October 20, 2018

10 AM – 1 PM


Tour 3

Come out and join the Westside Development Corporation for the SA 300 event, “This Happened Here: Hidden History Tour of The Westside”. This is your last opportunity to hear incredible storytellers share local tales that honor the Westside’s history, culture and people. The bus tour has 5 interactive stops, each varying in length.

Tour starts and ends at Barrio Barista, 3735 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228.

*The fee for this event is not associated with the VIA bus.

Barrio Barista, 3735 Culebra Rd
Speaker: Gilbert De Hoyos
Barrio Barista, a second home to many in the Westside, offers up culture, fresh roasted coffee and homemade goodies every day. They are also known for their award-winning “Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich in the State”. Hear how father and son teamed up to the revive the family legacy 30+ years later, in the same building that their father/ grandfather previously owned and served as a meat market and grocery store for many years.
NOTE: Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available for all bus tour participants.

West End Park, 1401 N. Hamilton Avenue
Speaker: Ethel Garrett
Ethel Garret, co-founder of West End Hope in Action, shares the history of the now renamed “West End Park” and the impact the park had on the local community and many neighborhood children in the 1940s and 1950s.

Basila Frocks, 500 N. Zarzamora St.
Speaker: Gloria Salinas-Oatman
Reminisce with Gloria Salinas-Oatman, daughter of Noe P. Salinas previous owner of Basila Frocks, where she owned and operated a company out of the first floor. This 90-year-old historic Westside building was recently purchased by the WDC and is undergoing a $3 million-dollar renovation project aimed to restore it to its original glory.

Christopher Columbus Italian Society, 201 Piazza Italia
Speaker: Bobby Corbo
Salve e benvenuti al (hello and welcome to the) Christopher Columbus Italian Society. Learn more about one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Italian-American organization in the United States, from none other than Bobby Corbo, co-owner of Fratello’s Italian Market & Deli.

Avenida Guadalupe Association, 1314 Guadalupe St, SAT 78207
Speaker: Gabriel Velasquez
Nationally and internationally recognized immigration reform activist and native San Antonian, Gabriel has worked tirelessly advocating for the San Antonio’s Mexican-American Cultural heritage. Enjoy accounts from his varied work as a design and planning consultant, disc jockey, community organizer, cultural catalyst and visionary.
NOTE: Participants will experience in brevity, Una Noche en La Gloria, a community-wide event that celebrates the visual, fashion and performance arts while promoting San Antonio’s underserved entrepreneurs.

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    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.

    The WDC in partnership with SA 300 is currently seeking selected storytellers for the project who will share their local tales that honor the Westside’s history, culture, people, and places as part of Westside bus tour in addition to having their story published in local media outlets.

    Contact Dawn Hanson at dawn@westsidedevcorp.com or call (210) 501-0192 in response to this letter and any questions. Thank you for your interest!

    past SA 300 Storytellers

    Pablo Escamilla
    Program & Development Officer of Madonna Center

    Ethel Garett
    Former long-term resident of the West End neighborhood in the Westside

    Joe Aguilar
    Born and raised in the Westside and Publisher of the Westside Sol

    Emma Guerrero
    Navidad and Nueces

    Mary D. Goodarzi
    Guadalupe Theater

    Jamie Macias
    Westside Motors LLC

    Jose Esquivel
    Lifetime Westside resident, accomplished artist and former CPS Employee
    Teresa V. Rodriguez
    Former State of Texas social worker and Brackenridge HS Teacher who grew up in the Westside

    Pablo Escamilla
    The Madonna Center

    Manuel Garza
    Edgewood H.S.

    *The fee for this event is not associated with the VIA bus.