St. Mary’s Public History students to close Hispanic Heritage Month with Tobin Center screening

Film celebrates Tejano defenders of the Rio Grande

In a “Gran Final” of Hispanic Heritage Month, Public History students from St. Mary’s University will host “Tejano Defenders of the Rio Grande: a 150th Celebration” at the Tobin Center on Oct. 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Group photo of St. Mary's public history students

The free event celebrates Mexican-Americans’ defense of Mexico during the French Intervention in the 1860s. A 10-minute microdocumentary film, by St. Mary’s student Meagan Lozano, shines a spotlight on the life of Adrian Vidal, son of the prominent Kenedy-Vela family of South Texas.

The Moipei triplets will open the event by singing the national anthem, as they did before a Spurs playoff game last season. Please join us in commemorating Tejanos’ struggle and sacrifice in this sesquicentennial anniversary year. Free parking in public lots on Tuesday evenings; venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

The event is sponsored by St. Mary’s University and Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas. Special thanks to the O’Connor family of Victoria for supporting the research on which the student film is based and to the Tobin Center for supporting Hispanic Heritage Month and making this event possible.

For more information, please contact Teresa Van Hoy, Ph.D., St. Mary’s Associate Professor of History, at 210-602-5997 or

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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