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Living History Day
July 18 @ 11:00 am - July 19 @ 11:00 pmFree
The native peoples of the South Texas Plains were hunters and gatherers from many different tribes speaking many different languages and it is important to connect this history with the founding of Mission San José and the influence of European culture into the region leading to our time here today. With the goal of arriving in Tejas and establishing a civilian settlement and civil government in the vicinity of San Antonio de Bejar Presidio, 56 people of 16 families from the Canary Islands set sail on March 27, 1730, and today, descendants of some of those families are still active members of Mission San José. During this “Living History Day” the past and present meet for exhibitions of 18th Century costumes, dance, food and customs.
Known as the Queen of the Missions and original social spot, Mission San José was the center of trade, commerce, entertainment and ceremonial events during its heyday in the 18th Century. Visitors will see and learn about indigenous cultures, customs and goods in their original setting for a unique educational experience about Mission San José then and now.