Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña (SHP) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 1984, in San Antonio, with the objective of promoting and maintaining the Puerto Rican culture and traditions alive in the city. The organization also promotes personal and career development through scholarships offered to high school students interested in pursuing a higher education. The SHP is also committed to supporting the community at large by participating in civic endeavors in the city.
In 1988, our now traditional biennial Festival de Puerto Rico was established in commemoration of the discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493. This cultural event is now expected and welcomed as it brings together families from all across Texas in the spirit of celebration showcasing our rich culture, traditional art, food, and music. At times, musicians and artisans come directly from Puerto Rico to share their distinctive talents.
Other cultural events offered by SHP include art exhibits, piano concerts, presentation of folklore dance troupes and concerts with various performers, as well as, distinguished authors that come directly from the island.
Focusing on children, the first Sunday in January brings the Three Kings Day Celebration to downtown San Antonio where youngsters are exposed to how this festivity is celebrated in Puerto Rico. This includes making colorful crowns that are worn by the children during the dramatization of the manger scene where Los Tres Reyes make a surprise and solemn appearance distributing candies to the children.
To honor our commitment to promote personal and career development through scholarships to high school graduates interested in pursuing higher education, our scholarship program was established during the 1984—1985 school year. Currently, we are part of the compendium of organizations affiliated to Minnie Piper Foundation— Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House. Our organization usually awards four to six scholarships of $1000 each to graduating high school seniors every year. One open scholarship is awarded to a non—Puerto Rican student who meets the eligibility criteria plus has demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship Award Ceremony takes place in the Spring of each year.
SHP has participated in a variety of community outreach programs such as, Founders Day at Alamo Plaza, collaborated with Incarnate Word University in a Children’s Book Fair, Luminarias, participated the Battle of Flowers Parade and cruised on a barge during a Christmas River Parade. On a more charitable side, SHP formed a representational team for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, plus partakes in Family Services’ Adopt-a-Family Christmas campaign providing clothes, toys, home items and food for several families.
With over a population of over 25,000, the Puerto Rican community forms the second largest Hispanic group within the city and surrounding counties of San Antonio. Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña is a recognized permanent entity and a strong segment in the diverse cultural fiber of the city of San Antonio. With its robust cultural programs, growing educational component and steady community involvement, SHP is a valuable organization sharing the Puerto Rican experience to all.
La Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña es una corporación 501(c)3 sin fines de lucro. Fue fundada en San Antonio Texas, en el 1984, con el objetivo de promover y mantener la cultura y las tradiciones puertorriqueñas en esta ciudad. La organización también apoya el desarrollo personal y profesional, por lo cual otorga becas a estudiantes graduados de escuela superior con metas a obtener una educación universitaria. La Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña participa activamente en proyectos comunitarios de San Antonio.
LEGACY OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES 1984-2016
2016 15to Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, October 23, 2016.
2015 Fusion de Nuestra Cultura featuring Victoria Sanabria. Also presenting Raices de Arte Español and Orquesta Tabuko at the Aztec Theatre, November 1.
2014 14t0 Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, November 16. 2016.
2013 Literary Arts Festival & Exhibition: A Cultural Showcase with author Tina Casanova. Presented at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium.
2012 13ro Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, Live Oak Civic Center, November 11, 2012.
2011 ¡Asi Baila Puerto Rico! at the Villita Assembly Hall featuring vocalist Tony Vega.
2010 12d0 Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, Live Oak Civic Center, November 21, 2010.
2009 A Serenade to San Antonio concert with Puerto Rican tenor Antonio Barasorda. Accompanied by soprano singer Alfonsina Molinari and pianist Pedro Juan Jiménez.
2008 11ro Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, Live Oak Civic Center, November 23, 2008.
2007 Orquesta Jíbara – Maestro Modesto Nieves, cuatro player and his group Herencia Musical. Presented at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater.
2006 10mo Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 19, 2006.
2005 La Tuna de Cayey de Puerto Rico presented at the McAllister Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) San Antonio.
2004 9no Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 14, 2004.
2003 Cuerdas del Coquí Orchestra directed by Maestro Félix Rivera. Presented at the McAllister Auditorium. Co-sponsored by Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico
2002 8vo Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 17, 2002.
2001 Puerto Rican historian, Teodoro Vidal, presented a lecture of Latin American Art Focusing on Puerto Rican painter Jose Campeche at the San Antonio Museum of Art; Directly from Ponce, Puerto Rico, Los Vegigantes showcased El Carnaval de Ponce at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
2000 7mo Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 19, 2000. Dos Mujeres en Diálogo, a tribute to Puerto Rican composer Sylvia Rexach and poetess Julia de Burgos. Presented at the University of the Incarnate Word Auditorium. Directed by Juan Carlos Ramos.
1998 6to Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio with special guest Tony Croatto, singer and composer. La Villita Assembly Hall, November 22, 1998.
1996 5to Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 10, 1996
1995 Large exhibit of Puerto Rican Arts and Crafts at The University of Incarnate Word sponsored by Banco Gubernamental de Fomento Económico de Puerto Rico.
1994 4to Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 20, 1994. First Fiesta de Reyes Magos celebration, a gift to the children of San Antonio presented at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
1992 3ro Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 15, 1992.
1993 First exhibition of Puerto Rican Art in San Antonio Santos de Palo: Household Saints of Puerto Rico at the San Antonio Museum of Art; co-sponsored by the San Antonio Museum of Art.
1991 Puerto Rico en San Antonio dance at La Villita Assembly Hall; Concert by Puerto Rican Soprano, Adelaida Otazo Quinientos Años Después.
1990 2do Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 18, 1990.
1989 Pleneros de Puerto Rico, playing the typical Puerto Rican plena.
1988 1ro Festival de Puerto Rico en San Antonio, La Villita Assembly Hall, November 20,198. Second Debutante Ball; Borikén Folkloric Ballet at the Ruth Taylor Concert Hall, Trinity Univ.
1987 Hispanic Music Fantasia: The Golden Years. Piano Concert by the Ramos Brothers at the Carver Community Center.
1986 Puerto Rican Folkloric Ballet Gíbaro, directed by María Teresa Miranda.
1985 First Debutante Ball; Piano Concert by Puerto Rican Pianist Juan Carlos Ramos at the Beethoven Hall.
1984 Puerto Rican Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Centro de Artes del Mercado.
As part of our legacy, the Festival de Puerto Rico commemorating the Discovery of Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493, has been presented as a biennial event since 1988.
Our legacy also includes a yearly Three Kings Day celebration, La Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos dedicated to the children of San Antonio since 1994.
It is our deepest desire to continue celebrating and sharing our unique Puerto Rican culture with the community of San Antonio.