The Alamo invites you to join us in celebrating International Museum Day with two special history talks in the historic Cavalry Courtyard. This event is free to the public.
1:30 pm Unknown Frescos Discovered in the Sacristy of the Alamo
By: Alamo Conservator, Pam Jary Rosser
During the time when Mission San Antonio de Valero, The Alamo, was under construction, artisans from Queretaro added beautiful tinted limewashes to the walls of the Sacristy. The painted designs created an elegant room. Come learn how these frescos, which had been lost for centuries, were rediscovered.
3:30 pm Contested Texas: How an International Race to Claim Territory Created the Alamo & San Antonio
By: Alamo Tour Guide, Jesus Campos
International events led to the establishment of the Texas borderland community called San Antonio de Béxar. Participants in this contest included indigenous people, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans. Come learn the important role Mission San Antonio de Valero and Béxar played in the history of Texas.
About International Museum Day: The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day (IMD) in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2016, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 35,000 museums hosting events in some 145 countries. The theme for 2017’s IMD is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205