The film will be projected in high definition outdoors on the back wall of the Mission Espiritu Santo.
Filmed at historic sites in Texas and Mexico with noted historians and professional actors, “Texas Before The Alamo” is about the founding of Texas and the Spanish who established missions, presidios and trails now known as Goliad, the Alamo, San Antonio Missions and El Camino Real de los Tejas.
The film answers pivotal questions about Texas history - who founded the state’s most revered historical sites known today as the Alamo and Goliad and who named its rivers and established the trails that became known as El Camino Real de los Tejas.
“Texas Before The Alamo” tells the stories of Spanish soldiers and Franciscan priests in the struggle to keep France from settling Texas and reaching the source of Spain’s power along with the silver mines of northern Mexico.
The rich Mexican- American culture in the U.S. descended in part from Spanish Texas and was manifested by the establishment and unveiling of the prominent Tejano Monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capital Building in 2012.
The film is an outreach of that project and the efforts of early historic preservation activists like Kathryn Stoner O’Connor and Adina de Zavala, whose efforts ensured that the Mission and Presidio Espiritu Santo in Goliad and the Franciscan missions in San Antonio, including the Alamo, would survive for future generations to enjoy and study.
“Texas Before The Alamo” will be broadcast on public television stations in 2014 in conjunction with a companion book by Dr. Felix D. Almaraz Jr. and a CD soundtrack of the music of Spanish Texas.
At 6 p.m., there will be Spanish Texas history presentations with Dr. Almaraz, Ruben Garza, Dr. Robert Shook, Dr. David Urbano, Benny Martinez and a special appearance by Adai-Caddo Native Tribal Chief Rufus Davis.
The premier will begin at 8 p.m.
For information, contact Brenda Justice at 645-3405 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be free parking and admission. Guests should bring lawn chairs. No Coolers will be allowed.