December - 2013

Where: St. John Neumann Catholic Church Parish Hall (Corner of Springfield & Hillside)
                 
Date:
    Friday, December 13, 2013

Time:    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                                 

       Menu:  Tamales (Beef)
                  Roast Beef, Gravy
                  Baked Potato
                  Vegetable Medley
                  Yeast Rolls
                  Coffee, regular/diet cokes, water

     Members: Bring one of the following dishes - Desserts, Chips & Dips.

           
             Raffle:
                        Table Centerpieces - $5 for 5 chances
      
             Election of Officers:
                        1st vice President
                        2nd vice President
                        Treasurer
                        Historian

             Dues:     $30 - Single
                          $35 - Family

                          Guests - $10 each

 

 


November - 2013

Event:   "Dia de los Muertos" - Speakers:  Astrid & Jorge Vega
           

Where: Vegas' Interiores Mejicanos (patio), 4002 San Bernardo Ave.

                 
Date:
    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Time:    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  VSALGS meeting with light refreshments.

    Members may bring a small family member keepsake or picture to
     place on the altar during the meeting.

 


October - 2013

Event:   Vidal M Trevino, School of of Communications and Fine Arts
            Hispanic Festival/20th Anniversary Celebration

Where: Civic Center Grounds
                 
Date:
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Time:    10:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

  The VSALGS will meet at 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    We will also have an informative table in conjunction with the
     Hispanic Heritage Festivities.

                          

 


September - 2013

Event:   Webb County Heritage Foundation & Villa San Agustin
            will host Beatriz de la Garza "From the Republic of the Rio Grande:
            A Personal History of the Place and the People" at the museum

Where: Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum
            810 Zaragoza Street
            Laredo, Texas

                 
Date:
    September 26, 2013

Time:    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

                  
Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

 

 

 


August - 2013

Event:   No event scheduled.

Where:
                 
Date:
    

Time:    

 

 

 


July - 2013

Event:   No event scheduled.

Where:
                 
Date:
    

Time:    

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Primos,

Our 2011 Mini-conference---genealogy, of course---was such a success that we are doing it all over again. This one-day event will take place July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Austin Community College (ACC) Riverside Campus.

Six great speakers ! Door Prizes! Refreshments! Fellow genealogists with information to share!!

Come join us.

Minnie Wilson

Secretary, Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin (TGSA)

Click on following link to get Registration Form:

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: WHY AND HOW Registration Form

 

 

 

 


June - 2013

Event:   Guadalupe "Lupita" Ramirez Genealogical Research
            with Jeanette Hatcher, Librarian

Where: TAMIU - Killam Library (take elevator to the second floor
                          and turn right), Special Collections and Archives Library

                 
Date:
    Saturday, June 1, 2013

Time:    10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  Research Coordinators:  Mary Trevino & Lily Perez

 

Family Tree


 

 


May - 2013

Event:   Meeting/Exhibit/Poetic Reading
            Genealogical Family Trees presented by society members and friends
             Poetic readings by sisters: Raquel Valle-Senties, "Soy Como Soy y Que"
                                                      Olga Valle-Herr, "Pearl Harvest"  

Where: Gallery 201, 513 San Bernardo (parking available at BBVA Compass Bank)
                 
Date:
    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Time:    5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

  Light refreshments

 

 



April - 2013

Event:   Regular Business Meeting.

Where: St. John Newman Church, Blue Room, 102 Hillside
                 
Date:
    April 24, 2013

Time:    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

 

 


March - 2013

Event:   No event was held.

Where:
                 
Date:
    

Time:    

 

 

 


February - 2013

Event:   Nominations for President and Corresponding Secretary
             and a short film of Texas Before The Alamo

Where: Laredo Public Library (second floor)
                 
Date:
    February 16, 2013

Time:    1:00 p.m.

 


January - 2013

Event:   No event was scheduled this month.

Where:
                 
Date:
    

Time:    

 

 

 

December - 2012


Event:   Annual Christmas Party (Tamalada).

Where: Falcon Bank Lake House on Ranchito Road
                 
Date:
    Friday, December 07, 2012

Time:    5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 


November - 2012

Event:   Visit Farmer's Market & tour.

Where:  Meet at Jarvis Plaza/Farmer's Market center court
                 
Date:
     November 17, 2012

Time:    9:15 a.m.

 

 


October - 2012

Event:   Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference:  "Los Caminos del Rio".

Where:  South Padre Island, Texas
                 
Date:
     October 11 -14, 2012

Time:    

Hosts:  Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society

 

 



September - 2012

Event:   Las Bodas de Nuestros AntePasados

Where:  Gallery, 201, 513 San Bernardo
                 
Date:    September 9,2012 


Time:    See Information Below

 


 

 


August - 2012

Event:   No event scheduled this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:    


Time:    



 

 


July - 2012

Event:   No event scheduled this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
     

Time:    

 

 


June - 2012

Event:   Genealogy Workshop

Where:  Special Collections Library, TAMIU
                 
Date:
     June 23, 2012

Time:    
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


  The following temporary permit must be used by workshop participants in order
to park on campus.  The permit must be placed on the dashboard of
the vehicle where it is plainly visible. 

Simply click on following link, wait for the file to be displayed, 
and then click on "Print" icon
to print the permit.

TAMIU Parking Permit.pdf

 

 


May - 2012

Event:  Cinco de Mayo Merienda with Guest Speaker Armando Hinojosa
            Sculptor of The Tejano Monument

Where:  Falcon International Bank,  7718 McPherson, Laredo, Texas (3rd Floor)
            (across from the H.E.B. Del Mar)

                 
Date:
     May 5, 2012

Time:    3:00 to 5:00 p.m.



 

 


April - 2012

Event:   No local event held this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
     

Time:    

 

 


March - 2012

Event:   No local event held this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
     

Time:    

 

 


February - 2012


This month the VSALGS will not schedule a monthly meeting for members. 

Due to the many activities taking place for the Washington's Birthday Celebration, we felt our members would be attending these functions. 


Please check your emails or our website for date, time and place of our March meeting when it becomes available.
  Enjoy the WBC celebration safely!

 

 

January - 2012

 

Event:  Guest speaker Mr. Victor M. Villarreal, author of I NO HERO

Where:  San Martin de Porras Church, Classrooms 1 & 2
                 
Date:
     January 21, 2012

Time:    1:00 P.M.


Victor M. Villarreal was born in a rural village in northern Mexico. At an early age, he immigrated to the United States, settling in a small Texas town named Big Wells. From there his family joined the migrant stream, following seasonal crops across the United States. Their travels took them to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and to Fremont, California. Ultimately, he graduated from high school in Laredo, Texas. He was inducted into the U.S. Army and later graduated from Army Officer School as an Infantry Officer. He served at Ft. Bliss and later in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry as a Platoon Leader and Infantry Company Commander.

I No Hero tells the story of growing up in a new country and defending what that country stands for, despite the unpopularity of the stance that the United States took during the Vietnam War. Villarreal's story explores the sacrifices that Americans make to insure our freedoms.

(Book summary taken from the Amazon website that sells his books)

We hope you will be able to join us for this interesting and entertaining lecture by a gifted writer. 
His books will be on sale after the end of the presentation.  Come one come all!!
 

 

 


 

December - 2011

Event:   Christmas Tamalada and Party

Where:  Falcon Bank Lake House on Ranchito Road
                 
Date:
    Friday, December 16, 2011

Time:     7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

 

 

 


November - 2011

Event:   No event scheduled this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
     

Time:    

 


 

October - 2011

Event:   Road Trip to Zapata & Zapata County Museum of History

Where:  Zapata, Texas
                 
Date:
    October 30, 2011

Time:    12:00 noon

!!POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE!!

