On March 6, the City of Schertz and The Crossvine hosted a unique, one of a kind event to unveil “Schertz Now and Then: An Oral History,” a 25-minute documentary chronicling the rich history and growth of Schertz from its founding to current day. This free event included informational tables and booths setup around the library from area history groups to share their mission and resources with attendees. It also celebrated the story of Schertz through the first public showing of the full documentary.
The documentary is divided into six “episodes,” each addressing a different aspect of Schertz’s rich history and growth. Topics range from Schertz’s founding by the Schertz family in the 1800s and its agricultural and German roots, to personal stories from life-long residents about what it was like to grow up in Schertz, to the impact of Randolph Air Force Base and the city’s current growth. The project began in earnest in 2016, with interviews and b-roll captured by Austin-based cinematographer Rocky Conly over the following two years.
The “Schertz Now and Then: An Oral History” documentary is now available for all residents to view on the Schertz YouTube channel.