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Special Collections Participates in Castroville Founders’ Day

September 30, 2019

On September 14th Castroville (The Little Alsace of Texas) celebrated the 175th anniversary of its founding.  Among the features at the day-long event were food, crafts, performances, tours, historical displays and reenactments.  At the invitation of the Landmark Inn State Historic Site, we displayed our photographs of Castroville in the millhouse at the historic property.

The nucleus of our sizable collection of Castroville images was assembled for the French exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures (Texas Pavilion) at HemisFair’68.  Subsequently, numerous local families shared their photos through loans or by participating at several photographic copy clinics conducted in Medina County in the 1990s.  In addition to those from private collections, our San Antonio Light Collection contains photographs taken for feature stories on Castroville.


Juli Favor, Special Collections volunteer, describes the photo collections at the display in the 1854 Haass-Quintle Mill.





















(Left to right) Les Tschirhart, Patricia Haass Tschirhart, and Olin Karm, descendants of Castroville pioneers, provide additional information for our catalog records.


Lacy Hans Bishop discovers a photograph of her great-grandfather, Harry Hans, in his butcher shop in Castroville.


Kathleen Wood, from Rio Medina, holds a photo of the wagon train that passed through Castroville on the way to San Antonio for the world premiere of “The Last Command,” in 1955. The photo brought back memories of that day when one of the movie stars asked Kathleen, then in elementary school, to sit beside him in one of the wagons.


Next to the photo display, Frank Marasco, a UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures volunteer interpreter, explains corn shucking, shelling, and milling.


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