Rosemarie Gregory recognized by the Historical Commission | Community alert
Congratulations to our very own Rosemarie Gregory for receiving the Frederick Frueholz, Jr. Historic Preservation Award this year!
It was a packed house in Commissioners Court on Thursday, May 19, 2022, when Comal County Judge Sherman Krause and the Comal County Commissioners issued the proclamation recognizing Rosemarie Leissner Gregory as the recipient of the Frederick Frueholz, Jr. Historic Preservation Award 2022. A recipient is chosen annually by the Comal County Historic Commissioners, based on their dedication to the historic preservation of Comal County. Dr. Frueholz, a retired local physician and community volunteer who died at age 91 in 2018, pioneered local historic preservation efforts. In 1963, he became the first chairman of the CCHC, then known as the Comal County Historical Survey Committee. The Frueholz Prize is awarded to those who have helped record and preserve the county’s rich history.
Rosemarie has co-authored many books and publications over her lifetime on the history of our community, including her most recent book, “New Braunfels Landa Historical Park, Its Springs and People” which she co-wrote with her lifelong friend, Arlene Krueger-Seales. Rosemarie attributes the success of the book to the many friends and acquaintances who contributed to it. During her acceptance speech, Rosemarie humorously relayed her original one-year project plan that spanned six years due to the wealth of contributions and stories, historic photos, and other historical discoveries, including including historical tapes provided by the New Braunfels Public Library filled with wonderful stories about Landa Park. Also considering the quality and variety of modern Landa Park photos and illustrations they needed to curate, it’s no wonder their first book signing event took place six years after the project began. She thanked the many contributors and gave each a share of the credit for their award.
Rosemarie, a member of Friends for the Preservation of Historic Landa Park, is a columnist and coordinator of Friend’s bi-weekly historical stories column for the Herald-Zeitung (2016-2022).
Rosemarie celebrated her 90th birthday on May 18, 2022. Her family has been in New Braunfels since its founding in the 1840s, and she has a lifetime of wonderful stories to share with her community. Rosemarie loves studying and writing about our local history.
Rosemarie has co-authored three other local history books with her friend, Myra Lee Goff. These are “Kindermaskenball, Past and Present” (1993), “New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas” (1993) for the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, and “A Journey in Faith—the History of First Protestant Church, New Braunfels, TX”. 1844-1995” (1994) for the first Protestant church.
Rosemarie’s personal story is filled with accomplishments: On May 19, 2003, Rosemarie was awarded the “Yellow Rose of Texas” by Governor Rick Perry, in recognition of her outstanding community service. She also received the Texas History Gold Medal from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. In 2013, Rosemarie received the City of the Prince Service Award from the New Braunfels Parks Department. In 2018, a red oak tree was planted on Gazebo Circle in Landa Park by the New Braunfels Garden Club in honor of its senior members, including Rosemarie Gregory and Arlene Seales for co-authoring the book “New Braunfels’ Historic Landa Park , Its Springs and Its People.
On September 30, 2021, Rosemarie and her co-author, Arlene Krueger Seales, were additionally honored with benches of blue butterflies adorned by the Parks Foundation and the Friends for the Preservation of Historic Landa Park for their preservation efforts in writing from the Landa Park Book ( NBHZ 4 October 2021). The blue benches are set up at the Landa Family Memories Butterfly Garden in Landa Park. Mayor Rusty Brockman and representatives from the New Braunfels Park Foundation and the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department gathered with friends and family at Landa Park to honor Rosemarie and Arlene. Refreshments were provided by Friends for Landa Park.
Rosemarie, as a Stewart Fellow of the Heritage Society, started the Docent program for the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in the historic Breustedt-Dillen Haus, an 1858 fachwerk house in Heritage Village. She was president of the Docent committee for three years and of the Docent steering committee for 5 years. She is a member of the Blue Coat Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Comal County Conservation Society, the New Braunfels Garden Club and the Sophienburg Museum and Archives where she worked with Iris Schumann for many years. Rosemarie served for eight years as president in the history of the first Protestant church, formerly known as the German Protestant Church. In this capacity, she was responsible for maintaining the archives. Rosemarie organized a unique historical exhibit each year and, upon request, gave tours of the church property while sharing its history.
Rosemarie served on the Comal County Historical Commission for nearly 15 years. During this time she started and edited the “Looking Back” column in the Herald-Zeitung representing the CCHC and the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. Other CCHC members contributed to the column. Their sources were the collections of the Zeitung and the Herald-Zeitung at the Archives in Sophienburg. This column continued for many years.
Rosemarie was also an active member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter. During Rosemarie’s time as president of the DRT Lindheimer local chapter, she started the annual scholarship brunch that continues today to raise money for Comal County high school scholarships. She served on the DRT’s board of directors for four years, two of which as general historian of the DRT. She also served for eight years as a member of the DRT Library Committee at the Alamo.
Tim Barker is president of Friends for the Preservation of Historic Landa Park.