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VOLUME 19                                  ISSUE 1                                    May 2015


Birdville Cemetery Reunion!

May 16, 2015

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

This year we will hear from Republic of Texas President,  Sam Houston!

Jack Edmondson will present a story of the early days of Tarrant County

as seen through the eyes of Sam Houston.

In both his writings and his "living history" presentations, J. R. Edmondson views himself in the role of historian as storyteller.  The retired history teacher has authored several books and over fifty magazine articles, most on aspects of Texas history.  His book, The Alamo Story--from Early History to Current Conflicts, has been praised by reviewers as the "best" and "most readable" of all historical accounts devoted to the Texas shrine.  Edmondson was a featured author at the 2000 Texas Book Festival and a member of C-Span's "Ultimate Alamo Panel," where his book was described as the "new standard on the Alamo."As a "living historian," Edmondson combines his dramatic talents with his historical knowledge to portray such prominent historical figures as Sam Houston and James Bowie.  Since he first donned period clothing for the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration in 1986, Edmondson has made literally hundreds of presentations for classrooms, libraries, seminars, organizations, and historical sites, including the Alamo, the San Jacinto battlefield, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, and the Bob Bullock State Historical Museum.Edmondson also has appeared in more than a dozen documentary film productions for such venues as the History and Discovery channels. A native Texan, Edmondson received his B. S. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M. S. from Texas Christian University.  In appreciation for his contributions to Texas history, Edmondson was elected an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and Governor Rick Perry commissioned him an Admiral in the Texas Navy.  Edmondson currently serves as Past Chair of the Tarrant County Historical Commission.  He is on the board of directors for the Texas Trail of Fame, the Friends of the Fort Worth Herd, and Log Cabin Village.  Edmondson resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Susan, and their dogs, cat, and horses. ---

Please join fellow historians to celebrate our Annual Birdville Cemetery Reunion and lunch on the grounds.

A free tour of the historic cemetery will begin at 11:00 AM

We will then have lunch.  BHS will furnish Schlotzsky’s Sandwiches, drinks and paper goods and attendees are asked to bring a side or dessert. 

The Birdville Cemetery is located at 6000 Cemetery Road in Haltom City, Texas.  Call if you need directions or more information Betty Porter 817-834-1239 or 817-235-7865


The museum hours will be changing in the fall 2015.  We have new volunteers that will allow the museum to be open 5 days a week instead of just 3.  The new hours will also include one Saturday a month.  I will be sending information to inform you of the time so please keep in touch.




The Birdville Museum receives donations weekly and we try to inform you of this and to let the public know what items of interest can be seen on your next visit to the museum.

Framed 16X24 print for Sesquicentennial June 1999 and two antique ladies hand bags - Donated by Bonnie Renegar

Two books by the late Vera Abbott Redding - “The Ups & Downs of a Public School Teacher” and “Bozo The Uncrowned King” - Donated by Kay Schmidt

Two book by Janet L. Schmelzer “Where the West Begins” and “Franklin Family History by Cul Cummings

Donated by Linda McLarty

Document - Judiciary Article 1972, Framed collage of early Haltom Highsteppers

Donated by Pat Davenport

Book - “Alistair Cook’s America” - Donated by Patsy Anderson

White embroidered collar worn by BISD Food Service Personnel - Donated by Linda Roberts

Invitation - Irving Heritage Valentine’s Party, DVD I-35 Cemetery Database Update, Program HHS presents 42nd Street, Proclamation Volunteer of the year 1994, Poster of Tarrant County Archives, Magazines “Baseball Digest” Nov 73-Oct 74, Magazine “Babe Ruth” Oct 2007, Magazine “Life” Sept 1, 1967, Brochure of Historic South side  - Donated by Betty Porter

Notes on presentation about Bird’s Fort presented to BARSP - Donated by Don Tipps

Q&A - BISD students visit Birdville Museum - Donated by Janet Erlinger

Thank you note from Jane Austin Bruckner along with photo from her visit to the museum.

Genealogy research collection of Mary Claunch Walthal - This collection contains 1000’s of sheets of research information and 30 books added to the genealogy section.

Classroom studies of Jimmy Reynolds - Donated by estate of Ida Joe Reynolds

Laminated photo of Bird’s Fort marker and two others along with aerial photo of Bird’s Fort area.

Donated by Dr. Richard Wilson



 If you have not had opportunity to join or pay your dues for 2015, please do so at this time.  Mail your checks or contributions to Birdville Historical Society, P.O. Box 14246, Haltom City, Texas 76117


Membership Levels



RUBY LIFETIME     $750.00


COUPLE PER YEAR     $25.00



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