Kevin Klaus of the Texas General Land Office in Austin will be the guest speaker at the Genealogical and Historical Society of Caldwell County’s general meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the research center at J.B. Nickells Memorial Library in Luling.
The meeting marks the 30th anniversary of the society which was formed in March 1983. The G&HS publishes the Plum Creek Almanac twice a year and continually wins state awards for excellence.
Klaus said he developed a love of history from an early age by listening to stories told by his grandparents and great-grandparents who grew up in East Texas. During the past 30 years, he has collected materials and recorded his family roots using photographs, letters, Bible records and personal memories.
Klaus grew up in Central Texas and returned here after his U.S. Army discharge in 1998. He has a background in anthropology, archaeology and public speaking from the University of New Mexico and is working to become a certified genealogist.
For the past 10 years, he has been one of the lead researchers in the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program area. During this time he has searched the early Court of Claims files and archival collection to learn more about the history of Texas and to discover the large number of personal letters of early soldiers and pioneers who helped settle our state.
G&HS members and everyone interested in learning about the General Land Office and its holdings are invited to attend the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.