Monday, March 26, 2018

Birthday Celebration a Success!

Everything went just as planned.  The rain held off and we had
a marvelous time.  Our program included the Welcoming of everyone and introduced dignitaries that were present.  Then the
President of Friends of Casa Navarro spoke also welcoming 
everyone present.  She acknowledged the descendants that 
were there and mentioned all the things they would be seeing
when they went on to the Casa Navarro grounds.  A proclamation was read by a city official and then a Jose Antonio Navarro costumed man spoke also welcoming everyone to this Birthday party.  He said I am 223 years old.  "Not bad for an old man." 
Next our guest speaker from Bastia, Corscia, Dr. Charles Balesi, was introduced he made a small speech.  Later the youth choir
sang Happy Birthday to Jose Antonio Navarro and the cake was

There were interactive exhibits for people to enjoy.  Some of
them were.  Wood carving of tools used in the early 1800's,
We had costumed Buffalo soldier there as well as a costumed Mexican Army soldier.  A 5 year old girl royalty all decked out in her beautiful dress,  with a sash around her chest and a lovely sparkling crown on her head dropped by and dazzled everyone who saw her.  We had a photographer taking old photos of people and there was demonstrations of weaving in one of the rooms at the Casa.  In what is known as the timeline room was were our speaker,
Dr. charles Balesi spoke about Angel Navarro's travel from Corsica to America.  The museum had a special display of this route on display along with artifacts of the time period in a room in the Casa.

Our membership table did real well.  We signed up many
new members.  Manning the table were Sandy Westbrook 
and Dolores Tamez.  They had our 300th medal for Jose Antonio Navarro available for sale and sales were good.
We also have T-shirts available if anyone is interested you can
contact me or anyone in the Friends organization.

We had over 200 people in attendance.  I manned the geneology table, which was a big hit with the attendees.  I met many new descendants.  At least 6 Tobin's, 1 Muldoone cousin and I talked
to many other descendants from Angel Navarro and Josefa
Ruiz.  The helpers at my table where Herlinda Ramos, and
Joan Tapia all descendants in our lines.  We were able to field
and answer questions throughout the event about Navarro, Ruiz, 
Flores and other lines.  

From one of the Tobin men I learned who the unknown lady standing next to me in the photo, which is on the fireplace in the time line room of the museum.  That photo was taken the day the Navarro house, now Casa Navarro Historic National Landmark, was saved for posterity. He told me he was also in the photo and
pointed to himself and then he pointed to the unknown lady and
said that the lady in question was his mother Lilly Tobin-Guerra.  At last a name to the faces that we had no identity on as of that date.

I saw so many cousins that I have been corresponding with for years, and so many that support the Casa and are there every chance they can. 

We thank all of you for attending and hope you had a wonderful time.

I hope you saw some of the photos that were posted on Facebook
under my name Carol Cieszinski.  Perhaps you can find them.
I will see if I can get one or two to post here soon. 

If I missed you there you can always contact me through this
website.  There is a subscribe area at the bottom of the page or
you can just email me at

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Event was great! Hope you were there.

I tried to visit with as many people as I could.  My table was
busy with on lookers many of them were descendants which made
me very happy.  I had plenty of material handouts for them to
take home.  I hope I will hear from some of them soon.

There were request like, "Where can I get a copy of the
Proclamation that was read that day?"  I am still looking into
that, as I have been away in Tuscan, AZ with family for 10days.
I know that many photos of the event were posted on Facebook.
Those of you that are on my friends should have seen some of

I have photos of the saving of the Casa Navarro back in 1960.
If anyone is interested in receiving one just write to me.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Want to help at the event?

We need volunteers to help with various areas for that day.  Please contact me if you are interested in doing this.

JAN Fiesta Medal now available.

Getting closer to the big celebration.  Our fiesta medal for
Jose Antonio Navarro is beautiful don't you think.  If you'd like
to purchase one you can do so through me.  Otherwise we will have them available at the membership table, which will be next to where I will be at the genealogy table.  Look forward to seeing you all.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Fiesta Medal for Jose Antonio Navarro

Hello everyone!  The Tricentennial 2018 medal for the Friends for Casa Navarro are here.  You can purchase one from me or at our
upcoming event at Casa Navarro for $15.00 each.

Here is a link to our Friends organization for you to view.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Helpful Information for Navarro Celebration February 24th

Some of you are inquiring about how to navigate the websitesite.

Here are the instructions once you are in
Event Partners
Date (Type February)
↳The Journey Continues…The Corsican Connection

Additional information for the day of the event.
  • Surface parking lots will cost approx. $5.00
  • Handi-cap parking will be free in surface lots and on the street at parking meters
  • You are encouraged to dress in period costume

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Get ready for an exciting year 2018

I can't believe it has been a year since I began my Navarro/Ruiz family blog.  I am happy to have this platform to share my passion with you.  I hope you have enjoyed my past post and look forward to more news about these two families as the year progresses.  I will let you know when I am planning a meeting at the library to you can come and be part of this learning experience.

I am so looking forward to all the celebrations that our city is planning for 2018!  The website is  It has a calendar which will help you see all that is going on that day.  The
celebration for this year started off with a big bang, with our New Years Eve celebration at Hemisphere Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas.  There was live entertainment and festivities, which started at 4 pm that day, and culminated with an amazing fireworks display.

The next celebration is February 24th, which will be our day to shine.  We begin the birthday celebration for Jose Antonio Navarro at 10 am at the Casa Navarro at 228 S. Laredo St.  The Corsican delegation will be part of these doings. I will be there at a table marked genealogy, right next door will be a membership table for our organization, the Friends of Casa Navarro.  Please come over and visit with me.  I will have some fabulous things to share with you.  This is the first year that a genealogical table will be at these festivities.  Here is your opportunity to ask those nagging questions or get some information you have always wondered about.

Your participation is welcomed, bring the family and a friend or two.