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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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

By Jose Zapata (Landmark Inn) and Maureen Brown (Casa Navarro)

Casa Navarro and Landmark Inn state historic sites were among the many exhibitors celebrating San Antonio’s Founders Day on October 22 at the Alamo. In its eighth year, San Antonio Founders Day celebrates the area’s rich cultural heritage through live music and dance; historical, cultural, and educational displays from more than 40 organizations; and hands-on crafts and educational activities for children. This was a free, family-oriented event, and we had plenty of local, national, and international visitors. Event organizers recorded more than 8,800 visitors to the event at the Alamo that day!

Landmark Inn staff set up a booth featuring a laundry area, photos, and a general store. Visitors of all ages had a great time in the laundry area, viewing the historic photos and the general store display.  

The Casa Navarro (and Friends) booth featured two hands-on activities this year. One activity allowed visitors of all ages to sign their names with quill feathers and ink on a large sheet of paper. The aim was to provide a fun activity that connects the past with the present as well as awareness of the fact that José Antonio Navarro was one of two native Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence. Signatures at the event included visitors from all over the U.S., Canada, and China. We even had “Flat Stanley’s” signature.

Another “History Detective” activity involved searching for clues to Casa Navarro and Navarro’s past with copies of key historical primary sources and magnifying glasses.

We are looking forward to participating in next year’s event. Landmark Inn is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region. Casa Navarro is located at the corner of S. Laredo and W. Nueva streets in downtown San Antonio, in the Texas Independence and Hill Country Trail Regions.

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