VSALGS Members and Friends
 
Join us for a Sunday road trip to Zapata Texas
Oct. 30, 2011
 
This will be a wonderful chance for you to get away and enjoy
a nice quiet afternoon and learn a little history
( 1750 to modern era )
 of our
 Zapata neighbors.
We will have lunch ( on your own)  at
 " El Paraiso" restaurant
 at 12:00 noon, and
 
 we will also  have a short meeting before heading to the 
Zapata County Museum of History.

The museum will open at 1:00 p.m. for our group
admission fee is $7.00 per person.
Please let me know if you will be attending so I can have a count.
 
For more information call
Bibi Garza-Gongora 723-8419
Lily Perez -724-2017
Elisa Gutierrez 635-7172
 
 

Address: 805 N. Highway 83

 ( third light on right hand side, across from Post Office )

We will meet at the HEB on Zapata highway and caravan to Zapata.

 We will leave the HEB ( Zapata highway parking lot )at 10:45 a.m. and will meet at 12 noon at " El Paraiso"

See you then!

                               

 


September - 2011

Event:   No event scheduled this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
     

Time:    

 

 


August - 2011

Event:   No event scheduled this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
    

Time:    

     

        
                               



July - 2011

Event:   No event scheduled this month.

Where:  
                 
Date:
     

Time:    

 

 


June - 2011

Event:   San Agustin Church and Laredo Under Six Dioceses
            presented by Jose Roberto Juarez, Ph.D.

Where:  Laredo Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room
                 
Date:
    Saturday, June 11, 2011

Time:    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

     

        
                               

 


April - 2011

Event:   San Agustin Church and Laredo Under Six Dioceses
            presented by Jose Roberto Juarez, Ph.D.

Where:  Laredo Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room
                 
Date:
    Saturday, April 30th

Time:    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..


EVENT CANCELLED

RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 4, 2011

        
                               

 


March - 2011

Event:   Special Presentation of the "Moreno Family Tree" by Ricardo "Rick" Moreno, Ph.D.

Where:  Laredo Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room
                 
Date:
     Saturday, March 26, 2011

Time:    2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 


February - 2011

This month the VSALGS will not schedule a monthly meeting for members. 

Due to the many activities taking place for the Washington's Birthday Celebration, we felt our members would be attending these functions. 


Please check your emails or our website for date, time and place of our March meeting.
  Enjoy the WBC celebration safely!

     

        
                               


January - 2011

Event:   "Colonel Santos Benavides: Unparalled Cavalry Warrior"
               Guest Speaker:  Hector Farias, Jr. PhD

Where:  Laredo Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room
             1120 East Calton Road

                 
Date:
     January 15, Saturday

Time:    
1:00 p.m.


 


December - 2010

Event:   Annual Tamalada - Christmas Party

Where:  Falcon Bank Lakehouse - on Casa Blanca Lake
                 
Date:
     December 11, 2010

Time:     5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

     

        
                               

 


November - 2010


Dear Members, due to new protocols at the UT Health Science Center Branch here in Laredo, we have been informed by Ms. Lourdes Castaneda that their facilities will no longer be available for our meetings.  Unfortunately, they just informed us today, and we have had to CANCEL our lecture featuring Dr. Hector Farias.

As soon as we reschedule his program, we will inform you, but it will not be this month.  Our next meeting will be in December when we meet for our Christmas Party.  More information will follow by email.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and if you travel, be safe.


VSALGS Program Committee 
            
                               

 


October - 2010

Event:   The Longoria Affair: A special sneak peek 
               presentation of the upcoming PBS documentary.

Where:   Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Auditorium
                1937 E. Bustamante St.
                 Laredo, TX 78041
                 
Date:     Sunday, October 17, 2010

Time:     1:00 p.m.

             
                       

The Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society
 and
 FalconSure Insurance Agency

 Presents

A SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PRESENTATION OF THE UPCOMING PBS DOCUMENTARY

THE LONGORIA AFFAIR

Featuring a Q&A with Producer John Valadez

 
U.S. Army Pvt. Felix Longoria died in combat during World War II, but his hometown funeral home refused to bury “a Mexican”.  See how this controversy made headlines – and made civil rights history.  THE LONGORIA AFFAIR will air on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS, hosted by America Ferrera, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 (check local listings.)

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010

1:00 pm

Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Auditorium

1937 E. Bustamante St.

Laredo, TX 78041


Pvt. Felix Longoria



Juan J. Valadez
Producer/Director

   For more information on this screening contact: Bibi Garza-Gongora (956) 723-8419

 


September - 2010

Event:   No event took place this month.

Where:   
                 
Date:
     

Time:     

             
                               

 


August - 2010

Event:   VSALGS August Meeting & Book Signing

Where:   UTHSC Auditorium, 1937 E. Bustamante, Laredo, TX
                 
Date:
     August 21, 2010, Saturday

Time:     9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

             
                               


July - 2010

Event:   No event took place this month.

Where:   
                 
Date:
     

Time:     

             
                               

 


June - 2010

Event:   No event took place this month.

Where:   
                 
Date:
     

Time:     

             
                               


May - 2010

Event:    Seminar on Battle of Medina

Where:    UT Health Science Center Auditorium, 1937 E. Bustamante St.
                 
Date:
     May 15, 2010

Time:     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 


April - 2010

Event:   Genealogy Workshop: Searching for Your Family Roots

Where:  Church of Latter Day Saints
               1518 Hillside Rd.

Date:     Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time:     10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


 


March - 2010

Event:   

*** Due to Spring Break and other unforeseen
circumstances, there will be no meeting this month.

                
                                 

 


February - 2010

Event:   "Con un Pie en Cada Lado:  Ethnicities and the Archaelogy of Nuevo Santander Ranchos"
                  by Mary Jo Galindo, Ph.D.

Where:   UT Health Science Center, 1037 E, Bustamante Street, Laredo, TX
                 
Date:
     Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time:     2:00 p.m.

      

       
                               

 


January - 2010


Event:
   Presentation by Joel C. Uribe
              "The Sword And The Chalice"

Where:   UT Health Science Center Auditorium
                1937 E. Bustamante St.

                 
Date:
     January 16, 2010

Time:     1:00 P.M.

             
                


 

 

December - 2009

Event:   Christmas Tamalada

Where:   Hector & Diana Farias Home, 404 Chevy Chase Dr.
                 
Date:
     Saturday, December 12, 2009

Time:     7:00 - 10:00 P.M.

 


November - 2009

Event:   Presentation and Book signing of "To the Line Of Fire! Mexican Texans and
              World War I by Jose Angel Ramirez, PH.D.

Where:   UT Health Science Center Auditorium, 1937 E. Bustamante St.
                 
Date:
     Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time:     2:00 p.m.


              

 


October - 2009


Event:   Lipan Apache and other Native Indian Groups in the Laredo area

Where:   UTHSC, Library Building (Meeting Room)
                West Side Building, 1937 E. Bustamante

                 
Date:
     Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time:     2:00 p.m.


                                   ***  Please view information below for more details ***
              

Villa San Agustin de Laredo

Genealogical Society

invites you
to join them
on

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
2:00 p.m.

