Seventeen students complete family history writing course at Blinn College

New Preserving Your Family Story I course section begins Oct. 4

Participants in the Preserving Your Family Story class

June 20, 2017

Participants in the Preserving Your Family Story class were: (front row, L to R) Elaine Thomas, instructor, La Grange; Vicki Woodard, Schulenburg; Judy Balch, La Grange; Gayle Newkirk, Bastrop; Denise Woodyard, La Grange; Donna Bridwell, West Point; Linda Meuth, Giddings and Eileen McCourt, La Grange, (back row, left to right): Donna Cockrell, Flatonia; Rox Ann Johnson, Fayetteville; Chris Morrison, Ellinger; Verta Brown, La Grange; Jerri Frenzel, La Grange; Regena Williamson, Sheridan; Terri Wagner, La Grange; and Deacon John McCourt, La Grange. Not pictured: Marie Hayek, Columbus, and Janetta Morris, La Grange.


Seventeen continuing education students from across Fayette, Bastrop, Colorado, and Lee counties recently earned certificates of completion for a family history writing course offered at the Blinn College-Schulenburg Campus.

The eight-week course, Preserving Your Family Story II, was taught by Fayette County author Elaine Thomas, who showed the students how to plan, research, organize, write and produce a compelling collection of family memories.

Course graduates include: Judy Balch (La Grange), Donna Bridwell (West Point), Verta Brown (La Grange), Donna Cockrell (Flatonia), Jerri Frenzel (La Grange), Marie Hayek (Columbus), Rox Ann Johnson (Fayetteville), Eileen McCourt (La Grange), Deacon John McCourt (La Grange), Linda Meuth (Giddings), Janetta Morris (La Grange), Chris Morrison (Ellinger), Gale Newkirk (Bastrop), Terri Wagner (La Grange), Regena Williamson (Sheridan), Vicki Woodard (Schulenburg), and Denise Woodyard (La Grange).

“By practicing the writing techniques that Elaine taught us, our family and personal stories have come to life,” Woodyard said. “That’s really exciting.”

An eight-week Preserving Your Family Story I course will begin Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Blinn-Schulenburg Campus. Thomas will again instruct the $79 course. For more information or to register, contact Loraine Orellana at 979-743-5237 or

Blinn – Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: or call 979-743-5200.

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