"Connecting Tejanos with their Past and with their Future" Lecture Series

Tejano: Defining the Mexican Heritage People of Texas

Saturday, January 18, 2020 10AM

Teatro's Cultural Arts Center


Dr. Jesus Francisco de la Teja

Dr. de la Teja explains that “Tejano” as a way to identify Mexican heritage population of Texas is a more recent phenomenon than most people think and has yet to find universal acceptance. This talk provides a brief history of how Texans of Mexican descent were identified within  Texas society generally from the 1830s onward, and how the term “Tejano” is finding its way into common usage.