October was archaeology month in Texas and we sponsored several events to promote awareness of our long cultural history in San Antonio. The first event was an art opening of the many paintings of our San Antonio missions owned by William Mealy of Lavaca. This is a spectacular exhibit, and if you have not had the opportunity to see it, there is still time. The show closes at the end of November.
The other event was by City Archaeologist Kay Hindes, who enlightened us on some very exciting new discoveries pertaining to the very first Spanish occupation of San Antonio and the first locations of San Antonio de Valero or the Alamo. Most people do not realize that, despite the presence of the Spanish Missions, San Antonio is one of the longest occupied cities in the state and nation. El Paso is earlier, first settled about 1680, followed by Nacogdoches in 1690, and San Antonio in 1718.
The KWA Cultural Art Committee (CAC) has produced another great brochure for walking tours. Entitled “Along the Acequia Concepción,” and written by Cherise Bell, Roland Rodriquez, Molly Shafer and Michael Carroll, it features 33 buildings bordered by S. Alamo and S. St Mary’s Streets. This is the second brochure the CAC has produced and there are plans for a third brochure highlighting the area west of the San Antonio River.
If you came into the office at the time of this writing (October 14) you would have found a mess with all of the contributions we received for our yard sale, the first we have sponsored as an organization. We have promoted neighborhood-wide yard sales in the past but this was the first time we have had the room to sponsor such an event. Next month I will let you know how successful we were.
It is always sad to loose good employees, but there have been some changes in the KWA office. Bookkeeper Dennis Snell and Fair Coordinator Carol Jackson have left our staff. We regret to see them go but certainly wish them well.