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HSH Meetings 

Society meetings are held quarterly on the first Tuesday in February, May, September, and November at a time and place designated by the President. Our meetings last about an hour and a half and include a guest speaker who gives talks and/or presentations on subjects dealing with history, geneaology, archeology, and other subjects of interest to our membership.  We welcome all individuals interested in the history of the area to attend general HSH meetings. Our meetings are open to the public. $5 suggested donation for non-members; RSVP required. Email: info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org
Board meetings are generally held two weeks prior to the General Meetings of the Society.  

Society members wishing to place discussion or action items on the HSH General Meeting or Board of Directors Meeting agendas should contact the President of the Society a minimum of one week before the subsequent meeting date at info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org. 


 Society Meal Orders for Members - $10.00

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Society Meal Order for Non-Members - $15.00

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Upcoming Meetings

September 4, 2018 •  12:00 pm - 2 pm

Location:   Gardens at Old Town, 15060 Antonio Drive,
Helotes, TX
Guest Speaker: Juan S. Garcia, Secretary, The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
Presentation: "How the Lipan Apache Used the Buffalo"
In about 1723, the Lipan Apaches came into contact with Spanish woodcutters at Elotes Pass. The Spaniards had named the pass "Elotes" for the corn they found growing there. Elotes, or as it is now called, Helotes, was a Lipan seasonal agricultural camp and the Tribe maintained a presence there until about the mid-1850's.  Eventually the Comanches drove the Lipans from the area but the Lipans continued to make frequent raids in the San Antonio area. There were also some Lipans that settled among the Mission Indians in the San Antonio missions. The Lipans were a nomadic tribe and did not practice agriculture to a great extent. Waiting for the crops to mature invited clashes with the Comanches, their traditional enemies. The Lipans probably planted the corn, but they were primarily hunter/gatherers.
Mr. Garcia, a descendant of Lipan Apaches, will give a presentation on how his ancestors used the buffalo, showing the tools, weapons, and other artifacts they made from the buffalo. The buffalo, according to Garcia, was a walking “Wal-Mart” for the Lipan Apaches. Garcia who dresses in full Apache regalia is a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas. Retired from Occidental Chemical Corporation since 2014, Garcia also does volunteer work at the Texas State Aquarium and at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Garcia has been giving presentations to schools, retirement homes, and other places for more than 20 years. He has been secretary of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas for the last six years. Visit the group's website at www.lipanapache.org.
Lunch:  Members - $10; Non-Members - $15. A deluxe box lunch from Jason's Deli. Order from three menu items on Meetings page. Reservation/meal order must be made by September 2nd. Email info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org for more information. This meeting is open to the public.





Historical Society of Helotes  P.O. Box 707, Helotes, TX 78023