UTHSC
LIBRARY BUILDING ( MEETING ROOM )
WEST SIDE BUILDING
  1937 E. Bustamante

 

for a presentation of the

Lipan Apache
and other
Native Indian Groups
in the Laredo Area

Ethnohistorical and Anthropological

 

Presented by

Jose Medina Gonzalez Davila

Tribe of Texas

Adjunct curator of the
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History


For more information, please contact:

Bibi Garza-Gongora  723-8419

Lily Perez 724-2075

Elisa Gutierrez 728-7111


                               

 



 

The 30th Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference will take place September 24, 27, 2009.  Please click on the following link to obtain more information regarding the conference.

www.hispanicgenealogyconference.webs.com


                               


September - 2009

Event:   Lecture by Cordelia (Cordy) Barrera, PhD
                Topic: "Border Places, Frontier Spaces: 
                              Exploring the Literature of the Southwest"

Where:   UT Health Science Center Auditorium
                1937 E. Bustamante St., Laredo, TX

                 
Date:
     September 19, 2009, Saturday

Time:     2:00 p.m.


              For more information,

                     please contact Bibi Garza-Gongora - 723-8419
                                              Elisa Gutierrez - 763-7415 or
                                              Norma Salinas - 726-3959
 

                               


July - August 2009  


                 
                      No events scheduled for these months.


              
                               


June - 2009

Event:   Genealogy Workshop with John Campbell

Where:   TAMIU Special Collections Library
                 
Date:
     June 27, 2009

Time:     10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

 

VILLA SAN AGUSTIN DE LAREDO

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

 JOIN US FOR A

 GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

 SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2009

10:30A.M. TO 12:30P.M.

AT

 TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY

JEANETTE HATCHER - SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIAN

 

TRACE YOUR

 FAMILY TREE

WITH

JOHN CAMPBELL

 

WE WELCOME ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP
TRACING THEIR FAMILY ROOTS

 COME JOIN OUR SOCIETY AND KEEP UP
WITH HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION

 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:

BIBI GARZA-GONGORA - 723-8419

LILY PEREZ - 724-2075

ELISA GUTIERREZ - 763-7415


              
                               

 


May - 2009

Event:   NONE THIS MONTH

Where:   
                 
Date:
     

Time:     
              

VILLA SAN AGUSTIN DE LAREDO 
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

WILL NOT HAVE A MAY MEETING
DUE TO THE H1N1 FLU EMERGENCY
 

UNDER THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES
IT WOULD BE BEST FOR EVERYONE.

 BUT PLEASE
TAKE NOTE THAT

WE WILL MEET

JUNE  27, 2009 AT
10:30 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

 FOR A

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP WITH JOHN CAMPBELL

AT TAMIU
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY

 WE WILL SEND NOTICES  TO REMIND YOU

THANK YOU

ANY QUESTION ? CALL ELISA GUTIERREZ 763-7415

OR

BIBI GARZA-GONGORA 723-8419


                               

 


April - 2009

Event:   A Class Apart and Panel Discussion

Where:   UT Health Science Center Auditorium
                1937 E. Bustamante St., Laredo, Texas

                 
Date:
     April 25, 2009 (Saturday)

Time:     2:00 P.M.


                                *** See details below for more information ***
              

VILLA SAN AGUSTIN DE LAREDO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

presents

A CLASS APART
and
Panel Discussion

 

" Gus Garcia arguing Hernandez vs. Texas, the first case ever argued by Mexican American litigators before the U. S. Supreme Court".

 

A new documentary detailing a chapter of U. S. history that is so very important to us will be shown at our April monthly meeting. The story looks at Hernandez vs Texas, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1954 and had a significant impact in the Mexican American Civil Rights movement.  It is a compelling story in our history that must be told and not forgotten.

After the film, we will have a panel discussion with panel members

 Author, Ricardo D. Palacios,  Esq.,

Jose A. Lopez, noted Laredo author
and
 Author, Dr. Jose Roberto  Juarez, PH.D.

Moderator will be Freddy Gutierrez, VSALGS President

JOIN US ON

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009
2:00 P.M.

UT Health Science Center Auditorium
1937 E. Bustamante St.
Laredo, Texas

For more information,

please contact Bibi Garza-Gongora at 723-8419 or
Elisa Gutierrez at 763-7415

New Members are always welcome!!!


                               

 


March - 2009


Event:
   Nights of Wailing, Days of Pain by Jose Antonio Lopez

Where:   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER
             BUILDING- Library Branch - 1937 E. Bustamante St.

                 
Date:
     March 21st, 2009

Time:     
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m


                                      * SEE INFORMATION BELOW *    
       

Villa San Agustin

de Laredo Genealogical Society

presents

Nights of Wailing, Days of Pain

 NIGHTS OF WAILING, DAYS OF PAIN
BY JOSE ANTONIO ( JOE ) LOPEZ

A story depicting Tejano family life in the 1920's

 Saturday, March 21, 2009
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
 HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER BUILDING- Library Branch

1937 E. Bustamante St.

 JOIN US
 FOR THIS VERY INTERESTING PRESENTATION

Books will be available

 For more information contact E. Gutierrez - 763-7415
                               Bibi Garza Gongora - 723-8419

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME

 STILL TIME FOR YOU TO PAY YOUR DUES

DUES ENTITLE YOU TO OUR ANNUAL

VSALGS JOURNAL

SEND CHECKS PAYABLE TO VSALGS TO :

 NORMA SALINAS ( Treasurer) 8517 Crown Woods Dr.
Laredo, Texas, 78045


                               

 


February - 2009

Event:   Please see information provided below.

Where:   N/A
                 
Date:
     N/A

Time:     N/A

              

Villa San Agustin de
Laredo Genealogical Society

will not 

have a membership meeting for February  due to all the WBCA activities

but we encourage you to attend
the
American Historical Theatre
 

 George Washington

Premier of

" Behind Closed Doors "

presented by WBCA
February 11, 2009
7:00 p.m.

TAMIU  Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison
in a one-hour, one act play.

Please pick up your ( FREE ) ticket at the
 Laredo Morning Times office
.

I will not send notices other than e-mail so if you
know of a member who does not have e-mail
 and would like to attend
Please be so kind as to spread the word about
picking up a ticket to this presentation.
Thanks,

Elisa Gutierrez, Corresponding Secretary


                               

 


December - 2008

 

Merry Christmas to all

Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society Members and Friends

 

Christmas is almost upon us & VSALGS would like to invite you to join us for our December activities

 

Sat., Dec. 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Won't you join us on Sat. morning to honor our deceased United States Veterans by placing a Christmas wreath on the outer perimeter of the veterans' tombs. We will need all of the VSALGS members to come and help out with this project.

 

Wed. Dec. 10, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. - Guerrero Viejo Exhibit Seminar, Casa Ortiz, 915 Zaragoza St.

 

Thursday Dec. 11, 2008 , 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.- Opening Reception for the Guerrero Viejo Exhibit, Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza St.

 

Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Farias Virjen de Guadalupe Celebration, Farias Ranch on the Mines Rd.

 

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 7:00 p.m.- VSALGS Traditional Christmas Tamalada at the residence of Dr. Hector and Diana Farias, 404 Chevy Chase Dr., in Del Mar Hills. The society will furnish the tamales and members are asked to bring a covered dish and BYOB. This year we will have music for dancing. There will be a $5.00 charge for guests, and also the VSALGS Cookbook will be available for sale that evening.

It is very important that you RSVP for the Christmas

Tamalada by Dec. 9,  so we can plan for the meal.

Elisa Gutierrez 763-7415

 

Hope to see all of you at our VSALGS Christmas Festivities


 


November - 2008

Event:   General Working Meeting
                
Where:   San Martin de Porres Church, Room 4
                 
Date:
     November 12, 2008, Wednesday

Time:     
7:00 p.m.

              !

VILLA SAN AGUSTIN DE LAREDO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

 NEEDS YOU!

WE NEED YOUR HELP

VSALGS WOULD LIKE TO HONOR OUR DECEASED AMERICAN VETERANS BY

 MAKING CHRISTMAS WREATHS

AND  PLACING THEM

ON THE OUTER PERIMETER OF THE VETERANS' TOMBS AT THE 

CITY CEMETERY ON THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER.

