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Sunday Speaker Series: Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Museum of South Texas History welcomes Dr. Armando C. Alonzo for a Sunday Speaker Series presentation of his book “Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900″ on Sunday, March 8 at 2p.m. 

Dr. Alonzo’s 1998 publication is a path-breaking study of Tejano ranchers and settlers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley from their Spanish colonial roots to 1900. Through a careful study of firsthand historic documents Alonzo shows how Tejanos adapted to change and maintained control of their ranchos through the 1880s, when changing social and economic conditions eroded most of the community’s land base. Dr. Alonzo’s book delineates and assesses the complexity of Mexican-Anglo interaction in south Texas. It also shows how Tejanos continued to play a leading role in the commercialization of ranching after 1848, and how they maintained a sense of community.  

A native of the Lower Valley of Texas, professor Alonzo received his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University in 1991 and has taught at Southwest Texas State University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and currently teaches at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1998. With funding from the National Research Council, he is currently studying the history of Texas and Northern Mexico in the period 1700-1865. 

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must present their FRIENDship card at the Admissions Desk. 

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community. 


March 8
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm