The Stories of San Marcos -
Discovering Our Town's Roots.


SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Mermaid Society SMTX partners with Lifelong Learning Organization of San Marcos to debut a storytelling speaker series at Root Cellar Bakery.


Whether a newly arrived resident of San Marcos or “an old-timer”, there is so much to know, value and love about our town! Starting Wednesday, April 11th the community is invited to take advantage of a rare opportunity to hear from community leaders of the Indigenous Cultures Institute, The Heritage Association of San Marcos, Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Calaboose African American Museum and Ron Coley - Fountains of St. Mark, who will share compelling stories about San Marcos. 

This new program is a cultural initiative of Mermaid Society and is coordinated by LifeLong Learning Organization of San Marcos. Its purpose is to create a platform for community engagement and the advancement of local cultural knowledge of our cities roots. The Stories of San Marcos is a multi -collaborative project designed to be a weekly story-telling series every Wednesday morning through October. Hear stories of the first people- the Coahuiltecans; African American life in early Texas; Hispanic heritage, history and heroes of our community; learn of historical sites, buildings and archives as well as traditions that beautify and enrich community life; and the story of the San Marcos cultural and scientific attraction-- the San Marcos River … all while having a great cup of coffee in downtown San Marcos at the Root Cellar Bakery!

“The opportunity to hear the stories of San Marcos from dedicated, insightful community members as well as get to meet them is not to be missed; however, having KZSM record them is terrific” added Marianne Reese, Founder and Director of the LifeLong Learning Organization of San Marcos. 

KZSM community radio will be on-site to record the stories and will broadcast the presentations at a later time. The first presentation on April 11 will feature The Indigenous Cultures Institute. "Repatriation of Native American Ancestors" (Repatriation---will work). Presented by Dr. Mario Garza, elder of the Miakan-Garza Band. This event is free to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. 

Join us at the Root Cellar Bakery at 142 N. LBJ Drive every Wednesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. beginning April 11th. 

About LifeLong Learning Organization of San Marcos
Life-Long Learning program it is a nonprofit organization focused on self-sustaining diverse repertoire of intellectually stimulating, non-credit courses designed to elicit participation through social interaction and pleasurable learning in San Marcos. This organization was founded by Dr. Marianne Reese

Speaker Schedule

Indigenous Cultures Institute (
April 11 | May 16 | June 20 | Aug. 1 | Sept. 5 | Oct. 10

The Calaboose African American History Museum (
April 18 | May 23 | June 27 | Aug. 8 | Sept.12 | Oct. 17

Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (
April 25 | May 30 | July 11 | Aug. 15 | Sept.19 | Oct. 24. 

The Heritage Association of San Marcos (
May 2 | June 6 | July 18 | Aug. 22 | Sept. 26 | Oct. 31

Ron Coley, author Fountains of St. Mark (
May 9 | June 13 | July 25 | Aug. 29 | Oct. 3