BUT, WE NEED YOUR HELP IN PUTTING THE WREATHS TOGETHER.

WE WOULD LIKE ALL  VSALGS MEMBERS 

TO COME OUT AND HELP WITH THIS PROJECT. 

 JOIN US FOR A GENERAL WORKING MEETING

AT

SAN MARTIN DE PORRES CATHOLIC CHURCH

ROOM 4

 WEDNESDAY , NOVEMBER 12, 2008

AT 7:00 P.M.


WE  WILL ALSO DISCUSS

  UP-COMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER.

  • GUERRERO VIEJO EXHIBIT

 ( TWO DAYS OF PRESENTERS AND THE MONTH-LONG EXHIBIT )

  • CHRISTMAS TAMALADA

 PLEASE ATTEND!!!

 

PLEASE CALL ELISA GUTIERREZ IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS 763-7415

 


October - 2008

Event:   Roma, Texas Trip
                
Where:   Roma, Texas (see departure information below)
                 
Date:
     October 10, 2008

Time:     
7:30.A.M.

Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society

ROMA, TEXAS TRIP 

Friday, October 10, 2008

We will meet and depart from
Danny's Restaurant on Zapata Hwy. at 7:30.A.M.

(If you want to have coffee or breakfast
 please get there earlier)

Will caravan to Roma, Texas and will meet at
City Hall on 77 Convent St.

Arq. Carlos Rugerio Cazares will be
our guide and will meet us there at 10:00 a.m.

The tour of Roma will take us to their restored buildings,
cemetery and birding center.

We should be done with the tour at about 2:00p.m.

THERE IS NO CHARGE BUT A
DONATION WILL BE ACCEPTED

Lunch will be at the birding center
and we will all pay our own.

Please take walking shoes and hats.
water will be provided.

Please make arrangements with someone to car pool.

I will need to know how many are going so please let me know if you are attending either by e-mail or telephone.

Thank You

RSVP- 763-7415- ELISA GUTIERREZ

 


September - 2008     

Event:   VSALGS September Meeting & Laredo Antiguo Walking Tour
                
Where:   Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, next to La Posada Hotel
                 
Date:
     September 27, 2008

Time:     
9:30 a.m.
              

Coat of arms of City of Laredo
VSALGS September Meeting
Laredo Antiguo Walking Tour and Meeting
 
Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, San Agustin Plaza area,
Casa Ortiz and ending at the Villa Antigua Museum on Zaragoza St.
 
Starting point at the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum
next to La Posada Hotel on Zaragoza St
guide Rick Villarreal will tell us about the old homes and history surrounding the San Agustin Plaza
gardens and interior of the Casa Ortiz ( guide Jesse Gonzalez)
exhibits at both museums
Plan on being part of the tour
Join us
 Saturday morning Sept. 27, 2008
9:30 a.m.
for  a re-acquaintance with our Laredo History
 
Cost will be  $10.00 per person
Please bring walking shoes, hat or umbrella
Will discuss next months trip to Roma
 
PLEASE RSVP AT 763-7415 W/ ELISA GUTIERREZ
by Thursday, Sept. 25
OLD AND NEW MEMBERS  WELCOME
 
Do not miss it !!!
 

 


June - 2008

Event:   ANCESTRY.COM Genealogical Workship
                
Where:   Laredo Public Library, Main Library, 1120 E. Calton Road
                 
Date:
     Saturday, June 28, 2008

Time:     
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
              


VILLA SAN AGUSTIN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
AND
THE LAREDO PUBLIC LIBRARY
MAIN LIBRARY
1120 E. CALTON ROAD
 
WOULD LIKE  TO INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR A
 
ANCESTRY.COM GENEALOGICAL WORKSHOP
COMPUTER LAB, SECOND FLOOR
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2008
 
9:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
 
MR. JOE MORENO
WILL INTRODUCE ANCESTRY.COM TO OUR MEMBERS
AND GUIDE US THROUGH ANCESTRY.COM INDEXES AND COLLECTIONS
WHICH INCLUDE:
 BIRTH, MARRIAGE & DEATH RECORDS
U.S. IMMIGRATION COLLECTIONS
U.S. CENSUS RECORDS
U.S. MILITARY COLLECTIONS
MEXICAN PARISH RECORDS
WORLD WAR I & II RECORDS
CIVIL WAR RECORDS
PASSENGER & IMMIGRATIONS LISTS
BORDER CROSSING FROM MEXICO & CANADA
 
PLEASE R.S.V.P. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
ONE COMPUTER PER COUPLE.
 ( YOU WILL BE USING A COMPUTER )
 
ANY QUESTIONS  --- YOU CAN CONTACT & RSVP
 - ELISA GUTIERREZ AT ........956 763-7415
 
JOIN US FOR A VERY INTERESTING MORNING!!!
                                                 

 



May - 2008

Event:   Presentation by Roberto R. Calderon, Ph.D. 
              "Mitos y Verdades: A Journey through South Tejas History"
                
Where:   Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum
                810 Zaragoza St.
                 
Date:
     Thursday, May 15, 2008

Time:     
7:00 p.m.

              * The presentation is being co-sponsored by the Webb County Heritage
                  Foundation and Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society.

              * Dr. Roberto R. Calderon, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor & Faculty
                  Advisor, Mexican American Studies, Department of History at the
                  University of North Texas in Denton.

                              

 


April - 2008

Event:   "Been There, Done That: Mexican Immigration to the U. S. ,
                  1900 - 1965"
by Dr. Jose Roberto Juarez

                
Where:   San Martin De Porres, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
                 
Date:
     April 17, 2008

Time:     7:00 p.m.                           




See You There!!!      New Members  Welcome

Any  questions call  ...... Elisa Gutierrez  - 763-7415

 


March - 2008

Event 1:   Tercera Conferencia de Historia Familiar
                
Where:   Ramos Arizpe Coahuila
                 
Date:
     March 7, 2008

Time:     
Leave at 8:00 a.m. (tentative)
 
                  *** Please click on this link for further information ***
              
                    Elisa Gutierrez, VSALSG Events Coordinator - 763-7415

Event 2:   The Story of Don Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Uribe,
                 A Texas Hero - The last Knight by former Laredoan
                 Jose Antonio Lopez
               
Where:   San Martin de Porres Catholic Church
                 Meeting Rm 1 & 2
                 
Date:
     March 18, 2008

Time:     
7:00 p.m.

              ** Join us for a history lesson of a real Texas Hero **

                           GUESTS WELCOME

                      Contact Elisa Gutierrez, (956) 763-7415


February - 2008

Event:   An exhibit of "Early American History through Original Documents":
               personal collection of Laredoan Toni Ruiz
                &
               A historical performance by Robert Gleason of the American Historical
                Theatre in Philadelphia (informative history lesson through costume)
                
Where:   Texas A&M International University 
                Center For The Performing Arts

                 
Date:
     February 5, 2008

Time:     
6:00 P.M.

                  Elisa Gutierrez, VSALSG Events Coordinator - 763-7415

 


January - 2008

Event:   
Mr. Rene Lopez of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church Matlachines will present 
a demonstration and explanation of the Danza of the Matlachine, a dance practiced by indigeneous groups since early colonial times.
           
Where:   San Martin De Porres Catholic Church, Rooms 1 & 2
                 
Date:
     January 21, 2008

Time:     
7:30 P.M.

