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Great American Get-Together in San Antonio

Program Number: 21173RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/29/2013 - 2/5/2013; 11/11/2014 - 11/18/2014; 2/24/2015 - 3/3/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Price starting at: $1,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Celebrate the spirit of San Antonio — and Road Scholar — as you join us for a week of fellowship, learning and fun in the heart of Texas! We’ve planned an amazing array of in-depth lectures, field trips and activities — plus a final night gala with music and cultural dancers. There is something for everyone, as you experience the best of Road Scholar in San Antonio.




Highlights

• Join experts for explorations of San Antonio’s greatest landmarks, including the Alamo, King William Historic District, the missions and historic La Villita.
• Delight in the masterpieces of the McNay Museum of Art, explore San Antonio’s beautiful River Walk, and learn about the German heritage of Fredericksburg.
• Visit the earliest Spanish settlements in the area, explore the largest Mexican marketplace in the country, and enjoy a Mexican feast with a mariachi performance.



Activity Particulars

Must be able to climb up and down stairs every day to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board public bus, trolley and charter bus with minimal assistance. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours a day.



Program limited to 170 participants, but the group will be divided into smaller groups for most activities.




Date Specific Information

2-24-2015

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Road Scholar in Texas! Our special guest will be author and journalist Catherine Crier, a Texas native. She'll join our spectacular line up of speakers to deliver a keynote speech to the group.



Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




San Antonio

Explored in 1691 and 1709 by Spanish expeditions that named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, the city of San Antonio today incorporates its colorful past into its present, offering the bustling River Walk, botanical gardens of native Texas flora, and the Missions National Historic Park, which includes the famous Alamo.



Accommodations
Historic hotel with rooftop pool located just steps away from San Antonio’s River Walk.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Margie Strayer

Marjorie Strayer was born in San Antonio, and was raised on a ranch 25 miles west of town. Her ancestors arrived in America before the War of Independence and settled in Texas when it was part of Mexico. Her love of this area has kept her anchored in or near San Antonio, and she enjoys being a part of the team that showcases the gems of our city to visitors. When not working, Marjorie travels, reads, and does volunteer work. She recently returned from a Road Scholar Semester At Sea voyage, where she added seven new countries to the list of 45 previously visited.
 
Tim Draves

Tim Draves teaches Texas History at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has been the editor of The Journal of the Life and Culture of San Antonio since 2005, where he promotes research and understanding of over 300 years of the town’s settlement. Tim serves on the Bexar County Historical Commission, and has won several Texas research and teaching awards.
 
Allen Hamilton

Allen Lee Hamilton is a professor of Texas and American history at St. Philip's College in San Antonio who has taught more than 400 college classes during his 35 year career. The author of four books and over 30 articles in historical and popular journals, Allen has won three NISOD Awards from the University of Texas for Teaching Excellence, was named Professor of the Year twice, and is a Minnie Stevens Piper nominee for the Outstanding College Professor in Texas. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma. Perhaps most importantly, Allen is a fourth generation Texan whose family has been in this great state since 1866.
 
Lonn Taylor

Lonn Taylor is a historian and writer who retired to Fort Davis, Texas, with his wife, Dedie, after 20 years as a historian at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Lonn has authored several books and writes a weekly column about Texas called "The Rambling Boy," for the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel.
 
Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Paul Alvarado-Dykstra co-created the film festival Fantastic Fest, co-founded Ain’t It Cool, Inc., founded the Texas Independent Film Festival, and has worked with award-winning filmmakers including Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro and Emmy-nominated producer Scott Carter. Paul also serves as creative director for AHD Multimedia, his home for commercials and corporate clients, where he recently worked on the web series for Friskies featuring Grumpy Cat. He has produced independent films, live concert videos, movie premieres, marketing campaigns, TV pilots, radio shows and more for such clients as Sony, New Line Cinema, Comedy Central, XM Satellite Radio, and many others. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Film Texas Fund, and the Austin chapter of the American Advertising Federation, has guest lectured at various colleges and universities, and been a panelist for the Austin Film Festival, Comicpalooza and DragonCon.
 
