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Friday, March 07, 2014

 Tejano Monument Inc. Donates $30,000 To Publicize Tejano History 

Tejano Monument, Inc. presents $3000 donation Special event announces online Tejano Handbook and invites public entries

The Tejano Monument, Inc. presented a $30,000 donation to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) during a special TSHA session announcing the initiation of the Tejano Handbook at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. The Tejano Handbook is an online publication of Tejano history that will be available to the public by December 2014. This donation was the last official contribution of Tejano Monument, Inc., which dissolved at the end of 2013.

At the March 6 session, TSHA announced its match of the donation, enabling funding of the $60,000 Tejano Handbook project. The session also included a call for expert contributors to begin submitting entries to be considered for publication in the authoritative, scholarly source. IBC Bank-Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez, who led the $1.3 million fundraising efforts for the Tejano Monument, proudly presented the check to the association.

“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for this historically significant project,” IBC Bank-Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez said. “This donation will go far in educating Texans about the rich history of Tejanos in Texas and the vital contributions they’ve made in this great state.”

While TSHA is soliciting scholarly contributions, all submissions will undergo a rigid review for accuracy before publishing. Contributions or questions can be submitted to Emilio Zamora, Ph.D. at e.zamora@austin.utexas.edu or by mail to:

Emilio Zamora, Professor Department of History University of Texas 128 Inner Campus Drive, B7000 Austin, Texas 78712-1739

“This handbook will source research and scholarly entries from the greatest historical minds in the state,” TSHA Fellow and Tejano Handbook co-author Andres Tijerina said. “This will be a resource educators and historians have been clamoring for.”

The Mission of the Tejano Monument is to emplace a monument on the Texas Capitol grounds to establish an enduring legacy that acknowledges and pays tribute to the contributions by Tejanos as permanent testimony of the Spanish-Mexican heritage that has influenced and is inherent in present-day Texas culture.