In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary, and as part of that celebration, the Alamo is excited to announce the Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series!
Each month, the Alamo will bring you experts who will explore the events, people, and themes that shaped the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and Texas.
The presentation will cover the history of Fort Sam Houston and the US Army in San Antonio. Beginning with the initial arrival of the army in 1845, the talk will highlight the numerous army activities throughout downtown San Antonio that led to the strong bond between the city and the service. We will discuss the army's impact on the Alamo as well as the decisions that led to the move to Government Hill. We will cover the construction of the Quadrangle and the growth of Fort Sam Houston, which by the mid-1910's had become the largest US Army post in the nation. We will discuss the changing role of the Fort and conclude with the missions it continues to perform today.
About Bill Manchester
Bill Manchester serves as staff historian for Air Education and Training Command (AETC) at JBSA-Randolph, as well as the resource advisor for the AETC history and museum program as well as the art custodian. He previously served as the Curator and Museum Specialist for the Fort Sam Houston Museum and was instrumental in rebuilding the museum in its current location in the quadrangle.
Bill's specialities include the American Civil War, the history of the US Army in Texas, and early Army aviation. Prior to his current profession, Bill was a US Army Command Sergeant Major and retired in 2015 after a nearly 30 year career.
The 2018 Tricentennial Lecture Series Schedule (click to print or enlarge):
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