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San Antonio Missions World Heritage Celebration Weekend

For better or worse — most likely for the much better — the San Antonio Missions have officially been named a World Heritage Site by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). What this means is that, alongside more than 1,000 other sites around the world (in 163 nations), our beloved smattering of Spanish missions has been deemed important in UNESECO’s admirable quest “to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world, considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.” This weekend, at and around the historic sites, all of San Anto is invited to celebrate and engage with the missions and their historical/cultural heft. Highlights of the family-friendly bonanza known as the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Celebration Weekend include a lecture on the life of the missionaries at Alamo Hall (Thursday), student art exhibits at Espada and San Juan (Friday), an art- and song-filled evening at Concepción (Friday), an archeology festival and the Official World Heritage Inscription ceremony on at Mission San José (Saturday), guided tours of Yanaguana trail and Acequia trail with the San Antonio River Authority at Mission San Juan (Saturday) and an outdoor mass with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller at Mission San José (Sunday).

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