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Special Collections participates in A San Antonio Founder’s Day Christmas

December 17, 2018

On Sunday, December 16, San Antonio’s Founding Heritage presented their 15th annual Founder’s Day, an annual cultural and historical festival.  Held for the first time in Travis Park, the event was an official tricentennial event.  Normally held in October, this was also the first time it was among the December holiday events.

UTSA Special Collections was among the numerous exhibitors showing items that help to expand the public’s knowledge and appreciation of local history.  Our display featured photograph albums with 19th and 20th century views of San Antonio streets and individual buildings.  The booth, located near the giant Christmas tree, included views of similar trees, dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, that were located in front of the Municipal Auditorium and on Alamo Plaza.  In addition to the photographs, visitors saw a facsimile of a 1789 Mexican cookbook from our collection.

These are a few photos taken on Founder’s Day:


Exhibitors along walkway leading to a Christmas tree in the center of Travis Park.








Photographs and copies of rare books are featured in the Special Collections display.

Judy Sauter, Special Collections volunteer, answers questions about the photo collections

Bob and Anne Hamm look at photographs of historic buildings.





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