San Marcos Cemetery Event Shares History of Buried

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Kasandra Garza
News Reporter

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Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery and the Heritage Association are teaming up this month to put on the fourth annual “Tales and Tours” event. The event will be used to teach visitors about the history of the cemetery and to raise money to maintain the cemetery.

Vice President of Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, Kama Davis, said this year visitors can expect to see new features including theater student actors who will be acting as individuals who have died and are buried at the cemetery. Actors will speak in first-person in period clothing as they tell their stories to visitors.

“You learn about the history from the folks buried there, all these names like Martindale and Edward Gary. You’ve got streets named after these people and that’s one of the things that this tour does.”

In addition to the professional actors, member of the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, Shannon Fitzpatrick, said “Tales and Tours” will be bringing in a special guest from Austin. Stone carver Kat Quintanilla will demonstrate for visitors how head-stone carving was done a hundred years ago.

Davis said the funds raised will go towards maintenance, groundskeeping and other incentives for the San Marcos Cemetery.

“The Friends of the San Marcos cemetery, the way that it really got started was because there were trees that were falling down and the city didn’t pay for that or preventative work or for moss to be removed from the trees. So that’s how the friends got started in ‘03. It started as a funding raising services to beautify and help make safer and better the cemetery.”

Fitzpatrick said the cemetery is a special place from the people buried there to the history of its land owners. Fitzpatrick said people such as Ernest Cummings who invented the bulldozer and “Tex” Hughson who was a star player for the Boston Red Sox are among those highlighted on this year’s tour.”

Fitzpatrick said she hopes that after attending the “Tales and Tours,” visitors will continue to keep the history alive.

“We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our day to day lives but we forget how critical these folks were who came before us. Leaving a little bit of that history behind, that gives us an option to go in and share that history.”

Davis said those wanting to be a part of Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery can become a friend by making a donation or by simply volunteering time.

The “Tales and Tours” event will be on October 17, from 3-5 p.m. with each tour lasting an estimated forty-five minutes.

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