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March 17, 2014
Mexican Art Show & Sale
Finely crafted Mata Ortiz pottery, colorful Oaxacan wood carvings, and richly textured Zapotec rugs will brighten the venerable Mission San José at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park the first weekend in April, 2014. Pottery, carvings, and rugs will be available for sale, and this free event includes demonstrations of pottery forming, painting and woodcarving.

March 14, 2014
Women's History Month at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Presents "Secret Soldier"
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is proud to present “Secret Soldier” during Women’s History Month. "Secret Soldier" is based on “Rebel”, a feature length film about the life of Loreta Janeta Velazquez revealing her amazing secret life.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Creates
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 614,810 visitors to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in 2012 spent over $33 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 480 jobs in the local area.

December 05, 2013
Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment to Enhance Visitor Services and Rehabilitate the Cultural Landscape at Rancho de las Cabras.
The National Park Service (NPS) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing a proposal to rehabilitate the cultural landscape and further develop visitor services at the Rancho de las Cabras near Floresville, Texas.

November 19, 2013
More than 500 San Antonio Area High School Students Benefit from an “America’s Best Idea” Grant
Grant funds were used to support the education program, aptly named Mission R.E.A.C.H. (Recreation, Education, and Celebrating History). The program aimed to engage area high school seniors in a half-day activity-filled program bringing them to their local national park to help instill life-long stewardship of park resources.

April 24, 2013
World Heritage Week at the San Antonio Missions Starts April 27
San Antonio and Bexar County will be celebrating “World Heritage Week” from April 27-May 4. While there will be many activities throughout the week, the Missions of San Antonio World Heritage Advisory Committee is looking to enlist 25,000 supporters during the week.

August 22, 2012
San Antonio Community Leaders Launch “Quest for World Heritage Status”
The National Park Service, which maintains the majority of the Missions facilities, is leading the World Heritage application process, but the entire San Antonio community can play a part in this unique opportunity. A brand new website, www.MissionsofSanAntonio.org," was launched today to help facilitate information sharing and community involvement.

America The Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (formerly Golden Age, Access, and Eagle Passes)

Did You Know?

Spanish mission vaquero herding cattle.

that the first cattle drives originated from the (San Antonio) Spanish missions in Texas? Vaqueros drove hundreds of cattle, sheep, and goats to Louisiana during the American War for Independence to supply American colonists. Spain's real intent was to weaken the British militarily and financially.