Schreiner Mansion


June 13 - July 25, 2015
Stone-Carving Classes at Mansion Continue
Due to popular demand, Dean Reganess will continue to offer free stone-carving classes at the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center.  The classes will be held in the mansion’s courtyard from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays June 13 and 27 and July 11 and 25. The sessions are open to participants 8 years old to adult, and each class will be limited to 10 participants.  Read more...

May 31 - June 5, 2015
Schreiner Mansion to Close For Chalk Festival Preparations
The Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center will be closed May 31-June 5 to prepare for Chalk! A Festival on the Plaza.  The festival on June 6 and 7 is free and open to the public and proceeds will benefit the Mansion.  Read more....

May 5 - May 30, 2015
Stone Sculpture Exhibit at Schreiner Mansion in May
The Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center will host an exhibit of stone sculpture by local stone carver Dean Reganess during May. Fifteen of his sculptures will be displayed on the first floor of the mansion from Tuesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 30. Reganess will also teach two sessions of Saturday afternoon classes for 8 to 12-year-olds and adults. The free classes, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 16 and May 30, are limited to 10 participants, and will be held in the courtyard behind the mansion. To register for the classes contact Stacey Lewis, director of the Schreiner Mansion, at 830-890-5886 or email A third-generation stone carver, Reganess grew up in rural Michigan. He owns and operates Carver Road, a Kerrville-based stone carving, sculpture and fine stone masonry company, which offers custom designing, and original, one-of-a-kind artwork. Carver Road has a page on Facebook with photos of some of its creations. Working with others in the Kerrville area, Reganess hopes to start a revival of old-world artisan skills through the creation of a free school here.

March 7 - October 31, 2015
The Story of Us: The Impact of Tuberculosis on the Growth of Kerr County
The Friends of the Kerr County Historical Commission presents an exhibit “The Story of Us: The Impact of Tuberculosis on the Growth of Kerr County”. A static exhibit upstairs in the Schreiner Mansion depicts the story of this phenomenon.  Additionally there will be a series of presentations on the various residents of the area that were affected and affected our development.  They include a program by Dr. Dan Bacon about the VA hospital on April 11, 2015; one by Joe Herring, Jr on June 11, 2015 about the Butt Family and Father Henry Kemper, and a program about the early physicians who treated the disease on September 18, 2015.  The exhibit will open on March 7, 2015 with a short presentation overview of the topic, and a reception. The exhibit ends on October 31, 2015. All are welcome.

June 6 - 7, 2015
Chalk! A Festival on the Plaza
The Cailloux Foundation is the founding sponsor for CHALK! ... A Festival on the Plaza benefiting Schreiner University’s historic Schreiner Mansion. The tradition of street painting began in 16th century Italy with itinerant artists, many of whom had been brought into the cities to work on the huge cathedrals. When the work was done, they would often recreate the paintings of the Madonna onto the pavement. All activities will take place on Peterson Plaza with Mansion tours throughout each day.

Postponed - please check back
Magic at the Mansion
Fun filled night of Hocus Pocus with a Comical Focus

February 24 - April 3, 2015
Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit
Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat, and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle. This exhibition is available in wall-hanging and abridged freestanding versions. Vaquero is an exhibition created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities ... read press release

February 17, 2015
Mardi Gras on Main
A project of the Kerrville Main Street program with the City of Kerrville.  A night of good food & fine wine in New Orleans style.  Earl Garrett Street and Mansion

January 7 - February 7, 2015
The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s
A pictorial essay on the family and community life of Texas settlers as reflected in old buildings, The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s has been abridged into a compact display well-suited to schools, libraries, and other cultural institutions.... read press release

October 28 - November 14, 2014
Salute to the Military
Time: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00-4:00
Military uniforms and equipment from WWI and WWII.  An exhibition made possible in part by the generous donations of some Kerrville families and veterans.... read press release

March 21, 2014
Graces Received’ exhibit to show at Schreiner Mansion
“Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy and Mexico” will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, March 25 through May 3 at the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center at 226 Earl Garrett St .... read press release

New Orleans Jazz Funerals February 3, 2014
African American History Month Art Exhibit featuring photographs from Leo Touchet: New Orleans Jazz Funerals

February 18 - March 4, 2014
11:00-4:00  Tuesday - Saturday

December 13, 2013
Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center will be closed December 22, 2013 through January 6, 2014 for renovations to the parlor of the home.  These renovations are a part of the Mansion update project taking place over the next few years. For additional information call Mindy Wendele, Director of Schreiner Mansion and Community Engagement at 830.896.8633.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Hollywood in the Hill Country
The Center for Innovative Learning at Schreiner University will host producer and director Patrick Durham at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Schreiner Mansion, 226 Earl Garrett St.

