Laredo (Webb County)
Laredo Center for the Arts & the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center Are A Must See in Webb County!
We began our day at the historic Laredo Center for the Arts in downtown Laredo. Rick Villarreal, TTTR Board Member and Director of the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, was our host.
After enjoying coffee and pastries, we boarded a city trolley to take us to the campus of the Laredo Community College where we toured the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center. Again, Rick Villarreal served as our tour guide as we rode through the streets of Laredo.
Tom Miller of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center was our host and tour guide during our visit to what was originally the site of historic Fort McIntosh. The Center is today a mini-zoo featuring many species of animals and plants that are typical of the area.
Mr. Miller led us on an interesting and informative tour of the facility that included viewing javelina, a bobcat and a coyote in their natural habitat plus various fish and reptiles. A highlight of the tour was the sight of Lane Hollingsworth, our Regional Coordinator, with a live bull snake wrapped around his neck!
Following the tour, we enjoyed a dance performance by members of the Laredo Community College Ballet Folklorico group.
We returned to the Laredo Center for the Arts for lunch and our business meeting.
After a wonderful chocolate cake dessert, we viewed two educational films. Rick Villarreal, Director of the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum and an El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Board Member, introduced the film titled “On the Road to Partnerships”, the story of this Trail, produced by the National Park Service.
Margarita Araiza of the Webb County Heritage Foundation then introduced the film titled “Passport to History” featuring the history of Fort McIntosh, produced by the Webb County Heritage Foundation.
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