If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.
As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."
The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history. In World War I and II, American forces needed to communicate secrets to one another. The problem was the enemy understood their language.
"The Germans were very good at English and also good at cryptography and breaking codes," said the exhibit’s curator, Dr. William Meadows.
“I think many people still think of us as a beloved icon, which we are, which we love, which we love being,” she said. “However, I think to some of the challenges we have is -- as you know, ITC was created in 1968 and many people still have that image of us of being stuck, for lack of a better term, in 1968."
Six possible rail routes have been proposed in VIA's new streetcar proposal. $210 million is the number VIA has to work with, and according to the San Antonio Express-News only two of the proposed routes fit the bill which could ranges from $182 million to $272 million.
Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.
Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.
Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.
Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.
If you're looking for a quiet activity to wrap up Spring Break, think about hoofing it downtown to the Institute of Texan Cultures for the "Head to Foot" exhibit. You'll find an array of shoes, boots, hats and spurs of famous — and inspiring — Texans, which tell their unique Lone Star State stories.
There are the mud-caked boots optimistically worn by Kinky Friedman during his run for governor.