Hollywood in the Hill Country

“Hollywood in the Hill Country” is a how-to event with Durham, a producer and director, who has produced more than 20 full-length feature films including, “Hoboken Hollow” starring Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, C. Thomas Howell and Jason Connery. He also has produced the sequels to “Lion’s Gates” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Cabin Fever” franchise starring Rider Strong, who is best known for his role on “Boy Meets World” as Shawn Hunter.  Seating for the event is limited, and free tickets are available at the Schreiner University Information Desk located inside the Floyd and Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center.  For more information on the event, contact Martha York at or call 830-792-7352.  For more information about Schreiner, visit

Women of the USMC

Coming Friday, November 9, 2012
More Than a Footnote:   Women of the United States Marine Corps - Historical Perspectives from the Women of the Corps Collection
The Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center in downtown Kerrville will host the Women of the Corps Collection exhibit, “More Than a Footnote: Women of the United States Marine Corps – Historical Perspectives” from November 9 through December 8, 2012.  The opening of this exhibit is part of Schreiner University’s commemoration of Veterans Day.

April 26th, 2012

Faces of Kerrville: Images from a Barber's Chair

Images from a Barber's Chair

Photographs taken by David Jackson at the Frontier Barbershop will be on display at the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center, 226 Earl Garrett, May 18-June 23. The exhibit, "Faces of Kerrville: Images from a Barber's Chair," was the idea of Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner University's provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"Although getting our hair cut is a widespread and common experience, it is also very personal and intimate," said McCormick. "These photographs open up that most interesting moment of being in the barber's chair where we are who we are when the masks we too often wear fall away."

The images include a cross-section of Texas Hill Country residents, as well as visitors to the area. Vicki Mullins, assistant art director of creative services at Schreiner, designed the exhibit.

"This exhibit is part of a larger service project initiated by Leadership Kerr County to contribute to the revitalization of downtown by helping bring the mansion back to its former glory," said Mark Tuschak, vice president for advancement and public affairs at Schreiner. "Many donors and volunteers contributed significant funding and many hours to make this project a success."

The exhibit will open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 18, with a grand re-opening ribbon cutting at 1 pm. and will be free and open to the public 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Schreiner University owns the Schreiner Mansion.

May 18, 2012
Mansion Renewal and Ribbon Cutting

Schreiner Mansion Ribbon Cutting

The Leadership Kerr County Class of 2012 along with Schreiner University President Tim Summerlin cutting the ribbon on the renewed Schreiner Mansion on May 18th, 2012.  See more ribbon cutting photos and the Mansion Reveal photos.

March 7, 2012
National Women's History Month
The first event is an author's reception/presentation/book signing by Schreiner alum Jeanne Schumacher Sutton in support of the publication of Jeanne's book, Hunt, Texas . . . The Early Years . . . 1857-1959  

Date: Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2012
Reception:  5-7 p.m.
Presentation: 5:30 - 6 p.m.
Book Signing:  6-7 p.m.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres
Jeanne was born and raised in Kerr County, Texas. Following graduation from Tivy High School and Schreiner Institute, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeanne was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a program manager of weapon development programs. Following twenty-eight years of military service and six years consulting to the Department of Defense on missile development programs, Jeanne returned to her roots and began extensive family research of her direct and allied families.

Background: Jeanne Schumacher Sutton
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin, 1971
Masters of Arts (Public Administration), University of Northern Colorado, 1977
Certified Public Accountant, State of Maryland
United States Air Force, 1971-1999 - Colonel
Consultant, Missile Defense Agency, Washington, DC.

The second event is a reception and presentation "Domesticity, Politics and Why Sarah Palin is a Feminist" by Dr. Jeannette Cockroft.

Date: Tuesday afternoon, March 27, after work, from 5-7 p.m.
Presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres.

The topic of her presentation examines the re-emergence of a traditional definition of feminism. This notion of feminism, originally rooted in 19th century notions of female moral superiority, has been revived in the 21st century by high profile, conservative women such as Sarah Palin and Phyllis Schlafly.

Dr. Cockroft's presentation on the shifting notions of feminism, domesticity and the movement of women into electoral politics build on her graduate research at Texas A&M University. The title of her dissertation, 'Margaret Chase Smith and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy, 1920s-1950s' examined the career development strategies employed by the former Republican senator from Maine.

