Our mission statement: “To bring early Texas history to life”.
Our motto: “Texas history without Tejanos is like a story with no beginning.”
Our goal: “To have Texas history taught in a seamless manner from 1519 to the present.”
About the Founder:
Mr. Jose Antonio (Joe) Lopez was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. USAF Veteran.
He served over 37 years in military/Federal Service. When he retired on January 1, 2000, he held a senior civilian management position at the U.S. Air Education/Training Command, Randolph AFB, TX. He and his wife now reside in Universal City, Texas.
Mr. Lopez is a descendant of Don Javier Uribe and Dona Apolinaria Bermudez de Uribe, one of the families accompanying Don Jose de Escandon into what is now South Texas in the mid-1700s.
He is married to the former Cordelia Jean “Cordy” Dancause of Laredo. They have one daughter, Brenda Jo Gainey.
Mr. Lopez has college degrees from Laredo Jr. College and Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. He earned a Master's Degree in Education.
He is the author of two books: "The Last Knight (Don Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Uribe, A Texas Hero)", and "Nights of Wailing, Days of Pain (Life in 1920s South Texas)". Both are published by the Xlibris Corporation.
Today, Mr. Lopez conducts presentations at school campuses throughout South Texas teaching students, teachers, and staff about pre-1836 Spanish Mexican Texas history. Although an early Texas history writer at heart, Mr. Lopez has also written a number of newspaper articles on socio-political issues and current events that affect Spanish-surnamed citizens in the Southwest.
His hobbies are many; they include writing, poetry, genealogy, history, jogging, gardening, landscaping, cooking, archeology, and rock collecting.
He volunteers in his community.
About Miss Cordy (Very Able Assistant):
Cordy is a St. Augustine High School graduate. "Go Knights!". She has spent about 30 years working with children in various learning settings.
She recently retired from the Judson Ind. School District. For the last 20 years of her very successful career, she worked as a certified para professional, concentrating in special education.
She is the TLC chief editor and scheduler. She is also responsible for setting up and putting away Tejano Learning presentation equipment and static displays.
Cordy enjoys gardening, cooking, walking, and spending time with her three dogs and two cats.