The Unveiling of “Schertz Now and Then: An Oral History”

the-crossvine | April 5 2019

The Unveiling of “Schertz Now and Then: An Oral History”

On March 6, The Crossvine and the City of Schertz celebrated the official unveiling of “Schertz Now & Then: An Oral History,” a 25-minute documentary chronicling the rich history and growth of Schertz from its founding to current day. The unveiling event and celebration took place at the Schertz Public Library, and featured the first public showing of the documentary, a panel discussion with interviewees, as well as pop up booths by local organizations set up throughout the library.

“Schertz Now & Then: An Oral History” features interviews with former city officials, area historians, and residents of Schertz whose families have lived in the area for generations, sharing stories about Schertz from the 1900s to now. Through conversations with area historians and lifelong residents of Schertz, the project grew into its current form – a full-fledged documentary about the city with interviews and stories told by those who know Schertz best.

Interviewees include:

  • Lewis Borgfeld, Schertz Bank and Trust
  • Robert Bueker, Former Mayor, 1973-1980
  • Lane Bourgeois, Historian
  • Michael Dahle, Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Gail Hyatt, Former City Councilmember and Lifelong Resident
  • John Kessel, Former City Manager, 2011-2018
  • Dr. Mark Penshorn, Lifelong Resident
  • Dean Weirtz, Chairman of the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee

The project was originally envisioned by The Crossvine developer Chris Price, who was motivated by a deep respect for the city of Schertz and a passion for its history. “This has been such an interesting and rewarding project, and one that we are thrilled to share with everyone in Schertz,” said Chris Price, President of Schertz 1518, and Executive Producer of the documentary. “Schertz is truly a fantastic place for people to live, work and play in, and this documentary highlights the history, values and passion here in Schertz.”

Below you can view the full documentary, “Schertz Now and Then: An Oral History,” on The City of Schertz YouTube site: