Six flags mean more than roller coasters and summer fun to Bert Schultz. To the Westlake history devotee, they represent the men and women of the Texas area from 1519 through the 1800s.
Before a small-but-rapt Westlake Academy audience, Schultz explained the origins of the six flags that have flown over Texas - representing Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, Confederate States and United States. But the October 26 presentation explained much more. From Fort Worth to Bird's Fort, Schultz demystified history and discussed the reasons and rationale behind the forts built during the Indian Wars. It was one of three living history presentations the retired civil engineer has shared with area schools.
"Everything that is on this table is authentic," said Schultz, 67, a board member of the Westlake Historical Preservation Society. He pointed to revolvers, knives, ammunition and other items displayed under glass. The artifacts represented the 1865-1890 Indian War period and comprised part of a collection Schultz began acquiring in 1980.