June 6, 2018




SAN ANTONIO (June 4, 2018) The Tricentennial Commission announces the publication and pre-sale information<https://www.sanantonio300.org/commemorative-book/> of its official commemorative book, 300 Years of San Antonio & Bexar County, celebrating more than 300 years of history and culture.  The book can be ordered at https://www.sanantonio300.org/commemorative-book/.

“The release of the commemorative book is a culmination of various perspectives of San Antonio's complex and diverse history.  The book is a chance to see how those various perspectives come together, and in some cases even conflict with one another, so that we can collectively see who we are and celebrate our history as a whole,” said Carlos Contreras, Executive Director of the Tricentennial Commission.

The overarching theme of the book is finding San Antonio and showcases contributions from everyday residents and includes art from San Antonio’s public and private collections.  The book celebrates and highlights the community’s culture, people, events, natural environment and historic moments that shape the city we know today.

The book was designed as a collaborative project, and the editors of the book have engaged more than 46 historians, creative writers, and local organizations to tell the stories that shaped our communities. The book presents varying viewpoints on San Antonio and Bexar County through a richly, colorfully illustrated and complexly woven thematic telling of the community’s history.  The book’s themes include we are all visitors here, becoming San Antonio, the soul of San Antonio and San Antonio and global San Antonio.

“One of the most unique and beautiful components of the book will be that it is authored by many different writers, creating a joint telling of our history and not written by one author alone.  It was important that the Commemorative Book be a community effort,” said Lionel Sosa, Tricentennial Commission co-chair and chair of the book committee.

Publication of the book follows a series of Tricentennial events across the city this winter and spring, many of which have focused on various representations of history, capped by Commemorative Week, celebrated May 1 – 6, 2018 in recognition of the founding of the Mission San Antonio de Valero. 300 Years of San Antonio & Bexar County captures the iconic stories, moments, people, and places that define one of the oldest communities in the United States.

From its earliest legacy as home to indigenous peoples to its municipal founding by the Canary Islanders, a convergence of people and cultures from across the globe have settled, sacrificed and successfully shaped the culture of San Antonio and Bexar County. The result is a 21st-century community that strives to balance diverse heritage with a vibrant economy thanks to stories from the past that provide lessons for the future, a theme that will be made clear in the book.  The book’s thematic approach showcases the diversity and sometimes conflicted history that makes San Antonio unique.  The book will be published by Trinity University Press as a hardcover and ebook selling for $32.50.

Book contributors include:

Claudia R. Guerra, Editor, Char Miller, PhD, Felix D. Almaraz, Jr. PhD, Andres Tijerina, PhD, Ernesto Rodriguez, Mardith Schuetz-Miller, PhD, Amy Porter, PhD, Mario Marcel Salas, Regina and Alan Kosub, Lewis Fisher, Nancy Aguirre, Josephine Seeligson, Steven Schauer, Greg Eckhardt, Matt Elverson, Ramon Vasquez, Tomas Ybarra Frausto, PhD, Bill Fisher, Alex LaRotta, Bryce Milligan, Carmen Tafolla, PhD, Juan Tejeda, Adan Medrano, Brother Ed Loch, Donna Guerra, Cary Clack, David Johnson, PhD, Sarah Gould, PhD, Bill Fisher, Guillermo Nicolas, Dan Arellano, Katherine Nelson Hall, Tim Draves, John Tosh, Catherine Cooke, Joe Fohn, John Phillip Santos, Hector Cardenas, Nancy de los Santos, Bruce Winders, PhD, Frank Thompson


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