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Help preserve Tejano Hill Country Heritage

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Apr 05, 2016

       Nestled in the romantic Texas Hill Country, the small Polly Texas Settlement is located 3.5 miles South East of Bandera, Texas and thirty minutes from San Antonio. It was founded in 1858, by J.P. Polly Rodriguez a famous US Army scout, surveyor, Texas Ranger, Rancher, Judge and minister. At its height, it consisted of thirty Tejano ranching families along with several European families. The settlement boasted Polly’s Fort, Polly’s Schoolhouse, Polly’s General Store, Polly’s Post Office and Polly’s Chapel. This is one of a very few historical Tejano villages still remaining in Texas.

       Although they have recently begun, Polly Texas Pioneer Association (PTPA) is a non-profit 501.c.3 dedicated to acquiring and preserving the legacy and heritage left behind by J.P. Polly Rodriguez and the other settlers. Currently, they have acquired Polly’s Chapel (Texas Historical Landmark) and grounds, Polly’s Cemetery and are under way with the acquisition of Polly’s Schoolhouse from the State of Texas.

       Their goals are funded by an annual fundraiser and contributions from friends, family and the business community. They are very excited about their newest acquisition and look forward to working with the community and others to restore the little one-room schoolhouse. Please consider joining them as a volunteer and as a contributor in helping to restore a part of Texas Hill Country History.

       This year’s annual fundraiser is scheduled for May 21, 2016 at 11:00am and will be held on the chapel grounds. Click here for directions. The event will consist of a short special presentation, cultural performances, country music, frontier lunch and a historical auction! They really need your support, so please think about volunteering, giving an auction item or buying an ad in their event program. Also, should you want to make a legacy or memoriam gift, please contact them to make arrangements. To make a contribution, donate an auction item or purchase a sponsorship, please download, complete and return this form with your check or money order. If you prefer to pay or contribute by credit card, please call Ms. Vivian Cantu at (210) 673-3584. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please join them for a hill country breakfast on April 30th at 9:00am at Bricks River Cafe, located at 1205 Main St in Bandera, Texas.

       Once again, thanks for considering their request and we ask that you join them in preserving the history of Polly, Texas, our ancestors and the Lone Star State! If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Ms. Anna Lunoff at (210) 364-7096. You can also visit their web site at pollytexaspioneerassociation.org.