Arts Coalition plans historic day trip to Goliad State Park Mission

Goliad State Park Mission (photo from Facebook)
Goliad State Park Mission (photo from Facebook)

Spend a day exploring the rich cultural heritage of Goliad, Texas, during a tour sponsored by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 7. Attendees will see the birthplace of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza, a legendary figure in the Battle of Puebla, also known as Cinco de Mayo.

The day kicks off bright and early when guests gather at 6 a.m. at the historic Cedar Crest House, one of the few remaining examples of Victorian-era architecture in Dallas, and a dedicated city landmark. Expect to return home by 11:30 p.m. after a full day of historical immersion.

“We’re excited to take our members to explore the birthplace of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza,” Sylvana Avila Alonzo, the group’s founder, says in a statement. “It is important that we share the history and culture of one of the most significant generals and battles of the Mexican army that is celebrated in Dallas and the US alike.”

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The tour will include a visit to the monument honoring Zaragoza, which was a gift from the Mexican government of the State of Puebla. Ticketholders will travel by passenger bus to the Goliad State Park Mission for a guided tour, visit Presidio La Bahia and hear a presentation by historian Dan Arellano. The day caps off with dinner and local folklore at a Goliad restaurant.

Tickets are $25 for coalition members, $40 for non-members and includes all meals. For tickets or more information, email oakcliffarts@gmail.com or call 214-957-9345.

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The tour is presented as a part of the coalition’s Tejano Life & Culture Program, which highlights the history of Spanish, Mexican and indigenous people.

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