On October 24th we had a very productive discussion meeting. We were glad to see new faces in our meeting and we hope to continue getting new people and new ideas.
After the meeting we had a potluck and farewell party for Rocío Gil, who has been collaborating with SISCA for more than a year. She was very moved and expressed how thankful she is for all the support the Seminoles and SISCA have given her. She will continue collaborating with the website and made the promise to share her research once she finishes.
On October 16 we had the pleasure to receive Literary Journalist and Novelist Catherine Mayo, who is working on a guide book about Texas. She contacted the association as she sees Seminole history as one of the important highlights of the region. You can see her work here.
On October 15 we were invited to give a talk at the ROTC program at Uvalde High School. Windy Goodloe gave a general overview of the history of Black Seminoles. Augusta Pines followed with some personal experiences and she then spoke about SISCA and the work the association does. Finally, Rocío Gil spoke about the importance of history and shared some of her research ideas. The talk was so successful that we were asked to stay for a second session and we were invited to return to speak to the Social Sciences class.
We would like to thank Brad Brantley for the opportunity. We plan to continue doing these kinds of talks to keep our legacy and history alive. If you have contacts that can be useful for this, please let us know!
It's time to renew your membership! You haven't done it? Our website makes it easy, just click here and make an online payment, or you can send us your check by mail if you prefer.
Your membership is very important to us. As a regular member, you can participate in the elections that will take place in September, and you can attend our regular meetings to share your ideas and to help make decisions. We have achieved many of our goals, but we still can do a better job. Your donations and dues can help us get there. You can see what we have accomplished and what we are working on here.
Our museum keeps growing! We have received many documents and artifacts as donation and we continuously receive visitors. Thank you for your support! If you haven't been there, come and visit us!
Upcoming Activities and Events
Our next meeting will take place on November 14 at 1PM. Your presence and ideas are very important to us, please consider attending this or the following meetings. All our meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month at 1PM in the Carver School building.
We need your help to keep our cemetery clean! Lookout for dates when you can volunteer, we will have the calendar very soon.
After our January 9th meeting we will have a potluck to celebrate the new year. Don't miss it!
The association needs money to be able to keep up the cemetery, the Carver School, the museum and the Masonic Lodge. We have a lot of goals that we want to achieve, so we will apply for a grant. The Texas Historical Commission offers a matching grant, and for every dollar SISCA gives, they will put one dollar. Our goal is to raise approximately $10,000 and we will be organizing fundraisers to reach our goal. There are many way you can help:
- Make a donation
- Organize a fundraiser wherever you live and send it to SISCA
- Come to our events
- Give us ideas for fundraisers
- Pay your dues
Let's work together and make the association grow!