Fiesta del Grito de Independencia Committee Records
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In or about 1992, the Mexican Consulate approached the City of Austin with a proposal to partner in sponsoring an annual 16th de Septiembre celebration. The Consulate arranged for entertainers from Mexico to perform for the event and the City of Austin provided in-kind support for the logistics. The highlight then, as it is now, is the re-enactment of “El Grito” by the Consul General of Mexico.
The first two events were held outdoors in downtown Austin. The Consulate was located in a building across the street from the Driskill Hotel on Brazos and the event was held in that street. As the event grew, the need for a larger location was indicated, as well as the need for a planning and fund raising committee.
In 1994, then Austin Council Member Gus Garcia, recruited Roberto Chapa and Rosie Mendoza to work with him. Together they established the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation to be the fund raising arm and money depository for the event, and the Fiesta del Grito de Independencia Committee (sometimes shortened to Fiesta de Independencia Committee) to be responsible for planning the event and along with the City of Austin, for implementing the event. The first Chair of the Committee was Lala Niemeyer.
Accessed: 2012 August 1
The Fiesta del Grito de Independencia Committee Records consists of meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, to-do-lists, financial records, activity schedules, committee member lists, notes, flyers, posters, and programs, dating 1994 to 1996, that provide insight into how the annual 16 de Septiembre (Mexican Independence Day, Diez y Seis Celebration) celebration in Austin, Texas is planned and executed.
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Materials donated by the first Chair of the Fiesta del Grito de Independencia Committee.
Fiesta del Grito de Independencia Committee Records (AR.2012.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2012/046
Donation Date: 2012
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.
This small collection had no apparent original order. The items were organized by the processor by date with undated items placed at the end.
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