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Webb County Heritage Foundation Names ‘Rhapsody on the Rio’ Heritage Award Recipient Posted: 5/09/18

Webb County Heritage Foundation Names ‘Rhapsody on the Rio’ Heritage Award Recipient


Rhapsody on the Rio

The Webb County Heritage Foundation (WCHF)  has awarded a collaboration by the City of Laredo, KLRN-TV, and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) with its Luciano Guajardo Heritage Award for the  documentary video “Rhapsody on the Río.” 

"Rhapsody on the Río" has previously received the  2017 Lone Star Chapter Regional Emmy Award in the “Documentary-Topical” category.

A group of eight select honorees will receive the prestigious Heritage Awards at the Founders’ Day Luncheon on Saturday, May19 at 12 noon at the Laredo Center for the Arts. Each year, the WCHF recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and families that have contributed to the unique architectural and cultural heritage of Webb County.

This year’s celebration is focused on honoring historic businesses in the construction industry, and one of Laredo’s oldest businesses is being honored.Receiving the Historic Business Award is Villarreal Electric Co., Inc. which, celebrates 80 years of service to the community this year.

Other Heritage Award recipients are as follows:

Barbara González Cigarroa will receive the Jim Parish Award for Documentation and Publication of Local and Regional History for her new book, A Mexican Dream and Other Compositions.

The Preservation of Folklore, Customs, and Traditions Award will be presented to Gabriela Mendoza-García for her work in preserving our folk dancing traditions.

The Elizabeth Gill and Sam Johnson, III Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Jerry Thompson for his lifetime work in chronicling and promoting Laredo’s history. The City of Laredo’s Utilities Department will receive the Environmental Preservation Award for the creation of the new Laredo Water Museum.

The WCHF  says presenting these worthy recipients with Heritage Awards recognizes their services in preserving this region’s history, architecture, and cultural heritage.

For luncheon reservations or more information, please contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at 956.727.0977, or