San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site seeks volunteers


On Saturday, Sept. 28, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site is holding the second Villa de Austin planning session.

The intention is to give participants the chance to get together with their specific interest groups to discuss ways to get involved with programming at the site. Since many people signed up for more than one interest group, organizers are attempting to stagger sessions to allow everyone to attend the sessions they are interested in. Volunteers are also brainstorming ideas for the upcoming “Father of Texas” event in November.

The site is organizing a small team to represent San Felipe de Austin at the Alamo on Saturday, Oct. 12. It will generally be a costumed event, and they are looking for people to interpret the land office, surveying and printing as part of the San Felipe contingent. A small carpool will leave early in the morning from San Felipe to San Antonio. Interested persons should contact

On Saturday, Oct. 19, there will be a workshop for people interested in being part of the cannon crew for Father of Texas on Nov. 2. Frank Marek will lead the session, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the San Felipe de Austin Museum. For more information, contact Frank at

On Friday, Nov. 1, there will be an Historic Bake Oven Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and learn the art of 1830s baking in a wood-fired bake oven. The cost is $25 per participant. Attendees will be invited to assist with the interpretation of the bake oven during the Nov. 2 “Father of Texas” event at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site. To register, contact or call 979-885-2181.

The annual Father of Texas celebration is Saturday, Nov. 2, and the site is looking for people to present living history programs during the day. They are looking for people to run each station by presenting an exhibit/display, and to offer hands-on activities. There is no expectation that historic dress is a requirement to participate. Contact to volunteer.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, the site is having a Log and Timber Frame Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Using both historic and modern tools, volunteers will help design and build a pitsaw frame for the Villa de Austin project. Learn to hew a log and cut timber framing notches. Participants are also welcomed to come to the Father of Texas celebration to help demonstrate woodworking skills. The cost is $25 per participant. To register contact, contact or call 979-885-2181.


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