Subj: Media Alert - "Texas Before the Alamo" Screening in Laredo, TX

To Family & Friends of Early Texas History in Laredo & surrounding area:
If at all possible, please join us for a “Friday night at the movies” screening
of the film, Texas Before the Alamo, A Saga of Spanish Texas, September
5, 2014, 7:30PM, at Laredo’s Webb County Heritage Foundation. The event
is free of charge. See Media Alert below for further details.

With all due respect, as with the unveiling of The Tejano Monument, Bill
Millet’s PBS film is most important in that it “connects the dots” regarding
the founding of this great place we call Texas.
José Antonio “Joe” López
“TEXAS BEFORE THE ALAMO, A Saga of Spanish Texas”
Film about True Founders of Texas Screens at Border Heritage Museum in

Laredo, Texas- August 20, 2014- The Webb County Heritage Foundation will present a
screening of the new documentary film “Texas Before The Alamo, a Saga of Spanish
Texas” on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum at
810 Zaragoza St., starting at 7:30pm.

Filmed at historic sites in Texas and Mexico with noted historians and professional
actors, "Texas Before The Alamo, a Saga of Spanish Texas" is about the founding of
Texas and the Spanish who established Missions, Presidios and Trails now known as
The Alamo, San Antonio and its Missions, Goliad & El Camino Real de los Tejas. The
film is dedicated to the research and tenacity of authors, archaeologists, historical
organizations and researchers of Spanish Texas who have been consultants and
producers for this project. Unrecognized and often criticized, they have labored for over
a century in the Spanish Archives and at historic sites on the epic stories of the true
pioneers of Texas.

The film answers pivotal questions about Texas history: who founded the State’s most
revered historical sites known today as the Alamo and Goliad; who named its rivers and
established the trails that became known as El Camino Real de los Tejas; and why did
the Spanish permanently settle Texas in the early 1700s, when the region possessed no
mineral wealth?

“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
- the silver mines of northern Mexico. And also treats the sacred and profane nature of
the Mission system, and its attempt to colonize Native Tribes of Texas along
El Camino Real de las tierras afueras.

The rich Mexican American culture in the US 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. This film is an
outreach of that project and the efforts of historic preservation activists like Adina de
Zavala, whose struggles ensured that the Franciscan Missions in San Antonio, including
The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero), would survive to be nominated as a
UNESCO World Heritage site.

Noted historian and author Joe López and Dr. Felix D. Almaraz Jr. will be making
historical presentations at the event in conjunction with the screening of the film.

“Texas Before The Alamo” will be released on public television stations starting late
Fall 2015, along with a companion book by Dr. Felix D. Almaraz Jr. and a CD of the
music soundtrack.

Margarita Araiza
Webb County Heritage Foundation,
500 Flores Avenue
Laredo, Texas 78040

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