The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center invites you to Paseo por el Westside, a historic and cultural preservation community gathering on the Westside of San Antonio. This event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Rinconcito de Esperanza at 816 S. Colorado St., San Antonio TX 78207 from 9am to 3pm.
Our Paseo por el Westside event is one of hundreds of events happening around the country in honor of Historic Preservation Month. We partner with various community groups and the local Office of Historic Preservation in an effort to recognize a part of San Antonio that is largely underserved and unrecognized as worthy of preservation.
In addition to performances, community members will have the opportunity to take walking tours through the Westside, attend workshops, demonstrations and watch performances which will include: Conjunto Heritage Taller, Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Azul Barrientos, and Panfilo’s Güera (Belen Escobedo). Workshops/demos include Chile Peppers: Names, Ways to Cook and Tasting con Blanca Rivera, Tracing Family Roots using Library Resources: Genealogy with Sylvia Reyna, Medicinal Plants and Their Uses, children’s songs and games with Adriana Netro and so much more!
The whole family is invited whether they were born and raised in the Westside or simply enjoys cultural festivities honoring San Antonio’s heritage! This event is intergenerational at the core with activities for all ages. If you can, please bring camping or folding chairs along to setup at our seating area! Admission is free and open to the public.
Mi Barrio No Se Vende
This year’s theme Mi Barrio No Se Vende seeks to highlight the nationwide housing crisis that significantly impacts low income communities like the westside. Housing has become inaccessible to many, pushing people beyond the city limits or even on the streets. We must question the policies and actions that perpetuate this crisis, affecting already vulnerable communities. We strive to work in community to create strong, supportive, and proactive strategies to halt the gentrification of the Westside. As downtown expands into our barrio, we must protect our neighborhood from becoming unaffordable and inaccessible to our community.
Esperanza has a strong history of preserving buildings and promoting historic and cultural preservation in San Antonio. From trying to Save La Gloria to the Univision Building, Lerma’s, Casa Maldonado and Hays St. Bridge. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center has been at the forefront on issues involving historic and cultural preservation relating to the working class communities of San Antonio.
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9am & 10am: Neighborhood Tour: History, Culture, Architecture and Politics – Join us for a walking tour of the Esperanza’s En Aquellos Tiempos Fotobanner street museum with stops at the Guadalupe Theater, and other Westside locales!
All day: Rinconcito de Esperanza Tour – Learn about the different buildings on our property, which include Casa de Cuentos, Casita, MujerArtes Studio, and Ruben’s Ice House that will soon become el Museo del Westside!

1. Chiles/Peppers: Varieties, Cooking Methods, and Tasting
2. Tracing Family Roots using Library Resources: Genealogy with Sylvia Reyna
3. Searching for Your House’s History using Library Resource with Sylvia Reyna
4. Clay Demos with MujerArtes 5. Still Here: Homenaje al Westside de San Antonio (storytelling & book signing)
6. Traditional Children’s Songs + Games Workshop 7. Medicinal Plant Station with Jacinto Madrigal (plants will be for sale!)
8. Medicinal Herb Walk with Margarita Elizarde (bring your own herbal remedy recipes to
share with community!)
9. Cascaron Making Station
10. Children’s Games Station
11. Washboard Demo with Imelda DeLeon
12. Stilts Station
13. Latino Collections – San Antonio Public Library
14. Office of Historic Preservation 15. Loteria
PERFORMANCES 10am: Conjunto: Barrio Music, Identity, & Vision with Juan Tejeda 11am: Conjunto Heritage Taller 12pm: Las Tesoros de San Antonio: Beatriz Llamas & Blanca Rodriguez 1pm: Azul Barrientos 2pm: Panfilo’s Güera (Belen Escobedo)

1. MujerArtes – Esperanza’s women’s clay cooperative
2. Mary Agnes Rodriguez – paintings, pins, clay artwork, and more
3. Pearl Sánchez – mixed media work, greeting cards, prints, vintage clothes, and more
4. Guadalupe Segura – crochet and recycled artwork and accessories; will have demos of flowers made out of recycled materials at her vendor booth