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Founding of Mission San Antonio de Valero
May 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
On May 1st 2018 from 11 A.M. till 2 P.M. the reenactment of the Founding of Mission San Antonio de Valero at San Pedro Springs 2200 N. Flores in San Antonio; this is where it all began. The Battle of Medina Historical Society, Friends of San Pedro Springs Park, Univision, 41, and Texas before the Alamo presents an official SA300 Tri-Centennial Event to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of Mission San Antonio de Valero, now known as The Alamo. This is a once in a life time celebration and is free and open to the public. This is the exact spot where Mission San Antonio de Valero( The Alamo) was first established 300 years ago. The event will feature noted historians, investigators, and officials from Mexico, Spain and Texas, and will focus on what some say are the origins of San Antonio that occurred on May 1st, 1718 with the establishment of a new mission by Fray Antonio Olivarez and Governor Martin de Alarcon at San Pedro Springs near the San Antonio River. This Mission would later live on in infamy as The Alamo, the site of a short battle in 1836.
The “Founders of Texas,” event is hosted by Dan Arellano (SA300 Commissioner and President of The Battle of Medina Historical Society), Hector Cardenas(President Friends of San Pedro Springs Park) Dr. Felix Almaraz Jr., and Jorge Nunes (Univision41). It will also feature an authentic reenactment of the founding ceremony of Franciscan Missions in New Spain that was referred to as the “Acto de Posesion.”The ceremony will be led by Dr Felix Almaraz as Fray Antonio Olivares.
Noted speakers and presenters include Dr Thomas Mengler (President , St Mary’s University) Dr Felix Almaraz, Dan Arellano, Hector Cardenas, Ed Mata (President Los Bexarenos), Maria Wade( Author/Historian) Chief Rufus Davis(Adal-Caddo Nation) Edgar Ramon (Representing The Ramon Family, ) Dr Alfonso Chiscano (SA 300 Commissioner),” Gerald E. Poyo Ph.D.(History Department Chair, St Mary’s University) Miguel Angel Mazarambros(Ambassador of Spain) Martha Fleitas (Daughters of the Republic of Texas), Juan Carlos Moreno(Casa de Espana) Carlos Martinez ,Director, State Archives of Coahuila, Diego Prieto(Director Genearl, INAH-National Institute of Anthropology & History, Mexico, William A. Cloud (Director, Center for Big Bend Studies, Sul Ross State University) Pete Gallego, Karen Thompson ( Daughers of the American Revolution, and others. The program will feature a tribute to Dr Gilbert R. Cruz and Jesus Maria Ramon whose ancestors founded 4 of the 5 San Antonio Missions.
For more information, check out this video about the founding of the mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXBGSWEuLzc.