Welcome to our August Newsletter!
So much has happened since our last newsletter, so we have several interesting things to update you all on.
First, you will see that new doors have been installed on the Carver School building. We, also, had a wonderful Juneteenth celebration. Several SISCA members participated in a Living History Foundation event in Castroville. Several volunteers for the Laughlin AFB Honor Guard cleaned the Seminole Indians Scouts Cemetery. We had a very successful BBQ fundraiser on August 10. And we'll also be sharing our latest election 2019 and Seminole Days 2019 news, so read on to get informed!
The Carver School has new doors!
A big "thank you" goes to Joe Louis Factor, Brian Harrington (our treasurer Corina's husband), and their son Brian Keith Harrington for volunteering their time to install new doors at the Carver School on June 10 and June 17. They installed new doors on the front and side of the building. (Photos by Corina Torralba-Harrington)
We celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday, June 15th this year. We had a great turnout. Along with our annual program, we also had a BBQ plate sale. Below are some of the highlights from the day. We truly appreciate everyone who attended, and we are looking forward to seeing you all next year.
Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery
On Saturday, July 13, the restoration of the entrance of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery began. The first tasks that were completed were the removal of our historic sign and the removal of the top layer of white paint. This was an all day task. The top layer of paint had to be removed in order for the new coat of paint to go on smoothly.
Now, the next step will be to paint the poles. This project is scheduled to be completed before Seminole Days.
Thank you to Jerry Fay, George Fay, Gloria Romero, and Corina Torralba-Harrington for taking on this project.
(Photos courtesy of Corina Torralba-Harrington)
Laughlin Honor Guard and
Top 3 Organization Volunteer at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery
On July 24, the Laughlin Honor Guard Team along with the Top 3 Organization volunteered at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery. They chose this volunteer opportunity because of its direct relation to their primary mission -- military funeral honors.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to take care of our beloved cemetery. (Photos courtesy of the Laughlin AFB Honor Guard Facebook page)
"Seeing History from a
Living History Foundation, Castroville, Texas
On Saturday, July 20, several SISCA members participated in an event entitled A Sunset Tour: "Seeing History from a Different Light." The LIving History Foundation hosted the event, which took place at the historic Landmark Inn in Castroville, Texas. It highlighted the histories of people of color who lived in Texas before it was Texas. Guests were able to hear about the histories of a Franciscan Friar, Santa Anna, and the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts, just to name a few.
Moore Park, Del Rio, TX
Thank you to everyone who attended the BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, August 10 at Moore Park in Del Rio. And a big, huge thank you goes to the volunteers: Corina Torralba Harrington, Clarence Flowers, Ana Guiterrez, Gloria Romero, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Louis Factor, Lee Torralba, Bertha Benson, George Fay, Barbara Brown, Dina Rodriguez, Rafaela “Affie” Brown, Rocío, Jesse Atkinson, Edith Goodloe, Merry Brown, and Terran Alexander.
SISCA members who are eligible to vote, you should be receiving your ballots via snail mail. Please contact us if you have any questions.
We are feverishly preparing for an exciting and unforgettable Seminole Days. We hope that you have all made plans to attend. Seminole Days is taking place from Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September, 22.
Come and enjoy our many annual events — Seminole Canyon trip, marker dedication, parade, program, BBQ plate sale, vendors and booths, museum tours, pasta dinner, dance, and cemetery ceremony.
This year, we are happy to announce a new event called the Elders’ Circle, where we will make time and space to learn about the stories and lives of our beloved elders. This will take place on Saturday afternoon.
We will be posting more details shortly.
Is it time to renew your membership? Our website makes it easy. Just click the button below to become a new member or to renew your membership. Or you can send us your check or money order by mail, if you prefer. Your membership is very important to us. There truly is strength in numbers. Become a member of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association today. Thank you!
Monthly Meeting - September 2019
Our next monthly meeting will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 PM. Please contact us for teleconference details if you’d like to be on the call.
We’ve been fortunate to receive help in many forms over the past few months. A special thank you goes to Katarina “Kato” Wittich for donating a MacBook to the association to be used in the museum and to Cynthia Ventura Atchico for donating a monitor to the association that will be used in the museum to watch videos on.
Thank you, everyone, so much for your continued support, care, and interest in our beloved association.