A National Hispanic Heritage Month event returned for its second year — this time at The Sophienburg Museum & Archives for a celebration of culture, dancing and music with a powerful message at its core — preserving family lineage.
The theme for this year’s Fiestas Patrias Saturday was the history of Hispanic burial sites in New Braunfels, which was presented in an exhibit highlighting aging grave markers and how they were identified.
“We just want to promote the history, and the importance of saving the history because if we don’t do it (for) your own family, then nobody’s gonna get it,” researcher Sylvia Segovia said.
Segovia and several other researchers dug through records such as birth and death certificates, newspapers and photographs to piece together the lives of those slowly being erased by faded tombstones to rebuild their histories.
Researchers on the project, which was brought on by the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, found graves of Hispanic descendants in five city cemeteries — some in non-Hispanic cemeteries, which Segovia says is a misconception.
“What we wanted to show at this event was how early on and what cemetery they’re in, and that they did get buried in the city cemeteries, not just the two Hispanic cemeteries,” Segovia said.
By showcasing their work in an exhibit, which included a list of…