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VSTX welcomes new blogger, Margarita Araiza

Webb County Heritage Foundation executive director comes on board

Margarita Araiza, VSTX | Jun 14, 2012

Photo courtesy of Webb County Heritage Foundation
Margarita Araiza is Executive Director of the Webb County Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, heritage education and heritage tourism in Laredo, Texas. As part of its programs and services, the Heritage Foundation promotes preservation and rehabilitation of historic architecture, ranching heritage, and folklore and traditions of the border region. The Foundation conducts tours of historic downtown Laredo, archives historic documents, maps, and photographs, records oral histories, presents exhibitions, and operates the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum and the Republic of the Río Grande Museum. For more information, visit their website at www.webbheritage.org.

Congratulations Viva South Texas on your debut as a forum for discussion of issues and activities concerning South Texas and the border region.
The Webb County Heritage Foundation recently celebrated the 257th anniversary of Laredo’s founding at our annual Founders’ Day event. We are always happy to host this commemoration of our community’s founding date, but at the same time, we are saddened that this occasion is not more actively observed by our municipal government and fellow citizens.

It is clear that all of Texas has a very long way to go in educating our residents about their own local history. It is for this reason that the Heritage Foundation embarked on a Laredo History curriculum project a few years ago. We cannot expect Laredo residents to care about preserving historic architecture, customs, and traditions, if they are wholly unaware of their existence or significance.

History is identity. History Matters!

I hope the readers of Viva South Texas will join me as we continue our examination of topics in local history and heritage.

 

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