              *** VSALGS MEMBERSHIP WILL BE COLLECTED ***

                       $25.00 ONE INDIVIDUAL
                       $30.00 COUPLE

                   Please call Elisa Gutierrez if you have any questions.  763-7415


December - 2007

Event:   Christmas Tamalada
                
Where:   Home of Dr. and Mrs. Hector Farias, Jr., 404 Chevy Chase Dr.
                 
Date:
     Saturday, December 8, 2007

Time:     
7:00 p.m.. - 10:00 p.m.

                *** Bring a dish to share with our members***

                       Guests......$5.00

                            RSVP: Elisa Gutierrez at 763-7415           SEE YOU THERE!

 


November - 2007 

Event:    Presentation of "A History OF Mexican Fort Worth" by Dr. Carlos Cuellar,
               Associate Professor of History at TAMIU
                
Where:   San Martin De Porres Catholic Church
                Bldg: Religious Education Center, Rooms 1 and 2
                (Church located at corner of Barlett and Sandman)

                Directions: If coming from Saunders turn north at Barlett (Light at IBC Commerce Bank,
                                 La Parilla Restaurant), proceed to Sandman Street.  The Church is at the
                                 corner of Sandman and Barlett.  At Sandman turn right one block then turn
                                 left on Dougherty and then turn left into the Church parking lot.  Look for
                                 Religious Education Building facing North, next to the Gym.

                                 If coming from McPherson, go to Laredo Public Library and turn into
                                 Calton.  At the "Y" take an immediate left into Sandman, go past the church
                                 to Daughtery St., turn left and enter church parking lot.  Look for Religious
                                 Building facing North, next to the the Gym.
                 
Date:
      November 13, 2007, Tuesday night

Time:      
8:00 p.m.

      **** There will be a members meeting at 7:30 p.m. to make arrangements for our
               Christmas Tamalada.

                Please be there.  This will be our 10th anniversary, and we would like our
                membership to really get involved.  See you there!

                We will also distribute the 2007 Journal!

                    Any questions, contact Elisa Gutierrez at 763-7415

                           

 


October - 2007

Event:    Presentation on Hebbronville, Texas, The First 100 Years by Mr. Rafael Ramirez Jr.
                
Where:   Falcon Bank Lake House at Lake Casa Blanca (next to the Brother's Ranchito)
                 
Date:
      Thursday, October 18, 2007

Time:      
7:00 p.m.

          * Refreshments will be served.

          Instructions on how to get there Drive past main entrance to Lake Casa Blanca, take a right turn on that road.  As you take that road, the old Casa Blanca swimming pool will be on your right hand side. Stay on the paved road all the way past entrance to Ranchito. The Falcon Lake House will be the first house on your right as you turn.

 If you get lost call Elisa Gutierrez at 763-7415

RSVP by October 15, 2007

 


September - 2007

Book Signing Event of interest to our Genealogy Society

Cortina - Defending the Mexican Name in Texas
                 by Jerry Thompson

Where:    Border Heritage Museum - 810 Zaragoza St., Laredo, TX

Date:    Friday, September 21, 2007

Time:    7:30 p.m.

Contact:    Christina Davila (email: cdavila@webheritage.org)

Go to the link provided below for more information about the book by the author Dr. Thompson

    www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2007/thompsoncortina.htm 

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Event:    Callaghan Ranch Visit (Mr. Adalberto Ramirez - speaker; Mr. Joe Finley from the Callaghan Ranch - host)

Where:   Callaghan Ranch
                 
Date:  
    Saturday, September 22, 2007 

Time:      7:30 a.m. - Our morning will start off at the Taco Tote Restaurant, 5603 San Dario Ave., next to the Mall.   

     (Everyone pays for their own breakfast taco and beverage).

      Mr. Ramirez will give a synopsis of what to expect at the ranch during the 30 minutes that we will be at the restaurant.

      Because time is an issue, we must leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. to arrive at the ranch at 8:30 a.m.

      We will caravan to the Callaghan Ranch in our own cars.  (Trucks or SUVs would be best; if you don't  have one, please contact someone who does.  Carpooling is a must.)

        8:30 a.m. - Callaghan Headquarters for the greeting.  We will visit the cattle sorting pens, the old ranch kitchen ruins, the field work being done by John Deere, other projects being done at the ranch, and finally visit the Old Camino Real or the Old San Antonio Road and the Old Stagecoach Station Ruins.

        We should be back between 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 noon.

 *** Please wear appropriate clothing.  No sandals or open-toe shoes ladies!!! ***

              * Any questions, please contact Elisa Gutierrez at 728-7111

 


June - 2007

Event:    Genealogy Workshop
                
Where:   Special Collections Library, Jeanette Hatcher, Librarian
                TAMIU - Laredo, Texas
                 
Date:
      Saturday, June 23, 2007

Time:      
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Share your genealogy (bring your genealogy charts)
                12:30 p.m. to  2:00 p.m.  - Lunch (on your own)
                  2:00 p.m. to  4:00 p.m. -  Genealogy with John Campbell

                *  NOTE:  Seating is limited to 23 persons - To sign up please call Elisa Gutierrez at 763-7415.
                 

 


 

May - 2007

Event:    Annual Picnic
                
Where:   Las Aguilas Ranch (Farias Ranch) on the Mines Road     (click this link for map)
                 
Date:
      May 19, 2007

Time:      
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                    * Speakers will be announced at the picnic
                    *  Lunch will be provided
                    *  $10 per guest
                    
                            *  Please RSVP by May 07 (Elisa Gutierrez at 763-7415)
  


April - 2007

Event:    Tour & Research Webb County Clerk's Office, Margie Ramirez Ibarra
                
Where:   1110 Victoria St. Ste 201
                 
Date:
      April 20, 2007

Time:      
2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

                o  Bring your pencil and notepad

                o  Sign up early (20 people maximum)
                    Those who are not included in the group of 20 will get another chance at a later date

                o  Contact: Elisa Gutierrez (956) 568-0995

                 


 

March - 2007

Event:    VSALGS will tour the San Antonio missions: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, Mission San Jose,
                Mission Espada, and the Alamo (all missions are 30 to 45 minute tours except San Jose which is 2 hours).
                
Where:   San Antonio, Texas
                 
Date:
    March 31, 2007  

Time:     
Bus will depart at 6:30 a.m. from Falcon National Bank on McPherson & Hillside (parking will be available
               on the east side facing Hillside Road) 

               o  Cost: members $40 per person; $50 for non-members; no admission fee for missions

               o  Lunch at Luby's in San Antonio at your expense.  You may bring a SMALL cooler for your snacks.
                   Water will be supplied by the VSALGS

               o  Please sign up as soon as possible since only 40 spaces are available.  
                   Contact: Elisa Gutierrez (956) 568-0995


February - 2007

Event:    VSALGS will partner with the Laredo Center For The Arts for a 
                book signing with Jose M. Pena, author of The Four Winds of Revilla
                
Where:   Laredo Center For The Arts - Old Laredo Library, 2nd floor
                 
Date:
      February 3, 2007

Time:    
  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

               o Coffee and pastries will be served at 10:00 a.m.  Parking will be available 
                  at the Laredo National Bank parking garage on San Bernardo Avenue.


 

January - 2007

Event:    "The Trevino Family Lineage" presented by Dr. Ramon Dovalina.
                                
Where:   Center for the Arts (Downtown Laredo)
                 
Date:
      Thursday, January 18, 2007

Time:      
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

                o Refreshments will be served.  Parking is available at the city parking area behind the Laredo Convention
                   and Visitors Bureau.

                o VSALGS dues will be collected for 2007 by Norma Hagy, treasurer.  
                   Old and new members are welcome.

               
o You may contact Elisa Gutierrez for more information at (956) 568-0995.
                                 


 

December 2006

Event:    Christmas Tamalada.
                
