On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created a new federal bureau, the National Park Service (NPS), to manage and protect the country’s then 35 national parks.
Hundreds of San Antonio Food Bank staff and volunteers will soon be working the same land that Spanish colonial settlers and Native Americans started farming more than 280 years ago at Mission San Juan Capistrano.
City Council was briefed on Wednesday on the development of a work plan that when finished will recommend how to protect, improve and promote the World Heritage designation site.
Five leading individuals in the years-long quest to win World Heritage designation for the Alamo, the Spanish colonial Missions and the often forgotten Rancho de las Cabras appeared on stage Saturday morning to explore the meaning of San Antonio’s newfound “outstanding universal value” and what that means for the future of the Southside and the city at large.
With World Heritage inscription ceremonies completed, City Councilmember Rebecca Viagran (D3) has organized and will host a World Heritage Symposium on Saturday to explore how the designation will guide San Antonio’s future preservation and presentation of the Alamo, the four Missions, and Rancho de las Cabras.
The World Heritage weekend celebration closed with an outdoor Mass at Mission San José and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller asking the congregation to give thanks to those who worked for nearly a decade to make the World Heritage designation a reality.
Elected and appointed officials and civic and religious leaders gathered together on Saturday at Mission San José to celebrate the official inscription of the UNESCO World Heritage designation of the Spanish colonial Missions and the Alamo, the culmination of an effort that goes back nearly a decade.
Sunset bathed Mission Concepción in fading light Friday evening, and then cast the mission facade in shadow. Children played catch with one another as parents sat on blankets in front of the historic Mission. When the clock struck 8 p.m., the crowd of about 300 people was transported back in time to 1755, the year Mission Concepción was built.
Light from a projector slowly crept on to the church façade.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, in conjunction with the American Express Foundation, will fund a two-year volunteer initiative in San Antonio to get young people and their families outdoors.