Tricentennial Chronology and the Founding Events in the History of San Antonio and Bexar County
For the first time in over 70 years, a comprehensive chronology of the history of San Antonio was published as an official Tricentennial project of the History and Education Committee of the San Antonio 300 Tricentennial event with the intent of publishing its findings on a local governmental website where historical events may continue to be added to the 300-year history. The editorial team consisted of Robert Garcia Jr., Hector J. Cardenas, and Dr. Amy Jo Baker. Other committee members submitted some entries as well.
The appendix in this chronology is contributed thanks to the years of extensive research by author Robert Garcia Jr. It includes several first-time translated founding Spanish documents of our local missions and early settlers. It is hoped that this book will assist students, teachers, and those interested in Texas, Bexar County and San Antonio history, with a glimpse into the rich and dynamic happenings of this multi-cultural city.
About Robert Garcia, Jr.
Author of 16 compendiums on history of the 16 individual Canary Islander families to settle in San Antonio in 1731; “Tejano Participants in the Texas Revolution of 1835-1836”; “Descendants of the Alferez, Francisco Hernandez” and a family history of Francisco Xavier Chavez. Most recently co-author of “Tricentennial Chronology and the Founding Events in the History of San Antonio and Bexar County”.
He has been married to his wife of 47 years, Sylvia and is the father of two adult children, Steven, a computer engineer and Dr. Priscilla Garcia Wellmeyer, a physician in Houston, Texas.
About Amy Jo Baker, Ed.D.
Dr. Amy Jo Baker, a sixth generation Texan, retired from the San Antonio ISD after 40 years of service as a high school teacher, Federal Programs Officer, and Director of Social Studies. A graduate of Trinity University (BA; M.Ed) and Nova Southeastern University (Ed.D), she wrote, and SAISD received, over 6 million dollars in highly competitive public and private national grants including four Teaching American History Grants and extensions for years four and five to improve academic achievement and the study of U.S. History in schools. She conceptualized and coordinated several summer field trips to historic sites across the United States to engage teachers on site to improve history education. Additionally, she has written several federal and state compensatory grants.
About Hector J. Cardenas:
Founding member and past president of the Monticello Park Neighborhood Association, Founding Member of Fredericksburg Road Revitalization and Design Team (Now the Deco District), past board member of The Midtown on Blanco CDC, President of Alta Vista Neighborhood for 1997, 1999, 2007 & 2008, Founding member and President of The Friends of San Pedro Springs Park, Past President of The Burned Out Survivors’ Fund, former member of the VIA Citizen Advisory Council, Past Board President UU Housing Assistance Corporation, Active Member and former board member of The San Antonio Conservation Society, Charter & Active Member of San Antonio Founders Day Alliance, former member to the U.S. Selective Service Commission and a lifetime member of VFW Post 76, served as a board member of the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Board in 2008-2009. Past president and member of the Edgewood Alumni Association, member of the Edgewood Veterans Association, Past Chairman, founding and active volunteer of the San Antonio Fire Museum Society. City Council District 1 appointee to Tricentennial Commission in 2016. Commissioner Bexar County Historical Commission 2019.