To bring Bexar County’s past into the digital realm accessible to present and future generations, UTSA presented its Phase II results of a collaboration with the Bexar Heritage and Parks Department—The Seed of Texas: An Interactive Exploration of Bexar County History.
The ambitious initiative was originally conceived to commemorate the 2018 San Antonio Tricentennial celebration. The website serves as an educational resource for the community, including K-12 schools, colleges, researchers, and the tourism industry.
According to UTSA Today, “The Seed of Texas capabilities are unique. The project promotes the use of technology in researching and publishing within the social sciences, especially in its adaption of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the past. It has allowed UTSA to be a local leader in this field.”
Another goal of the program is to bridge future collaborations between the university and city government, with the current partnership benefiting from the technical expertise of Bexar County’s GIS Team, including final editing, publishing, and hosting. The result provides greater opportunities to easily access the City’s rich history for broader audiences. “For more than 300 years, Bexar County has been at the heart of Texas history,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff told UTSA Today. . “This unique program allows us to access our rich, layered history like we never have before.”
Information for the portal will span from 1821 through 1877 and will feature historical insight such as San Fernando burial records, immigration data, and visual biographies spotlighting notable regional figures. Audiences will gain access to a spectrum of historical facts, offering a more complete picture of the people and events that shaped Bexar County to date.
Jessica Nowlin, principal investigator for UTSA’s Center for Archeological Research (CAR and several colleagues) will present the proposal to Phase III forthcoming and highlight historical events from 1877 to 1945 when San Antonio became a bustling and more vibrant city.