Tehuacana Heritage Festival honors Trinity’s early beginnings
by Allison Carr '21 and Margaret Miller
Trinity throwback event! Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, to attend the first Tehuacana Heritage Festival celebrating 150 years of Trinity University. The festival will commemorate 150 years of higher education and showcase Trinity’s impact on the Tehuacana area. Guests will enjoy featured speakers, food, music, historic tours, and more.
At the time Trinity was founded, Tehuacana Hills was an hour by horse and carriage from the nearest station on the Central Railroad. An appointed committee chose the small town “for its healthfulness, supplied with an abundance of living water, surrounded with a beautifully romantic scenery and fertile country … and free from the temptations to vice abounding in the various towns of the country” (1869 Trinity University Catalogue). Trinity opened its doors on Sept. 23, 1869, to just five students, but by the end of the school year, enrollment was around 100. For the first few years, elementary, grammar, and high school students from the small village filled the classes, along with college students, who instructed the younger students and whose tuition paid the bills. At the turn of the century, seeking access to greater financial and cultural resources, Trinity relocated to Waxahachie in 1902 and then, in 1942, to San Antonio.
On Oct. 4-5, festival-goers will be treated to “The Pride of Limestone County” Community Voices Concert and a host of activities, from pumpkin carving and wagon rides to presentations by historians and a silent auction. Dining options include a barbeque cookout, box lunches, and a fish fry fundraiser. A campus bonfire featuring songs from 1870-1900 will round out the festivities.
Tehuacana is located 220 miles northeast of San Antonio.
Make plans to attend and see the complete schedule at Tehuacana.com.