Catherine Crier

A Dallas native, Catherine Crier began her career as an assistant district attorney and felony chief prosecutor. In 1984, she became the youngest ever elected state district judge in Texas. In 1989, she was hired to co-anchor the evening newscast on CNN and Inside Politics. Later, she served as a correspondent and anchor of newscasts on ABC, Fox News and Court TV. She won and Emmy and the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award for investigative journalism. She is the author of five books, one of which is a New York Times bestseller. In 2007, she became a founding partner of Cajole Entertainment. Most recently, she was honored by Moves Magazine in 2013 as one of the "Power Women of New York".
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Drury Plaza Hotel
  San Antonio, Texas 7 nights
 Drury Plaza Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views.
  Contact info: 105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
web: www.druryhotels.com
  Room amenities: All rooms are standard rooms featuring a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.
  Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking is available for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Best seasonal price available. Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal price available. Please telephone hotel representative directly (210) 220-2990 or e-mail donna.swanson@druryhotels.com for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 p.m. at the hotel. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 p.m at the hotel. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The University of Texas Release and Indemnification Agreement & Field Trip Choice Sheet. All 3 forms (Road Scholar Participant Information Form, Release and Indemnification Agreement, and Field Trip Choice Sheet) must be completed and returned to the University of Texas at Austin at least five weeks prior to the program. We prefer that your documents be returned by January 1, 2013 but no later than January 8, 2013. Please mail all forms to: The University of Texas at Austin Road Scholar Program 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Room 1.106 Austin, TX 78712
  Parking availability:
Additional charge for parking at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Antonio, Texas
  Nearest city or town:  San Antonio
  Nearest highway: I-35, I-37 & I-10
  Nearest airport:  San Antonio International
  From End of Program
  Location: San Antonio, Texas
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Antonio International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Shuttle
phone: 210-492-4144

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Your program cost includes transportation to and from the airport by Go Shuttle.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

up to 30 minutes depending on traffic 

   

You will need to go to the Go Airport shuttle booth which is located in the baggage claim area of the San Antonio International Airport. Give your name and the cashier will give you a 2 part ticket for the return also. You will be instructed by the cashier to call a number listed on the back of the ticket 24 hours in advance for return to the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Austin/Dallas From the North (I-35 South Bound from Austin): Take I-37 South, exit Commerce Street, turn right onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage is on the left just past the St. Mary’s Street - Commerce Street intersection.
  From Houston From the East (I-10 West Bound from Houston): Take I-37 North, exit Commerce Street. Turn left onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage entrance is on the left just past the intersection of St. Mary’s Street – Commerce Street. is on the right.
  From IH-10-El Paso From the West (I-10 East Bound from El Paso): Take I-35 South, exit Frio Street. Turn left onto Martin Street. Turn right onto St. Mary’s Street. Turn right onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage is on the left on Commerce Street.
  From the south on I-35 From the South (I-35 North Bound from Laredo): Exit Durango Blvd., turn left onto St. Mary’s Street. This street splits and will become a one-way street, Navarro. Turn left onto Commerce Street. Hotel garage entrance in on the left just past the St. Mary’s – Commerce Street intersection.
Elevation Note: Elevation is 600 feet above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment is not required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in San Antonio, registration with program’s group leaders, orientation meeting and dinner
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at the Drury Plaza Hotel after 3:00 p.m. for check-in. Upon arrival, please pick up your program folder (this will give you your group assignment number) on the 4th floor of the hotel. At 4:00 p.m., attend an orientation meeting with your group leader on the 4th floor of the hotel. You will review the week’s itinerary, get to know other participants in your group, receive your listening devices and get other information needed during your stay.
 Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. Welcome dinner at the Drury Plaza Hotel in the 4th floor ballroom from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 Evening: During dinner, enjoy a short presentation on conjunto music, followed by music by a local trio. Conjunto music blends the traditions of the Tejanos of South Texas with the Norteños of Northern Mexico with influences from German and other European immigrants. Welcoming remarks, special introductions and general program information follow dinner.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: San Antonio Overview, Texas Historical Perspective, Alamo, La Villita and the River Walk
(Wednesday, January 30)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles.



