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Celebrating World Heritage Day in San Antonio on Monday, April 18

Upcoming Events

History and Genealogy Day

Mission San José

Saturday, April 23   10am - 2pm

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Music Inspired by the Writing of John Muir

Friday, May 6

8pm @ Mission San José


Saturday, May 7

2pm @ Mission San Juan

8pm @ Mission Concepcion


Sunday, May 8

2pm @ Mission Espada

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San Antonio Missions Preservation Workshop

May 23 - 26

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SAN ANTONIO April 18, 2016 — Each year during Fiesta, San Antonio honors its rich and diverse history and culture. Today, on World Heritage Day, San Antonio has even more reason to celebrate.


Today’s celebration offers a special opportunity for San Antonio to recognize the World Heritage designation given last summer to its five Spanish colonial missions, including the Alamo. To celebrate World Heritage Day today and over the next several weeks, the City of San Antonio and National Park Service invite people to visit the Missions, shoot some photos and tag them on social media with the #WorldHeritage hashtag.


“Last year, San Antonio came together to celebrate our Missions’ World Heritage designation in grand fashion,” said District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran. “Over the last nine months, our City has united with the community to create the World Heritage Work Plan, charting a course for how we will position ourselves as a World Heritage City. Now, we join together with other World Heritage sites throughout the globe to celebrate, especially on days like World Heritage Day, our heritage that started at the San Antonio Missions.”


Indeed, San Antonio’s Missions symbolize an era when the world was expanding, cultures were intertwining and the global landscape was forever changed. The missions today serve as a living example of the bringing together of indigenous, Spanish, Mexican and other influences that form contemporary South Texas.


Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) not only plays a part in the establishment of San Antonio, but also in the formation of the State of Texas. The master planning effort underway for the Alamo demonstrates the international significance of World Heritage designation. The Alamo Management Committee recently announced that Preservation Design Partnership has been selected to lead that process. The company will work with San Antonio-based Fisher Heck Architects and Grupo de Diseno Urbano of Mexico City.


“I encourage everyone to rediscover the Alamo on Monday, April 18 and to participate in the upcoming extensive community outreach to ensure that the Alamo’s many layers of history and stories are told,” said District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño.


The theme for this year's World Heritage Day celebration is “The Heritage of Sport.” Dedicating the worldwide celebration to the heritage of sports has the purpose of recognizing the role of sports in the improvement of human life, and raising awareness of how sports shaped the cultural identity of World Heritage site communities throughout the world.


The San Antonio Missions were recognized as a World Heritage site on July 5, 2015. The mission life of the missionaries and indigenous groups included a critical ranching component. The uniquely American sport of Rodeo is traced directly to the early 1700s when the Spanish were building Mission communities throughout the American West. The indigenous men and boys, known as vaqueros, influenced the American cowboy with their clothing, language, traditions and equipment which led to the modern sport of rodeo. Duties on these early ranches included roping, horse breaking, riding, herding, branding and much more. These activities remain the same today on modern ranches with today’s cowboys using modern methods and equipment. These ranch chores evolved directly into the rodeo events of tie-down roping, team roping and bronco riding.


Residents and visitors in San Antonio and the surrounding communities are invited to attend the following events:


Texas Cavaliers River Parade

San Antonio Missions Float to Celebrate World Heritage and the National Park Service Centennial

April 18, 7-9 p.m.


History and Genealogy Day

Mission San Jose

April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m

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Yoga at Mission Espada

April 25, 6-7 p.m.

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Nuestra Historia – Our History: Spain in Bexar County

Presidio Gallery, 126 E. Nueva St.

May 4- Sept. 4

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Tricentennial Symposium: Spain’s Encounter with the New World (the Indios)

Bexar County Courthouse, Double Height Courtroom

May 6-7

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Music Inspired by John Muir

May 6:

8 p.m. at Mission San José

May 7:

2 p.m. at Mission San Juan

8 p.m. at Mission Concepción

May 8:

2 p.m. Mission Espada

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Homespun: Fibers and Fabrics of the 19th Century

May 7, The Alamo, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free to the Public!

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Amazing Preservation Race

May 14, 8:45 a.m. race start

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Etched in Stone: Discover Historic Graffiti at the Alamo

May 17, 5:30 p.m.

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Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo): Investigating the Probable First Site

May 18, 6 p.m.

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Amazing Preservation Race (for Kids!)

Mission San José

May 21, 9 a.m.

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