The Heart of the Hills Heritage Center Board of Directors has met its initial fundraising goals and the Heritage Center will now enter the construction phase of development.
“We intend to develop a state-of-the-art attraction and interpretive center for the Hill Country of Texas,” said board member Dr. Donald S. Frazier. “It is time for this remarkable region of Texas to be told in an engaging way that strengthens civic pride among longtime residents and helps orient newcomers to our area on the legacy they inherit. “
“It will be a place where families can come and embrace their part of Texas history and pass it on to the next generation,” added Chairman of the Board Dr. Bill Rector. “Kerrville is the capital of Texas Hill Country, and this facility will bring people from Kerr and surrounding counties together in a way that no other facility in our area does. “
The Heart of the Hills Heritage Center will occupy the historic 1908 home of AC and Myrta Schreiner which sits on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, just yards from where Joshua Brown has located his home and business in what is considered the founding of Kerrville in 1846. Kerrville historian, author and board member Joe Herring, Jr. says, “A community is stronger if it knows its history. The Heart of the Hills Heritage Center will be the place where our community’s story is told.
As the plans unfold, museum professionals will design and install interactive exhibits to teach Kerr County and Texas history as an integral part of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library campus.
In addition to individual donors, the Council is very grateful for the support of the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation, the Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation, the Friends of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, the Cailloux Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country and the Dallas Meadows Foundation.
“Despite the many challenges of the pandemic over the past two years, these generous philanthropic organizations have made this vision possible, and we especially thank them for their support,” said David Jones, Board Treasurer.
The Heart of the Hills Heritage Center will be located at 529 Water Street and will be part of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library campus.
This is a partnership with the Town of Kerrville, which is reallocating the building and landscaping of the land that will connect the downtown area to the River Trail. This heritage center will join the Kerrville Arts and Culture Center, Schreiner Mansion, Museum of Western Art and Arcadia Live, as part of Kerrville’s heritage and cultural landscape.