Where:   Diana & Hector Farias' Home - 404 Chevy Chase Drive in Del Mar.
                 
Date:
      Saturday, December 2, 2006.
                 Members may bring a covered dish, salad, or pastry.

Time:      
6:30 p.m.

                 Announcement of new officers for 2007 will take place.  Guests are $5.00 each.
                 Dues for 2007 will be collected.
                 Call Sanjuanita Martinez-Hunter at (956) 722-3497 for details.

                      **  My year as monthly program director ends this December.  Thank you for your attendance at each event.    Sanjuanita     **


 

November 2006

Event:    "Los Ojuelos" ranch trip to Mirando City.  Speakers: Enrique and Lydia Benavides property owners; 
                 retired Colonel Guadalupe Martinez (formerly of Laredo, now residing in San Antonio) will speak of his lineage/ancestors.
                
Where:   A caravan will meet at the H.E.B. on Saunders (next to the Post Office) at 8:15 a.m.  Arrive at "Los Ojuelos" at 9:30 a.m.
                Call 722-3497 for reservations and to volunteer car for members to car pool.
                 
Date:
      Saturday, November 11, 2006

Time:      
8:15 a.m. at H.E.B. parking lot
                9:30 a.m. arrival time
                12 noon - Lunch

                


 

October 2006

Event:    "Santo Tomas Ranch History" with speaker Beatriz Izaguirre Flores, Director of Student Services with the San Marcos Independent School District.
                 Lineage:  de la Garza, Falcon, Cuellar, Ramirez.
                A tour of the Rialto Hotel will be given by her brother/owner Tomas Izaguirre.
                 Refreshments will be served.
                
Where:   The Rialto Hotel, formerly the Sames-Moore Building at the corner of Matamoros and Salinas.
                 
Date:
      Saturday, October 28, 2006

Time:   
   10:00 a.m.

                            * Non-members $5 (can be applied to annual membership dues for new members).

                            * Parking is available adjacent to hotel through Matamoros St. entrance..

                            * For reservations and additional information, please call Sanjuanita M. Hunter at 956-722-3497.

                


 

September 2006

Event:   The 27th Annual Texas Conference on Hispanic Genealogy and History "Connecting Our Families".

Where:   The Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Date:      August 31st through September 3rd.

Conference rates:

                       Hotel:   $97.00 plus tax for 1 to 4 persons
                                    Call 1-800-THE-OMNI or (3610 887-1600
                                    S.A.G.A
                                    P.O. Box 784
                                    Corpus Christi, TX 78403-0784

              Conference:  $60.00
                                     For registration or program info contact:
                                      Mira Smithwick (361) 356-6510 or (361) 510-5754
                                      Sara Flores (361) 993-1922 or (361) 876-8860

  Deadlines for registration:  August 24, 2006
                                                Registration for conference increases to $75.00 after deadline.
                                                * For more detailed information, call Sanjuanita Martinez-Hunter at (956) 722-3497.

               S.A.G.A website link follows:   www.freewebs.com/sagacorpus/

              


   

June 2006

Event:    Genealogy Interactive Workshop
                
Where:   San Martin de Porres Church, Meeting Room #3
                 
Date:
      Saturday, June 17, 2006
Time:      
10:00 a.m.

                John Campbell, local genealogist, will open the workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  We will break for lunch (which will be on your own) and return at 1:00 p.m. to the same meeting room.  In the afternoon, we will share family lineages or you may start your own family tree.

                Bring pencils, tablets, notes, and above all your own family tree/charts to share with everyone else.  Those of you who have last year's Journal might want to bring it to use the Research Checklist pages, Family Group Record pages and Ancestral Charts.

                Please RSVP so that we may know how many people will be attending.  RSVP to Licha Gutierrez at 568-0995 or email her at gutierrez0265g@yahoo.com.

 


 

May 2006

Event:    The 2nd Annual Sarita Kenedy Ranch Museum Festival in Sarita, Texas, with Homero Vera, 
                curator of the museum.  "A Historical Perspective of Kenedy County from Late 1600 to 1870."
Where:   Sarita, Texas
Date:     
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
Time:
      10:00 a.m.

                    * No admission for the festival.  Lunch is on your own at the festival.

  • 7:15 a.m.   - Caravan meets at  H.E.B. Saunders.
    10:00a.m.  - Festival begins.
    2:45 p.m.   - Leave festival to travel to King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas for a historical tour.  Entrance fee is $8.00 per person.
    4:00 p.m.   - King Ranch bus tour begins.

        * Following the tour, the group will travel to Robstown, Texas for dinner at Joe Cotton's (on our own).

        *
Laredo members are encouraged to volunteer vehicles to take other members of the group.  A $10 gas donation per person is suggested to offer the driver of the car.  Those who plan to attend the festival must call Sanjuanita by Monday, April 17th.

        * Members outside of the Laredo area will meet at the festival or at designated areas enroute to the festival.  Call Sanjuanita at 722-3497.

 

April 2006

Event:    "Mexico: Its Folklore in Dance"
                Presented by Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia of the TAMIU Ballet Folklorico.
Where:   Sanjuanita Martinez-Hunter's home on 1314 Greenway Lane
                 Pot Luck Dinner  (722-3497)
Date:
      April 21st, 2006.
Time:     
6:30 p.m. 

                    The Society will furnish the main course (barbeque brisket with potatoes, salad and beans).  Members may bring salads or desserts for 8 servings.  Picnic attire is suggested.  Call Sanjuanita if you plan to come.                


March 2006

Event:    Picnic/Field Trip.  "A Visit to New and Old Guerrero" with Maria Eugenia Guerra of LareDos
                Publishing Company and Jaime Gutierrez, Secretary of Los Caminos del Rio
                Heritage Project.
Where:   San Ygnacio, Old Guerrero
Date:     
Saturday, March 4th, 2006
Time:
      8:00 a.m.

  • Caravan meets at H.E.B. Saunders parking lot at 8:00 a.m.
    Meet Meg Guerra at Pepe's in San Ygnacio at 9:30 a.m.
    Meet Jaime Gutierrez at 11:00 a.m. in Nuevo Guerrero Presidential Offices.
         Tour the archives and church.
    Lunch at noon (Cabrito).
    Continue to Old Guerrero.
    Return to Laredo approximately at 6:30 p.m.
  • Call Sanjuanita at 722-3497 to volunteer your vehicle for carpooling to Guerrero.

  • In order for your name to appear in the genealogy journal, please send your dues by February 28, 2006.

February 2006

Event:    "Learning to Use the Computer for Genealogy".  Mr. Joseph Lambert, Principal and
                Branch President in Laredo of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and
                assisted by Elder Bateman.
Where:   Eagle Academy of Laredo, 1720 Hillside (Corner of Hillside & Daughterty
                in the base area by old airport)
Date:     
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
Time:    
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


January 2006

Event:    An afternoon tea with Rose Mary Swisher.  "My Ancestors"  An afternoon with two
               prominent South Texas historical families - founder of Victoria, Texas, Martin De Leon and
               rancher Petra Vela Kenedy.
Where:  Home of Raquel Senties, 325 St. Julien, JSJ Estates 
              (at entrance take immediate right -- house with blue dome)
Date:    
Saturday, January 21st 
Time:    
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • "Rosa Maria Rodriguez de Swisher, descendant of two prominent South Texas families, will present a brief history of the Martin de Leon and Petra Vela Kenedy families. Martin de Leon, the "Empresario," was the founder of Victoria and was Rosa Maria's great-great-great-grandfather. Petra Vela Kenedy, who was the wealthy widow of Luis Vidal, and subsequently married Mifflin Kenedy of the King Ranch partnership, was Rosa Maria's great-grandmother. Both families had a great impact on South Texas." 

