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Presidio La Bahia hires new assistant director

By BY SARA SNEATH - SSNEATH@VICAD.COM
Feb. 24, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2014 at 8:25 p.m.

Scott McMahon

WHEN IS IT?

The annual reenactment of the Goliad Massacre will be March 29-30 at the Presidio LaBahia.

Presidio La Bahia has hired a new assistant director, with plans for him to eventually take over the operation of the historical fort.

Two years ago, Presidio La Bahia hired an assistant director, but the situation did not work out, said Newton W. Warzecha, director of Presidio La Bahia.

"At some time in the future - and the future can be a long time - I will be retiring," Warzecha said. "It was decided by our advisory board that we bring in someone to get familiar with what we do and to expand upon what we do so we can try to bring more visitors to Goliad."

As the new assistant director, Scott McMahon will assume a lot of duties that the director has been doing for the last 22 years, Warzecha said.

McMahon, 37, has nine years experience in the heritage tourism field, according to a Presidio La Bahia news release.

For the past seven and a half years, McMahon has been a historical interpreter with Texas Parks and Wildlife at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, according to the news release.

McMahon said he has more than 20 years experience in reenactments of different time periods. McMahon is in the planning stages of a reenactment of the Spanish soldiers who manned the Presidio La Bahia fort in the late 18th to early 19th century, he said.

"I'm thrilled. Scott is a great person. We are very lucky to find a person with his abilities," Warzecha said of McMahon coming on board. "Hopefully, he will eventually be running the place."

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