Collecting Artifacts for Future NVC Multicultural Research Center

Northwest Vista College government faculty Rudy De La Cruz, Jr. conducted a tour of historical sites in Von Ormy, Texas on Wednesday, March 8 for representatives of the Rivard Report, a local online magazine, which will publish a series of stories on the early history of San Antonio.

Rudy and his students have been researching the early history of San Antonio from the 1500’s to the 1800’s along with the support and partnership of various community partners, some of whom were also present on the tour. The researchers working on this project hope to tell the story of Texas through the eyes of all the ethic cultures that contributed to the establishment of the state. They also hope to unveil and gift some of the historical artifacts at the 2018 citywide 300th anniversary celebration of the founding of San Antonio de Valero, which is commonly known as the site of the Battle of The Alamo.

The goal is to build a multicultural research center at Northwest Vista College and enable college students to conduct advanced research and become primary researchers.

“The culture of collaboration and multiculturalism is interwoven into the fabric of this region,” said Rudy as he toured the sites in Von Ormy.”

Some of the community partners working on this project with Rudy include the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions, Von Ormy Historical Society, Texas A&M University, Land Heritage Institute & the Richard Beene site, representatives from the Witte Museum, The Institute of Texan Cultures, Our Lady of the Lake University and Bexar County Archives.

To learn more about this project or to provide family history, contact Rudy De La Cruz at rdelacruz@alamo.edu.

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