(956) 727-0977 heritage@webbheritage.org

The Webb County Heritage Foundation will host a book-signing for Stacy B. Schaefer, author of Amada’s Blessings from the Peyote Gardens of South Texas, on Wednesday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza St. in Laredo. A presentation on the book by Dr. Schaefer will take place at 7 p.m.
Amada Cardenas, a Mexican-American woman from Los Ojuelos and Mirando City in South Texas, played a pivotal role in the little-known history of the peyote trade. She and her husband were the first federally licensed peyote dealers. They began harvesting and selling the sacramental plant to followers of the Native American Church (NAC) in the 1930s, and after her husband’s death, Mrs. Cardenas continued to befriend and help generations of NAC members until her death in 2005, just short of her 101st birthday. Author Stacey B. Schaefer, a close friend of Amada’s, spent 13 years doing fieldwork with this remarkable woman.
Books will be available for sale that evening.
For more information, please contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at (956) 727-0977.

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