ROOSEVELT - Historical research and writing, as well as meeting with like-minded neighbors, is the best way to spend a Saturday and especially Texas History Day, May 6, when the Edwards Plateau Historical Association will meet for the annual meeting.

ROOSEVELT - Historical research and writing, as well as meeting with like-minded neighbors, is the best way to spend a Saturday and especially Texas History Day, May 6, when the Edwards Plateau Historical Association will meet for the annual meeting.

All gatherings are open to the public and members may pay dues. The cost is $5 per person or $7.50 per couple.

The organization's upcoming meeting, will be held at the famous Back Door Cafe, at 3861 State Loop 291, 18 miles west of Junction off IH-10, in the historic hamlet of Roosevelt, Texas. Reservations for the lunch are requested, and may be made through Margaret Gave, 325-446-2477, or to her address at P.O. Box 243, Junction, Texas 76849.The cost is $15 per person.

The day will commence with sign-in at 9:30 a.m. and refreshments will be available throughout the morning. Speakers include members of the Allison families of Sutton and Kimble counties, who have researched their ancestors backgrounds extensively. A history of the settlement of Roosevelt, the site of an historical marker, and written by Frederica Wyatt, will also be given.

Additionally, Tai Kreidler of West Texas Collections at Texas Tech University has volunteered to be part of the program. He will give a power point and speak about "Cadillac Jack," a Texas wildcatter. It is a rare opportunity to hear this professional and it will be a great asset to the day.

A short business meeting will be held during the lunch break, which is also open to the public. Then, you may browse through the Association's historian publications, for sale at moderate prices, or the books of other authors from the area writing the historical facts of legendary places and people.

As has been stated several times in publications of the Edwards Plateau Historical Association, the group formed at Menard, Texas, on October 20, 1962. Credit for the idea of preserving history and stimulating interest of this area goes to Miss Susan Miles of San Angelo, and the first president of the group was John Winslow of Menard.

During the ensuing years, coverage of the twenty-four counties contained in the Edwards Plateau area of Texas has been enlightening, descriptive, legendary and extremely informative, especially to any history buffs living in the area.

From 1962 through 2001, annual meetings were held in different locations each year includin Menard, Ballinger, Fredericksburg, Mason, the Y.O. Ranch at Mountain Home, Brady, Robert Lee, Sonora, Eden, Llano, Winters, Kerrville, Harper, Rocksprings, San Angelo, Paint Rock and London. Then, beginning in 2002, semi-annual meetings began, with the first being at San Saba and the second at Johnson City. Since that time, semi-annual meetings have been held in some of these same cities, but new and different historical sites or meeting places are chosen to give different perspectives and the chance for members and guests to visit or explore various pieces and parts of Texas history.