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast in the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the hotel.
 Morning: This morning from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., classes will give you an overview of San Antonio, one of America’s unique cities. Learn about its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and the blending of cultural heritages that set the city apart. You will also hear from an expert about the influences of the six sovereign nations that have flown their flags over Texas, and how historical events shaped the state’s demographics, economy and culture.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Go on expert-led walking explorations that visit the Alamo, the elegant Menger Hotel—built in 1859 on the site of Texas’ first brewery—and La Villita, at the heart of old San Antonio which is now home to the shops and studios of artists and craftsmen. Then, make your way to the River Walk— the heart of the city —for a narrated barge ride on the San Antonio River, located 20 feet below street level and just steps from the famed Alamo. See how stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture that resonate the depth of this centuries-old metropolis. Your day of exploration ends as the river barge returns you to the hotel in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. A light buffet dinner will be served at the hotel.
 Evening: Just after the 50th anniversary of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, former Director of Mission Operations Eugene F. Kranz will share stories from his distinguished career at NASA, beginning at 7:30 p.m. As the leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors who brought the Apollo 13 spaceship safely back to Earth on April 17, 1970, Gene Kranz demonstrated extraordinary courage and heroism. Kranz retired from NASA in 1994 after 37 years of federal service. “Failure is not an option,” the motto that carried him through the Apollo 13 crisis, is a major theme of his motivational message. Kranz has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received from President Nixon for the Apollo 13 mission, and his designation as a Distinguished Member of the Senior Executive Service by President Reagan. Kranz will describe what happened during the Apollo 13 mission and how he and others made the tough decisions under pressure, which resulted in the crew's safe return to Earth.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentations on the Diversity of Texas Geography and Water Conservation; visit the McNay Museum, Southwest School of Art, and the San Antonio Library
(Thursday, January 31)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: 8:30- 11:00 a.m.: Join local experts for informative and entertaining presentations on the physical and cultural geography of Texas, with an emphasis on human and economic resources. The successful story of San Antonio’s water conservation efforts will enlighten you and provide a new perspective on the state.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Art enthusiasts will delight in afternoon field trips to some of San Antonio’s finest art institutions. Enjoy a visit to the McNay Museum of Art, a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home which opened as the first museum of modern art in Texas in 1954. Today, its visitors are captivated by magnificent works of art by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. You will also make stops at the Southwest School of Art, one of the nation’s largest community-based art schools, to enjoy galleries and studios on the grounds of a former convent, and the San Antonio Public Library, an architecturally striking vibrant red building designed by renowned architect Ricardo Legoretta. Marvel at the building’s crowning artistic jewel, the colorful Fiesta Tower by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Fiesta Tower, comprised of 900-plus unique hand-blown glass ornaments, rises nearly 27 feet from the library’s atrium. Those who prefer to remain at the hotel can enjoy a video and display information from the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay. Or venture out and sample from the wide variety of restaurants and cuisines offered within the area surrounding the hotel on the city’s river walk or on the street level.
 Evening: Enjoy making new friends as you gather at the hotel to enjoy bridge, card games or other board games, or, take time to explore more of the city on your own.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Field trip to the quaint German town of Fredericksburg, featuring the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific and the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park; visit to Enchanted Springs Ranch
(Friday, February 1)

Note: Walk 1-2 miles, standing in museum for 1-2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: Depart at 8:30 a.m. for a full day excursion. Begin in the scenic Hill Country town of Fredricksburg. Explore the city on your own to visit German historical sites, marketplaces, breweries, the National Museum of the Pacific War, located in the historic hotel run by the family of Admiral Chester Nimitz. Soak up the early history of the area by visiting the Pioneer Museum Complex or the Vereins-Kirche (Society Church), the oldest public building in town.
 Lunch: On your own at one of the many restaurants along Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas.
 Afternoon: Leave downtown Fredericksburg at 1:00 p.m. for the LBJ National Historical Park, which contains a visitor center, reconstructed boyhood home, cemetery and the Johnsons’ residence, known as the Texas White House, where the private quarters have been recently opened to the public for the first time. Depart at 3:30 p.m. for an approximately one-hour drive to Enchanted Springs Ranch, to enjoy a western-themed dinner served up with a big helping of Texas hospitality.
 Dinner: You’ll feel you’ve been transported back to the Old West at Enchanted Springs Ranch. Surrounded by beautiful hills and spring-fed creeks, you’ll be greeted by cowboys and be treated to a show by the world’s best female gun slinger and amazing trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick. Enjoy a barbecue dinner with country and western music— try line dancing with the group if you wish.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Texas Legendary Texas Rangers and Mastering Your Retirement; expert-led walking exploration of San Fernando Cathedral, the Governor’s Palace and El Mercado (the Mexican market)
(Saturday, February 2)

