Women's History Month at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Presents "Secret Soldier"

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Date: March 14, 2014

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is proud to present "Secret Soldier" during Women's History Month at the Visitor Center at Mission San José, 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214. This film will be shown daily at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. free of charge through the end of March.

Secret Soldier is based on "Rebel", a feature length film about the life of Loreta Janeta Velazquez revealing her amazing secret life. During the American Civil War, a teenager from Cuba via New Orleans, she served under the alias of 'Harry Buford' and fought in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and became a secret agent for the Confederacy. When Loreta published her memoir in 1876 using her real name, she caused a sensation. For over a century, critics have dismissed her as a hoax. But contemporary historians have uncovered indicating she, and he, did exist.

In support of the American Latino Heritage Initiative, the National Park Service worked with the American Latino Heritage Fund, PBS, and Maria Carter Agui, filmmaker, in the production of the documentary "Rebel". As part of Rebel, the National Park Service commissioned Secret Soldier for use as an education piece, along with a new website that hosts bonus education shorts on women soldiers, women's roles in the Civil War, and lesson plans. To request a free online copy of Secret Soldier and to download free additional educational materials, go to: rebeldocumentary.com.

For more information on this event or about San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and other programs presented, please call (210) 932-1001.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was established in 1978 to preserve, restore, and interpret the Spanish colonial missions of San Antonio, which represent the largest concentration of cultural resources from the Spanish colonial period in the United States. For more information about the National Park Service and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park please visit our web site at www.nps.gov/saan. For more information about our friends group, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, visit www.loscompadres.org. We are also on Facebook under San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

Did You Know?

Spanish mission vaquero herding cattle.

that the first cattle drives originated from the (San Antonio) Spanish missions in Texas? Vaqueros drove hundreds of cattle, sheep, and goats to Louisiana during the American War for Independence to supply American colonists. Spain's real intent was to weaken the British militarily and financially.

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