April 4, 2012

National Poetry Month
The third presentation is "American Inferni," by Kerstin Blum of OttNational Poetry Montho-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (Germany).

American Inferni by Kerstin Blum
Date: Wednesday afternoon, April 4, with a reception from 5-7.
Presentation beginning at 5:30.  Wine and hors d'oeuvres.

This paper reads American appropriations of Dante’s Commedia as translations that seek to connect past and present of a diasporic people, thereby helping them negotiate the cultural transition to this day, proving the transatlantic vitality of a European classic.

Born and raised in Northern Bavaria, Kerstin Blum is about to finish her dissertation on the artistic reception of Dante’s Inferno by British artist Tom Phillips RA.Otto-Friedrich Universität, Bamberg, PhD Italian, English, Communication Sciences Subject: "Illustrative Visuelle Poesie: Zur produktionsästhetischen Dante-Rezeption bei Tom Phillips" presently pursuing University of South Carolina, Columbia (USA) Degree: Master in Comparative Literature Thesis: "African American Infernos: Dante in Naylor and Ellison"

Otto-Friedrich Universität, Bamberg,  Romance Languages Italian, English, Communication Sciences, Intermediate examination Italian (BA equivalent)

The Mansion is an historic building without elevator access to the second floor. The presentations take place on the second floor. Events are FREE, but reservations are required because space is limited. Call to reserve: 830-896-8633.

October 13, 2011
Author, Photojournalist to speak at Schreiner Mansion Oct. 18
Local author Rhonda Lashley Lopez will share lessons and observations from her new documentary book of photographs and oral histories Don’t Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country, 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Schreiner University’s Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center, 226 Earl Garrett St., in Kerrville. This casual, after-work event includes refreshments.

A San Antonio Express review called Lopez’ book, published by the University of Texas Press, a “beautiful new testament to female fortitude that redefines the old saw ‘labor of love.’” The author is a working journalist and a former adjunct journalism instructor at Schreiner University.

An exhibit of photographs from the book and from the University’s Logan Library Hill Country Collection will accompany the discussion. The exhibit will run until Thursday, Oct. 20. The Schreiner mansion’s regular hours for the public are 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The mansion will add special hours 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, for exhibit viewing.

I'm very excited that Schreiner University is showing the ranchwomen project in Kerrville, an historic hub for Hill Country ranching, and the town where several of the women in my book grew up or did business,” Lopez said. “The ranching way of life has been changing and fading during the past decades, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to meet some remarkable women ranchers who love what they do and work hard to hold on to their way of life.”

Lashley will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale after the discussion.

This event and the exhibit are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required for the Oct. 18 book presentation on the second floor of the mansion. The exhibit of photos and artifacts will be available on the first floor. Reservations for only viewing the exhibit are not required. To reserve a seat for the presentation, call or leave a message at 830-896-8633. Because the Schreiner Mansion is an historic space, no elevator is available.

For more information about this event, e-mail Kat Walker, director of instructional technology, at or call 830-792-7353. For more information about Schreiner’s Hill Country Collection of archival material, visit the website.

Contact: Amy Armstrong
Director of University Relations
Tel: 830-792-7405

October 12, 2011
Schreiner Mansion Featured in New York Times Article
An article entitled "A Hill Town that Whispers, Not Shouts" by Stirling Kelso appeared in print on September 18th, 2011 in the National edition of the New York Times and mentions the Schreiner Mansion along with other local treasures.

You can access the online version of the article below: online version of the article "A Hill Town that Whispers, Not Shouts"

February 25, 2011
Re-Opening Event Night A Success!
top hat, gloves and cane
Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center's re-opening event received a great turnout from invited guests, local and county historical association members, and Schreiner University members.  Below are some images captured during the event, hover over the image with your mouse for a pop-up description.

Schreiner University's President Tim Summerlin welcoming attendees

Mansion Event
Photos by Dan Brown

February 1, 2011
Schreiner Mansion Re-Opening Event Schreiner Mansion

On February 24, 2011 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. there will be a Re-Opening event for the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center. This event is the first in our series of forums honoring the history and culture of the Texas Hill Country. The "invitation only" event will be held at the mansion located at 226 Earl Garrett St. Kerrville, TX 78028.

Featured speakers include a "welcome" message from Schreiner University President Dr. Tim Summerlin, Melissa Whitney with her presentation entitled German-Comanche interactions in the Hill Country, and lastly special guest Joe Herring with his presentation entitled Reading the Photos of Kerrville’s History.

Mr. Herring's photo collection will be displayed within the mansion for viewing.