Gilmore to be honored at trail meeting

Plans are under way for the third Annual Membership Meeting of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, according to Steven Gonzales, Executive Director of the Association.

The meeting will be held at Apache Pass near Rockdale on Oct. 21. An association board meeting is scheduled for Apache Pass the next day, according to Dr. Lucile Estell, spokesperson.

Dr. Estell said at this year’s association meeting, the late Dr. Kathleen Kirk Gilmore will be honored for her research at the mission sites located in the general area of Apache Pass.

Her research resulted in a listing in the National Register for the San Xavier complex. She last visited the site early in 2009.

HISTORIAN— Speaking at the morning session will be State Historian Dr. Jesus De La Teja from Texas State University.

“Dr. De La Teja is a recognized expert in the colonial history and the mission era in Texas,” Dr. Estell said. Other speakers will be announced at a later date.

Participants in this meeting will also have opportunity to explore Apache Pass, including the historic Worley Bridge.

“There will be a hay ride to a nature trail, storytelling and other events,” Dr Estell said. “Indians will be at the site to tell stories of the Indians and perform authentic dances.”

She said Chief Rufus Davis, leader of the Adais Caddo nation near Natchitoches, Louisiana, will attend.

PHOTO EXHIBIT— The day will conclude with the opening of a National Park Service photographic exhibit featuring photographs made all along the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. in the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library in Rockdale, This is the second site in the state to receive this exhibit.

There is no charge for any event.

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