San Antonio Tlayacapan celebrated the publication of a history book about the town with a lively ceremony Saturday, June 22 at the central plaza.
Festivities surrounding the public presentation of “San Antonio Tlayacapan, Recorriendo Su Historia” started with a colorful purification and dance ritual performed by Danza Azteca San Judas honoring the pueblo’s indigenous roots.
Victoria Corona Vega, president of the historical preservation non-profit organization Acalli, and San Antonio Delegado Ramiro Renteriá Silva, headed the podium to introduce the 134-page tome that delves into the town’s ancestral origins, historical sites, social order, trades, art and culture, traditional festivities and prominent personalities.
Two readings from the text included a chapter on the now-defunct brick-making industry and a short profile of Peter Lilley, the Englishman who settled in San Antonio in the 1930s and eventually wrote about life at lakeside in that era in “Village in the Sun” and “House in the Sun,” published under the pen name Dane Chandos.
Complimentary copies of the history book were handed out to inhabitants who contributed to its contents by sharing memories and oral histories with the editorial committee. The book may be purchased at Súper de Laura, a grocery shop located on Calle Independencia, across the street from the Delegación office. Proceeds from the cover price of 150 pesos will go towards the community museum project promoted under the wing of Acalli.