Special Exhibit: Mission Espiritu Santo in the TPWD Era
A Legacy of Remembrance
Jul 01, 2013 08:00 AM
Jul 09, 2013 05:00 PM Every day until Jul 31, 2013
|Where||Goliad State Park & Historic Site|
|Contact Phone||(361) 645-3405|
Come celebrate the modern renewal of Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga! A special exhibit entitled “Mission Espiritu Santo in the TPWD Era” will be on display at Goliad State Park July 1 through July 31. This exhibit celebrates 30+ years of hard work and dedication by members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in preserving Mission Espiritu Santo for the future.
Mission Espiritu Santo has experienced three different eras – the Spanish Colonial Era, the Civilian Conservation Corps Era, and the TPWD Era. After it’s first use during Spanish Colonial times the old mission was abandoned in 1830 and sadly, the buildings fell into decline. One hundred years later the CCC came to the old mission’s rescue and restored Espiritu Santo to it’s former glory. But this renewal was not to last - after the CCC left in 1941 time began to take its toll, and the buildings once again fell into forlorn neglect. But in the 1970s the employees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stepped up to the challenge and began the task of once again reviving Mission Espiritu Santo. The buildings of the mission were repaired, the chapel was painted and furnished to return it to the look of the 1700s, and a museum dedicated to the Spanish Colonial and CCC Eras was created. Camping facilities within Goliad State Park were also improved for the benefit of local residents and travelers. By the early 1980’s Mission Espiritu Santo was returned to its original glory. But the work did not stop there! In the years that followed, ongoing upkeep, physical improvements, preservation work, and dogged determination by TPWD in the face of adversity have kept this old mission standing proud. The employees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invite the public to come join us as we celebrate Mission Espiritu, alive and vibrant in the 21st Century!