This Happened Here: Hidden History Tour of the Westside
In this role, the WDC is hosting the SA 300 event This Happened Here: History in Hidden Corners of the Westside Tour next year, and is currently seeking storytellers from the community to share their own rich experience with the history of the Westside.
HISTORY & EDUCATION
San Antonio values its history; its citizens wear their pride and passion on their sleeves. SPARK 300 SA reflect the city’s commitment to education at all levels – public, private, charter, and collegiate – and can be found in all parts of our community. It’s little wonder then that History and Education would play a central role in the city’s Tricentennial celebration. We imagine featured exhibits, a commemorative book, interactive learning opportunities, thrilling reenactments of events in their original settings, and many other learning opportunities.
SA 300 Storytellers
Program & Development Officer of Madonna Center
Anna will share the history of the Madonna Center, founded in the Westside in 1939 by The Sisters of the Divine Providence.
Address/Location: 1906 Castroville Road, SATX 78237
Additional: Guests will be invited to step-off the bus and walk onto the Madonna Center property. The Madonna Center will also provide light refreshments and display a photo gallery.
Ethel will share the story of what used to be the Rex Theater, an African-American only theater in the 1940-1950’s, on Zarzamora St.
Address/Location: 1301 N. Zarzamora St. at West Poplar street.
Additional: Guests will be invited to step-off the bus and examine the projection and ticket booth which remains today while listening to Ms. Garett recall the history of the West End.
Born and raised in the Westside and Publisher of the Westside Sol
Joe will share his experience of attending Lanier High School and his background of working in the print industry in the Westside and running the Westside Sol since 2001.
Address/Location: Lanier High School
Lifetime Westside resident,
Jose will share his experience of growing up in the Westside and his career as an artist which started while working with CPS Energy in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Teresa V. Rodriguez
Former State of Texas social worker and Brackenridge HS Teacher who grew up in the Westside
Teresa will share her experience of growing up in the Westside in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Address/Location: 451 South Rosillo at Cesar Chavez
Additional: Guests will stay on the bus and hear Teresa’s story.
*The fee for this event is not associated with the VIA bus.