The Save Texas History Symposium, From San Fernando de Bexar to “The Alamo City:” San Antonio and its History, will take place at the historic Menger Hotel. Presented by the Texas General Land Office, the symposium provides a unique opportunity for historians to share their research with the public.

This year, we will be hearing from some of the premier scholars in Texas History who deliver cutting-edge research on topics as varied as Tejana property ownership in the 18th century, the military importance of the Alamo, the fight to preserve San Antonio’s missions, the Alamo in 19th century art, and the local yellow fever outbreaks of the early 20th century. By attending the Save Texas History Symposium, you not only support research on Texas History at all levels, but also help preserve the primary sources upon which that history relies. Join us and help Save Texas History.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Amy Porter, Texas A&M-San Antonio – Las Béxareñas and Their Wills: Women’s Material Culture Cataloguing Practices in Spanish San Fernando de Béxar
  • Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja, Texas State University – Erasmo Seguín: Alcalde on the Eve of Mexican Independence
  • Dr. Bruce Winders, Former Alamo Chief Historian and Curator – Pique Post, Key to Texas, Doorway to the Interior of Texas: Understanding the Alamo’s Role in Texas
  • Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, Baylor University – Different Perspectives on the Alamo and the Alamo City: Images of San Antonio by Theodore Gentilz
  • Dr. Joel Kitchens, Texas A&M University – San Antonio's Spanish Missions and the Persistence of Memory, 1718-2015
  • Dr. Ana Martinez-Catsam, University of Texas-Permian Basin – “Our Local Board of Health Asserts that No Epidemic of Any Kind Exists in San Antonio”: State vs. Local Expertise in the 1903 Yellow Fever Quarantine
  • Dr. Lila Rakoczy, Texas General Land Office – Public History and the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records

Also featuring:

  • The Texas History Student Research Showcase (Friday):
  • William V. Scott, Texas Tech University – Tejano Ranching Women in the Spanish and Mexican Borderlands
  • Bryson Kisner, Rice University – Sabine Sanctuary: Indigenous Diasporas in the Texas-Louisiana Borderlands 
  • Clinton M.M. McKenzie, University of Texas - San Antonio – "The area west of the San Pedro,” A history of the Barrio de Laredo, 1740-1860 
  • S. Shine Trabucco, University of Houston – Returning to the Roots: The History of Adobe Architecture in San Antonio, Texas 1716-2020 
  • Madeleine Miller, University of Texas - Arlington – Constructing Germanness: German Immigrants in San Antonio, 1850-1900
  • Timothy R. Reed, Texas Christian University – Long Highways, Longer Histories: El Camino Real, Preston Road, and the Bankhead Highway in Texas, 1890-1945
  • Madeline Wheeler, Stephen F. Austin State University – Brotherhood in the Pineywoods: John Henry Kirby and the Fight Against Lumber Unionization
  • Jadyn Evans, St. Mary’s University – Peeping Through the Keyhole: The Black-owned Club that Desegregated San Antonio
  • The Save Texas History Reception at the brand new Ralston Family Collections Center at the Alamo, featuring Dr. Kate Rogers, Executive Director of the Alamo Trust

Space is limited, so register early!

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Event Information

Friday, September 22, 2023 and Saturday, September 23, 2024
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Student Research Showcase (Friday) + Symposium (Saturday) - $150/person
Save Texas History Reception at Ralston Family Collections Center at the Alamo (Saturday) - $50/person
Additional notes:

Friday, September 22
Student Research Showcase - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 23
Symposium - 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Alamo Tours - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Reception - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A visit to the Alamo and/or attendance at events is an agreement by the participant and/or the parent or guardian to allow the Alamo to photograph and/or film participants without compensation for possible use in digital/print marketing and publicity efforts. Please contact the Alamo’s marketing director at 210-225-1391 with questions or requests to exempt your image from potential promotional use.