  • RSVP by January 18 if you plan to attend.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to join the society.  January and February are enrollment months for new members, and we will be collecting dues for 2006.  For more information and RSVP, contact Sanjuanita Martinez Hunter at 722-3497.

 


December 2005

Event: Traditional Christmas Tamalada
Where: Home of Hector and Diana Farias on 404 Chevy Chase Drive
Date:
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Time:
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

        For more information call Sanjuanita Martinez-Hunter at 956-722-3497.

 


November 2005

Event: A Tour of San Ygnacio Ranches" with Maria Eugenia Guerra of LareDos
Where: Tour group will form at HEB on Saunders 
Date:
November 05, 2005
Time:
9:00 a.m. 

    For car pooling and directions to the first site on the tour (which will be at the oldest home in Texas "Los Corralitos", RSVP by Thursday, November 03 at (956) 722-3497.

A cook-out is planned for lunch at Maria Eugenia Guerra's ranch in San Ygnacio.  We will gladly except donations of side dishes such as salads.

 


October 2005

Event: 250 Years of History Conference Program
Where: Texas A&M International University
Date:
October 13-14, 2005
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. on October 13 Welcome

  • There will be a 30 minute business meeting of the Society from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Student Center Room 120 on the 1st floor at TAMIU. 

 


September 2005

Event: 26th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference
Where: Holiday Inn - Civic Center, 800 Garden St., San Bernardo and IH 35 South
Date:
Thursday September 01, 2005 Early Registration
Time:
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for Early Registration

     Maps depicting the number of registrants who attended the conference can be viewed on the State Conference page!

        Click on "State Conference" button at top of this page for details on registration, schedule of events, dates and times

 


August 2005

Special committee meeting for convention updates will be scheduled by Mirta Barrera or Sanjuanita Martinez-Hunter, chairwomen of the conference.

 


July 2005

Event: Genealogical Research Workshop
Where: Laredo Public Library, 1120 E. Calton Rd., 2nd Floor, Special Collections
Date: July 16, 2005
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon

 For additional information contact: Elisa G. Gutierrez at (956) 712-0265,
  or email: gutierrez0265@sbcglobal.net 

 


May 2005

Event: Pot Luck Dinner, Business Meeting - "Where are We?"
Where: 
Home of Sanjuanita M Hunter, 1314 Greenway Drive 
Date:
Tuesday May 17, 2005
Time:
6:30pm
Speaker: Marie F Rollin (retired LCC educator)
Topic: Her book The Fighting Padre of Zapata
  Marie's book received the Jim Parrish Award, Webb County Heritage Foundation, 2003, and 
  the Peter J Foik Award, Texas Catholic Historical Society, 2004
 RSVP:
by Friday, May 15, 722-3497 (Sanjuanita)
 Suggestions: Casseroles, salads, desserts or anything your heart desires for the Pot Luck Dinner.
     Come dressed casually.  Bring $7.00 dollars for June Trolley Historical Tour.

 


April 2005

Event: Field Trip of Texas History - Goliad, Texas
Date:
Saturday April 2, 2005
(1) Fannin Plaza
(2) General Zaragoza State Historic Site
(3) Goliad State Park (Lunch)
(4) Market House Museum
(5) Presidio la Bahia
(6) Cost:  $60.00

 


March 2005

Event: Spring Picnic in San Ignacio, Texas
Where:
Adrian Martinez Ranch
Date:
Saturday March 5, 2005
Time:
10:00 am - Meet at Nuestra Senora del Refugio Catholic Church (in front of Plaza Uribe);
                              historic home of Adrian Martinez, Maria Eva Uribe Ramirez, Acela M. Martinez,
                              and lunch at Martinez Family Museum
Speaker:
Lecture by Dr. Beatriz de La Garza on "Old Guerrero" at 1:00 pm

                 Poster signing - Jose Luis Aun - 250th Laredo Anniversary Celebration.  Posters will be sold at picnic.

RSVP - Sanjuanita Martinez Hunter at 956-722-3497 by February 22 - For picnic, members are free - guests
             $5.00 each.

             ** Dues for 2005 and the $60.00 for the Goliad trip will also be collected.

 


February 2005

Presentation: Presentation of George Washington - Richard Haynes - Pocahontas - Patricia Davila
Where:
Home of Chito and Pat Davila, 1420 Seymour Avenue
Date:
Thursday February 24, 2005
Time: 
7:00 to 8:30 pm

RSVP-Sanjuanita Martinez Hunter at 956-722-3497 by February 22

    * Refreshments will be served.

 


January 2005

Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society Family Ties

DATE:  Thursday, January 20th, 2005
TIME:
  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dinner with two speakers, members of our Society
PLACE: 
Logan's Roadhouse Restaurant Party Room at Mall del Norte
SPEAKERS:  John Ross Campbell,
will speak on "We're All Related!"
For this interactive presentation, he has requested that members bring family
last names to add to his database which contains 37,000 + individuals.

Hector Farias, Jr., Ph.D., will speak on"Juan Francisco Farias and the Military Museum."

RSVP by Monday, January 17 if you plan to attend.
Sanjuanita Martinez - Hunter, Ph. D., at 722-3497|
Each member pays for his/her dinner.
Dues for 2005 will be collected.

 


December 2004

Event: Annual Tamalada
Where:
Home of Dr. and Mrs. Hector Farias, Jr.
Date:
Thursday December 9, 2004
Time: 7:00 - 9:00p.m.


 


November 2004

Event: Field Trip to Austin ($65 Fee)
Where:
Laredo to Austin, roundtrip
Dates...
Friday November 12, 2004
(a) General Land Grant Office
(b) Bob Bullock Museum Archives
(c) Nettie Benson Latin American Library - UT Austin
(d) LBJ Library (Barker Archives) UT Austin
(e) LUNCH with Dr. Andres Tijerina as Guest Speaker
Galen Greaser, Beatriz de la Garza, and Laura Gutierrez Witt (tour guides of research facilities and luncheon guests)
(f) Drury Inn on IH 35 North - OK Bus Lines from San Antonio
Saturday November 13
(a) Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Collection


VSALGS Meeting
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
The Villa San Agustin de Laredo Genealogical Society Cordially invites you to attend the book signing and lecture presented by Dr. Beatriz de la Garza, former Laredoan, now living in Austin, Texas. Her book, entitled A Law for the Lion: A Tale  of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands, is a true story of a double killing of two prominent Laredo land owners Don Francisco Gutierrez and his son Manuel.

The evening presentation is co-sponsored by Dr. Ramon Dovalina, President of the Laredo Community College with the History
Department.

Place: Kazen Center, room 121, LCC
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., A reception and book signing will follow her lecture.

For additional information contact:
Norma S. Hagy Historian, 956/723-6276 nhagy@stx.rr.com or
Lupita Ramirez, founder, 956/722-1464  lupitacramirez@aol.com

BEATRIZ DE LA GARZA was born in Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico, also known as Old Revilla, the setting of several of her works, among them Pillars of Gold and Silver, the novel, and the short story of the same name in The Candy Vendor's Boy and Other Stories. As a result of the flooding and destruction of her hometown by the Falcon International Reservoir, Beatriz moved with her family to Laredo, Texas, where she grew up. Beatriz, who enrolled in school in Laredo without knowing English, began writing short tales and poetry in Spanish. As she learned English she also began to write in this language, and while in high school she worn Honorable Mention awards for her short stories for two consecutive years from Seventeen Magazine's short-story contest.

Beatriz received a scholarship from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times of Corpus Christi, Texas, to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied journalism and creative writing and where she won the undergraduate short-story contest in her senior year and had her short stories published in the student magazine.

