat. “I’m just a guy who’s loved history since childhood and studied it ever since.”
Pat is the current president of the Boerne chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and is also a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Kendall County Historical Society.
Since moving to Boerne Pat has given dozens of lectures and presentations to various groups including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the War of 1812, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Daughters of the Union Army, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Jamestown Society and the Kendall County Genealogical Society plus a seven-year-long series of monthly American history lectures to residents of Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs.
Speaker: Jackie “J.D.” Dowdy, Kerr County Clerk
Using Courthouse Records
What records are in the County Clerks office, public and non-public records, accessing digitized records, unusual records and more.