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Thanks to the support of our members and the dedication of our volunteers, Save Austin’s Cemeteries has accomplished great things in the past year! Here are some highlights of 2010 activities and accomplishments:

Educational Events

    February 20, 2010: Texas Republic walking tour
    May 8, 2010: Putting their Mark on Austin walking tour
    October 29, 2010: Cemetery Preservation session for the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference – featured tour of Plummers and Oakwood cemeteries
    October 30, 2010: Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure IV walking tour with drama students from McCallum Academy and Austin High School
    November 13, 2010: Cemetery Symbolism presentation and walking tour for the Texas Art Educators Association annual conference
    Private educational tours for schools and scout troops on specialized topics by request
    Quarterly SAC meetings with guest speakers:
       
      January 9: Dr. David Gracy on the George Littlefield Family
      April 10: Aditi Worcester on Family Videography
      July 10: Danny Camacho on Ethnic Heritage in Austin
      October 9: David Martin on Austin's Ties to the Mier Expedition

Preservation Activities

    Plot and gravestone documentation sessions are held every 1st Saturday (weather permitting).This documentation helps track the condition of cemetery features, and also helps us help the families who own the cemetery plots.
    Austin Parks Foundation: It's My Park Day – On April 6, 2010 over 25 volunteers showed up to help clear trash that accumulated between Plummers Cemetery and Givens Park.
    Oakwood Cemetery is now registered as a Historic Texas Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission, thanks to the efforts of Dale Flatt.

Outreach

    SAC is pleased to work with individuals and companies seeking community service opportunities. In the past year, we had individuals, sorority groups, and scout troops conducting headstone photo-documentation as their contribution to improving the Austin community.
    We have added Paypal to our website for donations and memberships.
    Our quarterly e-newsletter for members was launched in April 2010.
    Check out the new online store selling SAC products. Proceeds benefit SAC projects, such as the Chapel Restoration Project.

Accomplishments:

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