Schedule of Events & Venues

The Menger Hotel.Welcome to San Antonio. If you arrive by plane, go through the front doors of the terminal, and call an Uber or take a cab (around $30 for an easy 15-minute ride) to the Menger Hotel.  It’s a historic hotel in an excellent location. On one side is the Alamo, on the other is the enclosed River Center Mall which includes a Sea Life San Antonio Aquarium, and a block in front of you is the famed River Walk. Upon arrival, stretch your legs, jump in the pool, or relax in the plant-filled patio.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Board of Trustees will meet during the day on Wednesday, May 15, and that evening we will all gather for a cocktail buffet followed by our traditional fund-raising Fun Auction. This is a time to reconnect and/or make new friends. Bob Hopper is requesting manuscripts to be sold; Ed Bomsey will be our auctioneer.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

On Thursday, May 16, we will board our chartered bus to go behind the scenes of some of San Antonio’s historic sites. We begin The Bexar County Archives Building where we will see documents from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library and from the Spanish Archives. We are truly fortunate to have access to both collections as they are seldom exhibited!

Outdoor seating at Casa Rio restaurant.

Following this, with the sponsorship of a Board of Trustees member we will head to the Army Post of Fort Sam Houston, the site of several museums and collections. First, lunch on the Quadrangle. On the Fort are AMEDD, the Army Medical Department Museum, which has everything from horse drawn ambulances to iron lungs, and the Quadrangle Museum which covers San Antonio’s long history as “Military City.” Our guides are Dr. Bryan Howard and Jacqueline Davis of the Museums. Some may prefer to spend time outside with the peacocks and deer in the enclosed Quadrangle with its clock tower. It has not changed much since Geronimo and his band were housed here in tents in the fall of 1886, while the U. S. government decided on their ultimate destination. The afternoon rounds out with a visit to the Briscoe Western Art Museum where Heather Ferguson from the San Antonio Public Library will pull examples for us from the Hertzberg Special Collections before we tour the museum.

Thursday evening, we will stroll to the nearby River Walk and the Casa Rio restaurant, where we will board barges for dinner. The River Walk is below street level, and yes, there are elevators if you are not comfortable with stairs. While we are enjoying libations and supper, our barge Pilots will regale us with stories about San Antonio.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Harry Ranson Center.On Friday, May 17, we’ll board our chartered bus for the hour and a half drive to the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. The staff of the Harry Ransom Center will bring out treasured manuscripts and provide us with lunch. Then we’ll board our bus for the short ride to the Briscoe Center for American History,  and the nearby Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library within walking distance. We’ll return to San Antonio in late afternoon. Dinner is on your own.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Panorama of the Alamo in Texas.

Saturday morning, we will visit the iconic Alamo Church and complex then walk through the gardens to the two-story Ralston Family Collections Center, which opened in 2023. It includes state owned documents and the Alamo-related artifacts donated by Phil Collins, the musician and collector. Our guide will be the curator!

After the Alamo, your afternoon is free pursue your own interests:  the San Antonio Art Museum in a converted brewery or Villa Finale, one man’s collection of books, Napoleona, silver–you name it. Or perhaps your interests run to the Botanical Gardens or to the Zoo; both are outstanding and a 10-minute taxi ride.

Saturday evening our bus will take us to the Club Giraud, a private club known for its country French atmosphere and exceptional food. We will have a brief business meeting to elect new officers and Trustees and to confirm some updates to the Constitution.

Add an Extra Day in Fredericksburg, Texas

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Museum of the Pacific building.On Sunday, our chartered bus will take us to Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, around an hour and fifteen minutes away. Our primary destination is the National Museum of the Pacific War, formerly the Nimitz Museum, now a Smithsonian affiliate.

Becker Winery.

The Director will give us an overview tour and explain how they acquired the planes, PT boat, subs, as well as the research Archives. Some will want to delve into the films and exhibits; others may prefer to walk down main street with its quilt shops, German bakeries, and brew pubs. Midafternoon we’ll head back to San Antonio with a stop at theBecker Winery and Lavender Fields. Whether or not you participate in the tasting, you will enjoy relaxing on the veranda with its sweeping vistas, a tempting shop, and some refreshments. Reminisce about all you’ve seen at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio and Austin.

Venues and schedule are subject to change.