Videos - Oral Histories
The Lakeway Heritage Commission recently released five oral history videos that showcase Lakeway’s founding as a resort community and the origins of some of its most treasured amenities.
Featured in the five videos is one of Lakeway’s founding fathers, Frank Denius. A World War II veteran and Austin attorney, Denius was instrumental in achieving the vision few dreamed possible of Lakeway as a new community on the south shore of Lake Travis.
Joining him in the other videos are 98-year-old golfer June Lockhart, avid tennis player Cynthia Weichsel, and Ret. U.S. Army Col. Charles Edwards, a former mayor of Lakeway and Vietnam veteran.
The Heritage Commission conceived the idea for the project at a 2015 workshop where they were charged with finding creative ways to tell the history of Lakeway.
“These videos do a wonderful job of capturing the city’s living history by focusing on Lakeway’s growth from a small community into what it is today,” said Andra Bennett, Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department director.
The Heritage Commission worked on these five videos with Lakeway resident Lew Adams, a Lakeway resident with more than 40 years of experience in the major motion picture and television industry, to bring the city’s history to life.
An Award winning producer, director and cinematographer, Adams has won numerous show awards including The Gold Cindy, The Cine Golden Eagle, Aurora and four Emmy Award nominations. A member of the Directors Guild of America since 1977, productions he has directed, photographed or produced have received more than 25 Emmy awards and nominations.
He has worked with such stars as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Carol Burnett and on productions at Universal Studios, Fox, Paramount, Columbia, CBS, Disney, PBS and MTV.
A generous donation from the Lakeway Civic Corporation made the production possible.
“It is my hope that these videos will be the first of many more to come,” Bennett said. “Lakeway’s rich history is full of fascinating accounts that are in danger of being lost to time if they are not preserved.”