About Us



​• 1987, Dr. Kathleen Hudson founded the non-profit Texas Heritage Music Foundation (THMF) to address the principal belief that music and storytelling can bring together a culturally and ethnically diverse community.  THMF began producing free community programs such as the annual Jimmie Rodgers Jubilee and monthly Coffeehouse concerts at Schreiner University.  Thanks to donations from the private sector and from local foundations, these programs have grown every year.


• 1993 - The Wayne Kennemer Scholarship Fund was established.

• 1996 - Merle Haggard performed at Kennemer Scholarship fundraiser.

• 1997 -  The Jimmie Rodgers Jubilee was renamed Texas Heritage Living History Day (LHD).

             Willie Nelson and Little Joe y la Familia performed at Kennemer Scholarship fundraiser.

• 2000 -  THMF began offering subsidized transportation grants to area schools who could not afford the travel expenses to attend the LHD event through its Transportation Assistance Grant (TAG) Program. Funded by a grant from the Cailloux Foundation in Kerrville.

• 2001 - Texas Heritage Living History Day expanded to three days, renamed Texas Heritage Living History Weekend (LHW). THMF began an educational outreach program, The Bard Project, which placed LHW performers in schools throughout central and south Texas to conduct LHW programming. This project was funded by a grant from the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation. 

• 2004 - THMF presented a Summer Arts Program to provide Kerr County at-risk youth with opportunities to develop creativity, learn the tools of communication, and create multiple solutions to problems.  Thirty-two youths participated in classes involving literature and composition, dance, art, and music. The program was funded by a grant from the Webber Foundation.


2004 - Before settling into its permanent offices on Schreiner University campus in July, THMF had relied on the generous support of the Kerrville-area business community for office space.  In June 1992, the foundation received a grant from the Turner Foundation to open an office and museum at the Inn of the Hills River Resort and Conference Center.  In 1994, River Hills Mall provided office space to THMF, and then Southern Investments donated office space in 1995.  From 1996 to early 2004, 5K Laser Products, Inc. donated office space and utilities.

• 2008 - THMF-executive produced 10-part radio documentary series, Whole Lotta Shakin’, which received 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Electronic Media (Radio).

• 2010 - the Texas Heritage Living History Weekend was renamed Texas Heritage Music Day (HMD).

• 2012 - Silver Jubilee, expanded the Bard Project into San Antonio with Elizabeth Huth Coates grant. Silver Jubilee songwriting workshop with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Silver Jubilee house concert with Eric Taylor. Expanded Texas Heritage Music Days including concert with Terri and Lloyd. A Schreiner Dean’s grant funded a Schreiner student intern to work at THMF.


• 2013 - The Music Connection was started. Both community and Peterson Foundation grants made this possible.

Executive Director - Kathleen Hudson

Office Manager - Nicole Wilkins

Staff, Interns, and Volunteers

Alyssa Cole - social media and design intern

Taryn Goben - research and HMD project intern

Stephen Sumrall-Orsak - High school senior and Jimmie Rodgers research intern


Julie Sentell is a volunteer who works in the office assisting Kathleen and is responsible for bookkeeping for THMF. 

Mack Barham is our ​photographer. We would like to thank Mack for all the wonderful photographs he has taken over the years. 


Chumbe Salinas is our videographer. We would like to thank Chumbe for all the work he's done for us.



THMF is always looking for new volunteers, interns, and more.

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Janice Ballard

Retired Social Worker

111 Walnut Rd.

Fredericksburg TX  78624

(830) 998-9099



Mikie Baker

Community Liaison

Public Radio

473 Orchard Park

Medina TX  78055

(830) 460-0077



Connie Eckhardt

General Manager, Andreucci Winery

108 Glendale

Fredericksburg TX  78624

(830) 992-0391



Mike Walker

1303 Vesper Lane
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 895-2724

Paul Sumrall

Hill Country Design Build

P. O. Box 445

Johnson City TX 78636

(830) 708-8865


Art Crawford

Musician/Director Silver Sage Senior Center
803 Buck Creek Dr.
Bandera, Texas 78003

(830) 456-4083

Don Crandall

Chairman of Music Dept

Schreiner University

PO Box 292132

Kerrville, Texas 78029

(830) 377-3049




​Tim Wilton

Retail Manager
1205 Park ST.
Kerrville, TX 78028-5753
(830) 377-6374


Kathleen A. Hudson, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Schreiner University

Executive Director
P.O. Box 291945
Kerrville, TX 78029-1945
(830) 792-1945
Cell (830) 377-3186

Susie Nelson


​The Professor
Herb Arbuckle

Tony Navarra

​Mack Barham

Paula Reynolds                         Keith Asbury                         Bruce Tinch                      Boone Holding                      Tom Frost

par927@gmail.com                   keith@roddytree.com          bruce@brucetinch.com           boone_jbh@yahoo.com          tfrostiii@frostbank.com


                                                                                              Bill Worrell