For Immediate Release

For More Information, Contact:
Amanda Koone, Director of Communications
Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau
(830) 997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas – The Fredericksburg 175th Anniversary Steering Committee has announced the completion of the new book and children's activity, “Main Street Mockingbirds.”

The book, written by Amy Beicker, tells the story of a family of nine mockingbirds in 1846 as they watch strange people, different from the Comanches, arrive in Fredericksburg. As the treaty is signed and Fredericksburg takes shape, the fledglings leave their parents’ nest to make their homes alongside the pioneers.

Using the book as a guide, persons of all ages will find where these friendly mockingbird sculptures have landed on Main Street while learning about the art and history that sets Fredericksburg apart.

Bronze sculptures were created by John Bennett and are expected to be installed by the end of April. Books will be sold at local retailers once the birds have been installed.

During the 175th Anniversary Grand Finale Weekend, there will be an official launch party at Pioneer Museum. As part of the children’s celebration on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., there will be opportunities to meet the author, illustrator and sculptor. Books will also be available for purchase and can be signed.

For more information on the 175th anniversary, visit To learn more about the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau or Fredericksburg and Gillespie County as a travel destination, go to