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Monday, December 13, 2010

Landmark Inn and Casa Navarro Join Forces at San Antonio’s Founders Day

By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn site manager and Maureen Brown, Casa Navarro site manager

On Saturday, October 23, Casa Navarro and the Landmark Inn were among the many exhibitors celebrating San Antonio’s Founders Day on the grounds of the Alamo. In its seventh year, San Antonio Founders Day serves to celebrate the area’s rich cultural heritage through live music and dance, historical reenactments, educational displays, and loads of fun for the little ones. This was a free family-oriented event and we had plenty of local visitors, others from throughout the U.S., and international visitors. Event organizers recorded more than 11,800 visitors to the event at the Alamo that day!
The Landmark Inn booth featured a “wheel of history,” which depicted several key elements of the historic inn. Assisting this year were Glenn Nuytten and his son Levi, Sadie Torres, and Libby Tschirhart. Libby wore a traditional Alsace dress and produced the wheel’s artwork. Visitors young and old had a great time spinning the wheel and winning prizes.
The Casa Navarro (and Friends) booth featured a hands-on activity that allowed visitors to sign their names with quill feathers and ink on parchment. The aim was to provide a fun activity that connects the past with the present and to provide an awareness link to the fact that Jose Antonio Navarro was one of two native Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence. He spent much of his life writing and advocating for Tejano rights in Texas. Assisting this year included Sarah Salinas, Mark and Ceira Kohnitz, Robert Alvarado, and Rosemary and Jerry Geyer. Visitors of all ages practiced signing their names, including Dr. Felix Almaraz, noted historian of Tejano history and UTSA history professor (shown in photo wearing a robe). We are looking forward to participating in the event again next year.
**Casa Navarro is located at the corner of S. Laredo and W. Nueva street in downtown San Antonio in the Texas Independence and Hill Country Trail Regions

**Landmark Inn is located in Castroville, one block west of the Medina River bridge at the corner of Florence Street and Hwy. 90 in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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