All About Us

We preserve and promote Georgetown's heritage through preservation advocacy, education, and community engagement.

The History of Preservation Georgetown

America’s Bicentennial celebrations in 1976 sparked a nationwide preservation boom.  In Georgetown, a group of citizens who had worked diligently on Georgetown’s Bicentennial celebration also had a heightened awareness of historic resources at the local level.  It was the vision of this group that led to the formation of the Georgetown Heritage Society.

As its name suggests, the organization’s mission is to preserve and promote interest in Georgetown’s heritage—its historic buildings and sites and the people associated with them, as well as the documents, pictures and other records relating to them.  Among PG’s lasting achievements that all Georgetown citizens still enjoy today are organizing the first Christmas Stroll, reviving the old traditional May Fair (now the Red Poppy Festival), starting the Georgetown History and Visitor Information Center (now run by the City) and collecting a substantial repository of historic photographs and documents (now available in our living collection at Southwestern University's Special Collections).  Today Preservation Georgetown works to fulfill our mission in a variety of ways.  The most visible is the annual Home Tour, featuring several historic homes that are open to the public.  Proceeds from the tour are used to support other PG initiatives including informative programs and educational publications. Most recently (2013), the Olive Street National Register Historic District was established in Georgetown; a project initiated, managed and funded by PG. The charge of the organization continues to expand to meet responsibly the growth and needs of the community – ever mindful of preserving the past for future generations.

PG enjoys a cooperative relationship with the City of Georgetown, other organizations and the community; sharing resources, programming and facilities to promote historic preservation and heritage tourism.

We encourage all to join PG and share the camaraderie of membership through like-minded interests, regular programming and special events!

Our Board of Directors

We LOVE our board members because...they bring time, talent, energy, and passion to Preservation Georgetown. We could not do our preservation work without them. Every year we have members rolling off the board and welcome new board members.

The PG board is a considered a working board because...between monthly meetings, board members work in individual areas (i.e. membership or fundraising) to further PG efforts in our community. They come together to work on projects, sometimes with committees and, of course, they do enjoy educational events as well as fun times with membership and the community.

2021-2022 Board of Directors

 

Linda Thomas, Treasurer:
Linda and her husband chose to retire in Georgetown after 35 years in the Clear Lake area of Houston, where she worked at the Johnson Space Center. They bought a house near the library in 2015, completely remodeled it, and started living here full-time in late 2018. It continues as a work in progress. In addition to supporting Preservation Georgetown, Linda enjoys singing in her church choir, quilting, and walking to the town square to drink a glass of wine.
 
 
 
Mickie Ross, President:
Mickie retired in 2020, after spending 12 years in her dream job at The Williamson
Museum and 21 years as an elementary school teacher. She and her husband Dale, a local
CPA, fell in love with Georgetown after their first visit and moved here in 2000. They
found their forever home in Old Town in 2004 and love being a part of this community.
A sixth generation Texan, Mickie’s love of history was destined from the beginning and she enjoys sharing the stories of Georgetown’s past.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ben Oliver, Director and Historical Resources Chair:
Ben and his family originally came to Georgetown in 1977. They built their house in Old Town, just two blocks from Southwestern University where he served as Academic Dean and Provost for twelve years. He later went on to serve as President of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. Upon retiring in 2000 he returned to his Old Town home and ended up serving on City Council from 2004 to 2010 as well as serving on the boards of Georgetown’s Economic Development and Transportation Enhancement Corporations.
 
 
 
 
 
Jerry McCulley, Director and Preservation Fund Grant Chair:
Jerry became a Georgetown resident in 2016 following a 26-year Air Force career and 22 years as a realtor in Austin. He moved into a home on Church Street in Old Town, converting it from a commercial office back to a residence. The work continues. He has been active with Preservation Georgetown since 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Megan Firestone, Director: Head of Special Collections and Archives at Southwestern University, Megan has a love of history, especially local and community history. She looks forward to serving on the Preservation Georgetown board to help preserve the heritage of Georgetown and develop ways to engage the public with the history of the community.
 
 
 
 
 
Faustine Curry, Secretary: A fundraiser at Southwestern University, and an attorney who loves exploring the wonders of the past, Faustine and her husband live in a wonderful home they renovated in Old Town. She is excited to serve on the Preservation Georgetown board, to share with others the amazing stories of Georgetown's past, and to encourage learning about history so the past can continue to be cared for and preserved.
 
 
 
 
Alton Martin, Vice President: A recently arrived resident in Georgetown's historic district, Alton is a semi-retired consultant. He is founder of Trusource Labs which, in 2016, was named the fastest growing business in Central Texas. Alton enjoys serving on boards and commissions and looks forward to helping continue the good works of Preservation Georgetown.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lawrence Romero, Director: An Army and Air Force veteran, and a graduate of the University of Houston, Lawrence found this wonderful community by accident after dropping of friend in Austin. In 2009 he stumbled upon a house for sale and the rest is history. He and his partner own the Glasscock-Beaver House and the Mattie Rouser House and love to share related historical facts they’ve uncovered. Lawrence looks forward being on the Preservation Georgetown board as we successfully emerge from the events of the past year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bob Blomquist, Director: Bob retired from Dell Technologies after 25 years of service and has spent the last five years overseeing the restoration of two historic homes in Old Town. Prior to moving to Georgetown, he worked with the Austin Historical Society and the Pease Park Conservancy. His connection to this great town runs deep. His great-grandparents were Swedish immigrant farmers who settled Georgetown in the late 1800s and were early members of the St. John Methodist Church.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kris Thompson, Membership & Communication Coordinator
(not a board position, but an important part of the PG team!): Kris and husband Lance moved from Houston to Georgetown and are in the process of restoring their historic home in Old Town. In her past Kris has been a fraud investigator, business owner, graphic designer, and Producer of the Houston 48 Hour Film Project. Kris is a playwright and is happy to have seen her work produced across the US and beyond.
 
Interested in serving on the board?
Please Email:
PreservationGeorgetown@gmail.com