MASON - The spring meeting is close upon us! On May 5, the town of Mason, through the Mason County Historical Association, will be hosting the Edwards Plateau Historical Association, with wonderful surprises on the list. There will be the usual sign-in, refreshments, catered meal and meeting all at the Mason Library. Later, tours of the Mason County Museum, the Seaquist House and Fort Mason will be available and open to the public.

MASON - The spring meeting is close upon us! On May 5, the town of Mason, through the Mason County Historical Association, will be hosting the Edwards Plateau Historical Association, with wonderful surprises on the list. There will be the usual sign-in, refreshments, catered meal and meeting all at the Mason Library. Later, tours of the Mason County Museum, the Seaquist House and Fort Mason will be available and open to the public.

An eye catching and beautiful area, Mason is located in the northern part of the Edward's Plateau and part of the Llano Uplift. It has a lot to offer in the way of history. Local writer and author, Scott Zesch, will be attending and giving a paper on The Seaquist House, one of the most sought after places to visit in the area.

Meetings have been held all over the region--Fredericksburg, Eden, Kerrville, Rocksprings, Winters, Harper, Roosevelt, Llano, Menard, Sonora, Brady, Paint Rock, London, and many more, with the last being held in San Angelo. The group was established in 1962, and continues to meet in different sites twice a year, May and October, and in the process, gives members and guests a chance to explore various parts of Texas history.

The county is known for the primary location of the State Gemstone, the Topaz, and a lot of Indian lore, tales of Comanche Creek, Indian raids, and also Fort Mason, established in 1851, where settlers would shelter for protection, even after it was no longer manned by the Army. Charles Eckert will give the great facts and stories on the Fort as his presentation and Fran Hoerster, Vice President of the Mason County Historical Association, will also offer tales of northwestern Mason County, which will include The Block House and Capitola.

Gretchen Lange Qualls will be presenting the first story of the day on "Old Koocksville," starting at 10 a.m., just after coffee, pastries and sign-in, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

During the day, a short business meeting will be conducted by President Ruth Cooper, of Winters, with minutes being kept and read by Frederica Wyatt, of Junction. Several other committees' reports comprising the group's different projects and needs will also be given. Various authors, researchers, professors and other historical figures bring interest to the meetings and offer their books for sale. The Edwards Plateau Historical Association also has its own collection of volumes of previously given talks and meetings for sale.

The cost to attend is $15 per person, and even if you are not a member, you are welcome to attend. Come visit, soak in the historical stories, and meet new friends. the dues for the EPHA are $5 per person or $7.50 per couple and are due every October. Contact Margaret Gaver at 325-446-2477, or at her address at P O Box 243, Junction, Tx 76849. for reservations by May 2.