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Friday, October 26, 2012

Landmark Inn Participates in San Antonio Founders Day

By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn Site Manager

History came to life at the ninth annual San Antonio Founders Day, a living history and cultural-arts event held on October 20 at Alamo Plaza. Participating again in the heritage celebration was Landmark Inn State Historic Site, which had a booth staffed by Glenn Nuyttens and Sadie Torres.

Landmark Inn booth
Glenn Nuyttens and Sadie Torres interacting with booth visitors

The Landmark Inn booth was one of more than 40 exhibits focusing on historical and cultural topics related to San Antonio’s roughly 300-year history. The free, popular Founders Day event draws several thousand locals and tourists each year to commemorate the diverse cultural groups and prominent individuals who made significant impacts on the city’s heritage. Activities include music, dance, crafts, and interactive period displays.

Period toys demonstration

The Landmark Inn’s booth had a general store theme, along with a hands-on laundry area and photo display. Visitors of all ages were able to do laundry in the 19th-century method, play with period toys, and grind coffee beans. Glenn and Sadie responded to numerous questions about the Landmark Inn and Castroville, as well as passed out visitor bags with an assortment of promotional materials including Landmark Inn visitors guides, maps, and issues of The Medallion.

Glenn demonstrating the Jacob's Ladder toy
Hands-on laundry display

More information about this year’s San Antonio Founders Day event can be found in this San Antonio Express-News article. Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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