Heritages get their day(s)
Rockdale Reporter - April 28. 2016
The past was on display at several downtown venues Thursday through Saturday for the
first annual Heritage Days celebration.
The city library, I&GN Depot Museum and Wolf Park were sites for speeches, music,
exhibitions and food, while a Friday bus tour of the El Camino Real (ECR) National
Historic Trail left from the Chamber of Commerce rock house.
Historian Dr. Jesus De La Teja kicked off the weekend Thursday urging that Texas history
be taught as more than the traditional Travis-Crockett-Bowie approach.
Rockdale’s own Susie Sansom Piper spoke Friday at Sho Nuff Soul Food.
Presentations at the library covered Native American, Tejano and Wendish contributions.
There were also presentations on the ECR trail and conservation of “family treasures.”
Free hobo stew, archery, blacksmithing and other demonstrations were on tap at the
The Communities in Concert Band, deejay music and plenty of crafts and food were on tap
across the street at Wolf Park.
Walking tours of historic Rockdale were offered. Sponsors of Heritage Days were Friends
of the Library, the Milam County Historical Commission, the Rockdale Chamber of
Commerce, the Rockdale Downtown Association and the Rockdale Historical Society