​• 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).

• 1997 -  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. THMF began educational outreach program, The Bard Project, which   placed LHD performers in schools throughout central and south Texas to conduct LHD programming. This project was funded by a grant from the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation. 

• 2004 - THMF presented 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.

• 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 Day was renamed Texas Heritage Music Day.

• 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.

Before settling into its permanent offices on Schreiner University campus in July 2004, 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.

Executive Director - Kathleen Hudson

Office Manager - Diana Burkett

Staff, Interns and Volunteers

Chris Burns is a Schreiner University work study student. Chris has been with the Texas Heritage Music Foundation for a few years, starting in the fall of 2011. He is in charge of the Texas Music Coffeehouse Series, including promotion, marketing, local business sponsorship, and insuring that everything is set up on time


Emily Williams is also a Schreiner University work study student, our newest addition to THMF, Emily joined the team Fall 2014. She is in charge of maintaining our social media.


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

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


Board of Directors

Jack Fields
1025 High Point Dr.
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 367-5709

Janice Kennemer
Scholarship Chairman
111 Walnut Road

Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 998-9099


Mike Walker
1303 Vesper Lane
Kerrville, TX 78028
Ofc. (830) 895-2724
Cell (830) 739-4378

Paul Hinson
110 Real Woods
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 739-3992




Paula Reynolds
Hilltop House Concerts
193 Crockett Dr.
Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 895-0975




Kathleen A. Hudson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
P.O. Box 291945
Kerrville, TX 78029-1945
(830) 866-3508
Cell (830) 377-3186

Ridge Floyd

2406 Blue Water Lane

Houston, TX 77018





Tim Wilton
1205 Park ST.
Kerrville, TX 78028-5753
(830) 377-6374

Susie Nelson

Austin, TX

Art Crawford
PO Box 2281
Bandera, Texas 78003

Don Crandall

PO Box 292132

Kerrville, Texas 78029



Tony Navarra
P.O. Box 291726
Kerrville, TX 78029-1726
(830) 995-5533
Cell (830) 459-1952

Tito Olzer

TNJ Engraving

1500 Water St.

Kerrville, TX 78028

(830) 890-5821


Sandy Stisser

2640-F Junction Hwy.

Kerrville, TX 78028

Ofc. (830) 367-2219


​The Professor
Herb Arbuckle
P.O. Box 3026
Corpus Christi, TX 78463-3026
(361) 882-5974

Mack Barham
250 Bear Creek Scout Road
Hunt, TX 78024-3004
(318) 388-8190