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TEJANO ASSOCIATION FOR HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

LORENZO DE ZAVALA HOUSTON CHAPTER

HTTP://WWW.TEJANOAHP.ORG APRIL 2001


T.A.H.P. MEETING FRIDAY APRIL 27, 2001 7:00 P.M. MEETING LOCATION: HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CARLOS GARCIA AUDITORIUM. Guest Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Guadalupe San Miguel, Associate Professor of History of the University of Houston.

Dr. Guadalupe San Miguel received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, California, in Social Sciences in Education. A few of his publications (since 1996) include: "Nuestra Musica: Texas Mexican Music in the 20th Century," "Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement," "From the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Hopwood," with Richard A. Valencia, "The Educational Plight and Struggle of Mexican Americans in the Southwest," and others. He has participated in numerous conferences and is also a member of the Texas State Historical Association. He has received various awards and grants to continue research. He has also participated in numerous presentations and conferences. T.A.H.P. is proud to present Professor San Miguel as the keynote speaker. Please make plans to attend.


T.A.H.P. member, Ms. Bea Svambera and her LaPorte Junior Historians recently won first place in the state for their dramatic activities. This is Ms. Svambera's 6th year in a row that her LaPorte Junior Historians claim this award. Their exhibit on Abraham Lincoln, which was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, placed first on the state level, first in tri-state, and recently won first place on the national level of competition, which was held in Washington D.C. Once again T.A.H.P. extends their congratulations to Ms. Bea Swambera and her LaPorte Junior Historians.

The Central Library Texas Room will be sponsoring an exhibit entitled "Historical Caretakers: Houston Hispanic Historical Groups" for May 2001. If you have anything that would be relevant to the exhibit and would like to participate, please contact Loretta Williams at 713-673-1418.

SPECIAL THANKS TO I.B.E.W. LOCAL UNION 716 FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE CESAR CHAVEZ PARADE


CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATIONS

Fiesta Zaragoza Goliad, Texas May 4th and 5th

Fri. May 4: Queen Coronation and Dance Goliad Auditorium. 8:00 p.m.

Sat. May 5 - 9:00 a.m.: a Field Mass at the Zaragoza Amphitheater by Bishop Felhauer.

10:00 A.M:. A Dedication Ceremony reopening of the Zaragoza House will be held. Mr. Benny C. Martinez will be portraying Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza at the request of the Tex. Dept. of Parks and Wildlife.

10:45 a.m.: The Official Cinco de Mayo opening Ceremony will be held at the Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza Statute.

12 p.m.: a Downtown parade will be held in Historic Goliad with Grand Marshal Sylvia Martinez, Editor in Chief of Latina Magazine.

12 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.: Live regional and local music will be provided. There will be food booths, mariachi music, ballet folklorico, dancers and street dancing. Sat. events are free.


CINCO DE MAYO PARADE IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON. LULAC # 60 will also be sponsoring the parade on Saturday, May 5th. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Texas Ave. in front of the Alley Theatre. See the Houston Chronicle (Friday, May 4th) for the parade route. For more information contact Andres Ortiz, of L.U.L.A.C. #402 by email at gunnyortiz@ev1.net. The Commite Patriotico Mexicano is sponsoring a free festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre staring at 12:00 Noon on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 4th.


Goliad Revisited Mrs. Estella Zermeno of Goliad, Tx. is featured in the Tex. Monthly Magazine May issue regarding her opinion about the reenactments held in Goliad each March. The title of the article is "Goliad Revisited". You can access the article at http://www.texasmonthly.com/mag/issues/2001-05-01/index.php (Please Note: you will need to subscribe to Texas Monthly to access the article on line)


Name Change of State Highway 225 to Juan Seguin Independence Highway. On Apr. 10th, 2001 Linda and Angel Garcia, Julia Aguilar, V. Pres., Richard Perez, Pres. Benny Martinez attended the committee meeting in Austin, Tex. re. House Bill 3460. Hon. State Rep. Rick Noriega author of the bill passionately spoke to the committee regarding the need to honor Juan Seguin by endorsing the name change of State Highway 225 to Juan Seguin Independence Highway. For more information regarding this name change call T.A.H.P. member Linda Garcia at 713-643-1195. The Cesar Chavez High School will have their official grand opening on Fri. April. 27 at 2:30 p.m. T.A.H.P. will officially present the portrait of Cesar Chavez, by Luis Fernando and the commemorative street sign of Cesar Chavez Blvd.


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is sponsoring a seminar to be held Fri. April 20, 2001 at the University. of Houston Hilton Hotel on the topic "The San Jacinto Campaign of 1836: New Perspectives from the Mexican Side." On San Jacinto Day April 21, 2001 at the San Jacinto Monument 10:00 a.m. the official memorial ceremony will be held with the keynote address delivered by Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff. A reenactment will be held at 1:30 and at 3:00p.m. A memorial service for combatants will follow. There will be food booths and musical entertainment will be provided by Fathers of Texas. K. R. Woods will provide musical entertainment.


An upcoming banquet will be held in conjunction with LULAC #60 at Felix Mexican Rest. on Westheimer. Dr. Tom Kreneck will be the keynote speaker and his topic will be "Mr. LULAC" Felix Tijerina. Plans are still pending.


Teresa Ante Medellin (Mama Tere), our oldest Tejano member, recently passed away. She was cited as a "Distinguished Citizen", born Oct. 18, 1894 in Ojuelos . Jalisco, Mexico and passed away on Mon., March, 26, 2001 in Hou. Tex. at the age of 106. She is survived by 5 daughters: Elisa, Ruth, Gloria, Aurelia, Mary Lou and one son Charlie, 19 grand children, 28 great grand children, and 6 great great grandchildren. At age of 100 Mrs. Medellin became an American Citizen and after her oath of allegiance received a citation as a "distinguished citizen" presented to her by the head of immigration, Mr. Wallage. T.A.H.P. extends sympathy to her loved ones.


Mrs. Ventura Alonzo, honorary member recently passed away on Dec. 14, 2000. Her grandson, the Honorable Senator Mario Gallegos eloquently spoke of her life and her contributions to Tejano Music at her eulogy. Mrs. Alonzo represented one of the first lady big band musicians of Tex. who began her career in the 1930's. She was known as the "Queen of the Accordion," and popularized the Tex. ranchero style of music. A mural was dedicated in her honor at the Firestone Tire Co. at the corner of Harrisburg and Macario Garcia Dr. on Aug. 14, 1996. A collection of murals located in Houston's east end was unveiled on April 13, 2001 at Lee College in Baytown. T.A.H.P. salutes this Pioneer of Tejano music.