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This week in the Hill Country


Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.cow
April 29, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Austin’s original fine arts festival and national juried art show Art City Austin builds on 65 years of success with an improved location, new programming and 200 local and nationally recognized artists and galleries. This year’s dates have been announced for Friday, April 29, 12:00PM – 6:00PM, Saturday, April 30, 10:00AM – 6:00PM and Sunday, May 1, 2016, 11:00AM – 6:00PM.

A Night in Old Mexico
Fredericksburg, April 28
The Symphony of the Hill presents their final concert of the 2015-16, A Night in Old Mexico: South of the Border Favorites, on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Selections include Copland: El Salon Mexico, Moncayo: Huapango, Creston: Night in Mexico, McBride: Mexican Rhapsody.


Yesterday’s News


Panna Maria

 1865    Josefina López de Ximenes, farmer and the first Mexican-American teacher in Wilson County, was born in Panna Maria, Texas. Her parents were immigrants from Mexico and Poland, respectively, and her father was a businessman in San Antonio and later in Panna Maria. Josefina attended area Catholic schools, where she was an excellent student. She graduated from the Floresville Academy and then taught there until her marriage in November 1893 to Manuel J. Ximenez, a deputy sheriff and United States deputy marshal in Wilson County. The couple had seven children. Josefina López de Ximenes became a teacher in Wilson County.

She was widowed in 1911 but was apparently able to provide for her family, probably as a farmer. She also ensured that they attend school, a difficult challenge for Texas Mexicans at that time. She successfully influenced them with her love of learning, for five of her children pursued teaching careers. She also encouraged the educational goals of her granddaughters, some of whom she raised. Evangelina Bazan, one of these, has recalled that López de Ximenes taught her to read in English and Spanish and urged her to attend college when she was still a child. Twenty-six descendants (!!) became teachers. Josefina López de Ximenes died on March 1, 1961, and was buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Floresville.

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