October 6, 2018


This Happened Here

In 2018, San Antonio celebrates its 300th anniversary! As part of the celebration, the Westside Development Corporation (WDC) is partnering with SERVE 300 SA, a citywide community service initiative designed to positively affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods, for the tricentennial festivities.

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.

Want to share your story?



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.