The Castro Colonies Heritage Association pays tribute to the history of Castroville, Quihi, Vandenburg (New Fountain), D’Hanis, and all of Medina County, Texas. The initial trip to the motherland was the brainchild of Msgr. Larry Stuebben and was executed by Barbara Tondre-El Zorcani. In 1975 twenty-eight American-Alsatians set out for the motherland. The following year, 180 Alsatians returned the favor by traveling to Castroville, Texas. This cultural exchange of long-lost families blossomed into an annual Tour D’Alsace, the establishment of sister cities, and more stories than you might imagine.