Alejandra Garza

Alejandra Garza

Friday, 15 June 2018 00:24

Returning to My Roots

Hello everyone! I’m Alejandra and this summer I am the Multimedia Outreach Intern at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. How did I get here? Well, let me tell you. As a product of the Texas public school system, I have had my fair share of Texas history courses. Texans learn about the unique history of this state in fourth and seventh grades.

This summer I am the Multimedia Outreach Intern at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. I’m working in the Department of Interpretation under the Visual Information Specialist for the park Justine Hanrahan. What all these terms mean is that I am working with the department responsible for telling the history and narrative of the park.

When someone mentions the National Park Service, the first ones that come to mind are Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone. They are parks where visitors are immediately immersed in the wonders of nature. On the other hand, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is six minutes from downtown San Antonio and each of the four missions is situated in a neighborhood. Yet, Missions NHP still has plenty of nature to offer and is dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainability.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, like many national parks, is unique in so many ways. The missions stand as a reminder of the native peoples who were converted to Spanish citizens 300 years ago.  However, the most interesting piece of its history is that it is the first, and only, place within the National Park System to operate jointly with a religious organization and have active parishes.

Friday, 10 August 2018 23:55

Adiós a las misiones

This summer was an amazing experience and I could not have asked for a better park! I learned so much as the Multimedia Outreach Intern at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. The Missions was the perfect place for me to spend my summer and the projects challenged me professionally.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 19:47

Alejandra Garza

Alejandra Garza is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a PhD in History, with a portfolio in Mexican American Latin@ Studies. She received her B.A. in History from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with a minor in journalism. Alejandra’s upbringing in South Texas inspired her research of vaqueros and historical memory, which will be the focus of her doctoral dissertation. Through her research, she hopes to show how everyday people live incredible lives which contribute to the larger history of a region.   She believes that the extraordinary lies within the seemingly ordinary. Alejandra is excited to contribute to the cultural understanding of the San Antonio Missions and continue to educate the public about the history. She feels that LHIP further helped her facilitate her goals of being a public historian. Furthermore, Alejandra worked in an environment she’s dreamed of since visiting the Missions during her fourth grade field trip.