Arte Publico Press published her first collection of short stories, The Candy Vendor's Boy and Other Stories, which received a Star review from Publishers' Weekly, which also commented that "[t]he author shows a remarkably polished craft for a first time writer, imbuing her characters with rare emotional resonance."

Pillars of Gold and Silver, a novel for young adults, was published by Arte Publico Press in 1997. Booklist said of Pillars of Gold and Silver, "De la Garza weaves a story of sunlight and moonlight, memory and affection, and the crossing of two cultures."

Her latest book, A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands, the true story of a double killing that took place in South Texas in 1912, was published by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2003.

Beatriz de la Garza has lived in Austin, Texas, for more than twenty-five years where she has practiced law and taught at various colleges and universities, as well as being active in civic affairs.


VSALGS Meeting
Saturday March 6, 2004
This will be the annual ranch meeting, where a tour of San Ygnacio will be provided. The tour will be followed by a BBQ and meeting at the Ramirez Ranch close to Zapata, Texas. Here is more information on San Ygnacio.

San Ignacio Tour

Tour Time:
9:00 am
Tour Guide:  Viqui F. Uribe
Directions: From Laredo go on Hwy 83 South towards Zapata. In San Ygnacio turn for tour right on Washington St., a block after Pepe's Exxon Street leads to the Plaza in front of the Catholic Church. The group will trave to Guadalupe  Ranch after the tour for BBQ lunch.

Ranch BBQ
After the tour we will meet at the Ramirez Ranch for our annual BBQ
Time: Noon
Directions: From Laredo, Go Hwy 83 South towards Zapata, one (1) mile past the roadside park, turn left on Mendoza Road.  Go in one (1) mile, turn right, "Guadalupe Ranch Beefmaster"
Speakers:  Arnulfo (Fito) Santos and Tony Ramirez
Topics: Arnulfo's topic will be
"What To Look For in Locating Pre-Historic and Historic Human Occupations"
Tony's topic will be "The Traditional Herbal Medicine of South Texas". You may read an article by Tony titled "The Use of Medicinal Plants in South Texas"

Short Biography on Tony Ramirez
Since 1975, Tony Ramirez has been researching and cataloging the traditional medicinal ethnobotany of south Texas and Mexico.  He travels extensively throughout indigenous areas of Mexico, learning from native healers. Ramirez, formerly with the Texas Department of Agriculture, has authored over seventy articles on medicinal plants.

He currently presents workshops and seminars on the medicinal plants of south Texas and Mexico.  He offers a consulting service for practitioners and patients, and is an instructor of Herbal Medicine for the STEER Program in Laredo, an Environmental Medicine/Border Health Elective of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

VSALGS Meeting
Thursday February 26, 2004
Where:
Family History Center, 1520 E Hillside, Laredo, TX. 78041, 956/753-9249
Speaker:
Mauricio Gonzalez

Presentation: "My Grandfather's Grandfather", He also sells copies of his books for $15.00


VSALGS Meeting
Thursday January 22, 2004
Where:
Pat Davila Residence, 1420 N. Seymour, Laredo, TX. 78040, 956/722-3240
Speaker:
Laura Gutierrez Witt

Presentation: "Paleography of Ancient Spanish American Manuscripts"


VSALGS Meeting (X-mas meeting)
Friday December 19, 2003
Where:
The Home of Lupita Ramirez  at 8707 Crossway Drive in Laredo, TX
Agenda: Social with “Tamalada” and our goal is for the Journal to be ready for that evening


VSALGS Meeting
Thursday November 20, 2003
Where: The Home of Sam Johnson Jr., 1402 O'Kane in Laredo, TX.
Speaker: Ricardo Palacios, Attorney

Presentation: "A Pictorial History of Juan Salinas"


VSALGS Meeting
Thursday October 2, 2003
Where: Interiores Mejicanos, 4000 San Bernardo in Laredo at 6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Mr. Jorge Vega.

Presentation: "A Visual History of Mexico's Art Forms"

Mr. Jorge Vega was born in Monterrey, Mexico and attended school there for the first five years of his life. After his family returned to Laredo he attended Heights Elementary School. He completed his high school education at the Military Academy in Aledo, Illinois. He continued his education at Laredo Community College.

He is married to the former Estela Meza and they have four children, Eva Astrid Barber, Judith Reece, Lisa Paramo and Jorge Alejandro Vega. The family business "Interiores Mejicanos" was started in 1939 and Jorge started his career with the family in 1958. The business was also in Nuevo Laredo at one time, but has since been consolidated and is now located only in Laredo.

Jorge has made many friends in the course of his many travels into Mexico, as well as the many friends he sells to in the U.S. All are made to feel "en su casa" at 4000 San Bernardo in Laredo.

He has extensive knowledge of the art and artisans of Mexico after dealing with them for over 40 years, and counts many od them as personal friends. The event is open to the public. For additional information contact Lupita C. Ramirez, (956) 722-1464 or Norma S. Hagy at (956) 723-6276


VSALGS Meeting
Thursday October 30, 2003
Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1520 E. Hillside in Laredo (7 to 9 p.m.)
Speaker: Juan Cristobal Lopez Carrera

Presentation: "Canciones, Historia, Espiritus y Fantasmas en el Delta del Rio Bravo"

Prof. Juan Cristobal Lopez Carrera is a ntive of General Teran N.L.. He was born in 1969. He holds a Master's Degree in History and the Humanities from the UDEM University and "Universidad Autonoma de Monterrey". He is multilingual in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. He is a well known historian, author, and poet.  Prof. Lopez Carrera was he recipient of the "Poetry Literary" Prize of Nuevo leon for his "Bitacora de Astros y Pedernal" and many other awards. He is also active in radio and television, Canal 12, "Sistema" de "Estrellas de Oro". He is very active yet finds the time to be an International Speaker. He has talked to various groups in Mexico, Arizona and Texas. His activities are too numerous to mention, but he can be reached at paurake@hotmail.com


VSALGS Meeting
September 12, 2002
The VSALGS members went on a field trip to find and visit the cemetery at Darwin, located on the mines road, 18 miles west of Laredo. Some members were able to find the resting place of their ancestors. The cemetery is in bad shape with a few clean grave sites. Perhaps we could get donations and hire a person to clean it. This will provide an opportunity to document the graves there. We would need to get permission from the property owners for this project. For more information contact Lupita C. Ramirez LupitaCRamirez@aol.com  (956) 722-1464 or Jose G. Treviño at  jgtrevino@laredo.globalpc.net or (956) 722-3088.


VSALGS Meeting
Wednesday June
26, 2003
Time:        7:00 P. M.   - 9:00 P. M.
Speaker:  Raul J. Guerra
Topic:       "Marriage Dispensation Requests and how to extend your family tree, using the GUERRA family as an example"
Place:       Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1520 Hillside Road

Raul J. Guerra was born and raised in t he Rio Grade Valley (McAllen and Brownsville).  After graduating from college, joined the U.S. Air Force and served for 20 years until retirement in California in 1983.  He then worked for Ford Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas in California until returning to San Antonio, Texas in 1995. 
Mr. Guerra co-author two books on the marriage investigations requests titled "Index to the Marriage Investigations of the Diocese of Guadalajara - Provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Santander and Texas," Volume 1,1653 - 1750 Volume 2, 1751 - 1779.  He also co-authored of a book on the GUERRA family titled "Thirteen Generations of GUERRAs in the New World."  Co-founder and past president of The Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) in California and past president of  Los Bexarenos Genealogical Society in San Antonio, Texas.
He is now retired and works on genealogy and trying to link all the original settlers of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Texas, especially the GUERRA family.
 

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