San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

October 8th, 2009
Hispanic Heritage Month going strong at LBJ museum


San Marcos Mayor Pro Tem Pam Couch issued a proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month to LBJ Museum representatives and descendents of Jose Policarpio “Polly” Rodriguez, a pioneer in the mid-19th Century Texas. Front row, left to right: Couch, John Navarrette, Becky Sierra, Pat Murdock, Debbie Smith and Teresa Schwartz. Back row, left to right: Ted Breihan, Ed Mihalkanin, Councilmembers Kim Porterfield and Chris Jones, Scott Jordan, Councilmember Gaylord Bose, Margie Villalpando, and Councilmembers Fred Terry and John Thomaides. Photo by Don Anders.

STAFF REPORT

The term “Hispanic Heritage Month” is a bit misleading. It certainly is a month long celebration, but the event spans the two months of September and October. It begins on Sept. 15, the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Sept. 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day. Sept. 18 is Chile’s.

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos is exhibiting “A Tejano Son of Texas,” for the entire Hispanic Heritage month, celebrating the life of Jose Policarpo “Polly” Rodriguez, who was, among other things, a scout, a Texas Ranger, a rancher and a preacher.

It is a fitting place for an Hispanic Heritage month remembrance.  LBJ first declared National Hispanic Heritage Week in September of 1968. It has since been expanded to a month-long celebration.

The exhibit was conceived by San Antonio-based Texastejano.com and tells the story of Rodriguez’s life from his birth in Cohuila y Tejas, Mexico, to his stint scouting for the U.S. military to his time as a Texas Ranger and on to his many other careers. There are at least 15 living descendants of the energetic Rodriguez in Hays County.

The museum’s hours are 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. Funding for the exhibit was provided by the San Marcos Minority Tourism Development Board.

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