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2016-10-20

Help Save Polly's Schoolhouse

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The Polly Texas Pioneer Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the historic settlement of Polly, Texas in southeast Bandera County. Founded by our namesake, this village is one of the last historical Tejano towns still remaining in Texas.
To date, we’ve successfully restored the historic Polly’s Chapel, cleaned up and improved Polly’s Cemetery and placed historical signage around Polly, Texas.
Our newest restoration project is “Polly’s Schoolhouse”; a historic one-room schoolhouse built in 1892 by Jose Policarpio “Polly” Rodriguez, who also donated the land to the state. During its era, it provided the community with an educational center and a place to hold community and other cultural activities. The Schoolhouse was transferred from Bandera Independent School District. “We’re pleased that the board moved to transfer this small historical treasure to Polly Texas Pioneer Association. We are confident that this group will carry out the restoration and provide a worthwhile community use.” Says Ms. Regina Howell, Bandera ISD Superintendent.
“We’re very excited to be able to restore another historical treasure of the Bandera Hill Country area. Also, we’ve started putting together a Schoolhouse Committee to help raise awareness and funding for the restoration of Polly’s Schoolhouse,” says Rudi Rodriguez, Schoolhouse Committee Chairman.
The Schoolhouse Committee is led by Mr. Rudi Rodriguez, President of Texas Tejano.com, Ms. Flo Hopkins, Chairwoman Emeritus of our organization, Ms. Vivian Cantu, Vice President of EPI Electrical Enclosures & Engineering, Mr. Roy Dugosh, Chair-man of the Bandera Historical Commission, Dr. James Lewis, UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, Commissioner Jordan Rutherford, Bandera County, Precinct 4 and Dr. Michel Zuch, Dean of Academic Affairs at Lone Star College.
Once restored, the schoolhouse will serve as a community center, micro museum and will provide a children's outdoor interactive learning center. We will also be registering Polly’s Schoolhouse as an official Texas State Historical landmark.
Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 29, for an open house at Polly's Schoolhouse from 10 am - Noon. Enjoy refreshments, tours, fun and history. For more information, history and photos please visit pollytexaspioneerassociation.org or call Mr. Vincent Tavera at (210) 673-3584.