Paseo Por El Westside in San Antonio at the Rinconcito De Esperanza

On Saturday, May 4th, 2013, from 9am to 3pm, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center will host Paseo Por El Westside taking place at the Rinconcito De Esperanza at 816 and 820 Colorado. This free event will feature a day of cuentos/storytelling with community elders, an herbal remedio workshop, music, visual art and historic walking tours of important community places in the Westside neighborhood including the rescued “Casa Maldonado” at 1312 Guadalupe.

As scholar and buena gente of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Tomas Frausto explains  “It is important for the San Antonio community to come to the Paseo Por El Westside in order to keep the Mexican American cultural traditions of the barrio alive and pass on this information to the younger generations. Traditions such as dichos, cuentos, juegos de infantiles y mucho más have an important place in our community.”

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Las Tesoros de San Antonio will sing traditional Mexican songs

Accordion students from the Conjunto Heritage Taller, Grupo Animo and Grupo Alas from The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and Say Si will perform. Games, crafts and reenactments will provide entertainment for people of all ages.

Additionally, videos made about the Westside and some 1920’s film treasure footage will screen throughout the day and workshops on the history of the Westside, pan dulce, Lerma’s Nite Club and historical research will be presented throughout the day.

Inside the Casa de Cuentos at the Rinconcito, elders will be able to sit and share their stories as we record and document their memories. Community members in possession of old photos from the 1880’s-1960 are encouraged to bring them to this event. The photos will be scanned and will later be used for our Fotobanner project in the Westside of San Antonio.

Learn more about this amazing historical neighborhood and discuss historic preservation on Saturday, May 4, 9am-3pm at the Rinconcito De Esperanza. Other organizations collaborating with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center are the Westside Preservation Alliance, Save Lerma’s, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, Center, San Anto Cultural Arts, the Westside Dog Initiative, Conjunto Heritage Taller, Say Si and MujerArtes.

For more information, call the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center at 210.228.0201 or visit


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