Note: Must be able to climb up and down stairs to access river walk area of city and restaurants. Must be able to board trolley to reach start of walking tour. Walking up to two miles and standing in museum for 1-2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: One of our expert led lectures will be by Peter Spiers, the senior vice president of strategic outreach for Road Scholar, who will be discussing his new book, Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier, illustrating what healthy aging looks like based on new academic research, focus groups and personal interviews. Master Class reverse engineers the lifestyle of some of the most hale and hearty older people in the world, the participants in Road Scholar’s educational travel programs, and lays out a holistic program, targeted at people on the cusp of retirement, for a life of engagement, enrichment and fulfillment.

Hear stories about the legendary Texas Rangers, the elite group of lawmen created by Stephen F. Austin to protect the early Anglo settlers. This elite corps of law enforcement officers still exist today. An author shares exciting tales of these larger-than-life heroes and their sometimes unbelievable adventures.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Led by experts, enjoy a walk to visit the heart and soul of the city, the San Fernando Cathedral. Built in 1738, the Cathedral is still in operation and played an important role in the religious and secular history of the city. The Spanish Governor’s Palace, adjacent to the Cathedral, is a National Historic Landmark. Labeled "the most beautiful building in San Antonio" by the National Geographic Society, it once housed the officials of the Spanish Province of Texas. Your neighborhood walk concludes at El Mercado, the largest Mexican marketplace in the country. Sample a fresh-baked pastry from a panaderia and explore dozens of shops sell everything from hand-embroidered dresses to leather belts. Market Square's working artists, musicians, dancers and major cultural events give El Mercado a rich and lively cultural atmosphere. You may choose to return with your group leader to the hotel, or remain in the marketplace and return the 5-6 blocks to the hotel on your own. Those who prefer to remain at the hotel can learn more about pioneer life in Texas by examining a collection of demonstration items presented by a staff member from the Institute of Texas Cultures. Following your return to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own. At 5:30 p.m. enjoy the kickback reception on the 2nd floor of the hotel, featuring free hot food and cold drinks, during each day of your stay.
 Dinner: On your own
 Evening: Free for you to explore the many attractions of the city on your own.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Presentations on Immigrant/Entrepreneur Mary Menger - Tall Tales and Legends; choose your field trip: visit either the San Antonio Mission complex or the King William historic district
(Sunday, February 3)

Note: Missions field trip- walking up to one mile, standing in museum for 1-2 hours. King William Historic District- use public transportation and walk up to 3 miles during tour, standing for 1-2 hours in museum.



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: Hear the intriguing story of German immigrant Mary Menger, who operated two large San Antonio enterprises in the mid-19th century and demonstrated that a woman could thrive during a time when men dominated local commerce. As a widow and single mother, Menger profited from both the Western Brewery and Menger Hotel and became San Antonio’s largest employer. All that's missing as our master story-teller weaves her tales of Texas lore and legend, is the campfire’s shadow on a starry night in West Texas. Stories are handed down from Native Americans and other early settlers. Sit back and enjoy our award winning storyteller as you learn about Texas myths and legends.
 Lunch: Provided on field trip of choice.
 Afternoon: Choose between an exploration of the city’s early Spanish mission complex or an extended walking exploration of the King William historic district, which contained the city’s most elegant residential district of the late 1800’s and has been carefully preserved. These programs will only be offered once during the week. Those who choose to explore the missions will travel by bus to San Antonio Mission National Historic Park for an exploration of the four missions that make up the complex. With experts, learn about the early settlement and efforts of the Spanish to convert people to the church and an agricultural form of life. Discover the beauty of Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, the Queen of the Missions, restored by the WPA in the 1930s. See how Spaniards used irrigation (acequia) systems to develop self-sustaining agricultural communities along the San Antonio River. Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission Concepcion and Mission Estrada during your in-depth visit to the site of the earliest European settlements. Those who choose to visit the King William Historic District will enjoy a walk led by experts of an area settled in the mid-19th century by affluent Germans, named after King Wilhelm of Prussia. Stroll through impressive houses designed in the Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate styles. Take a docent-led exploration of the Steves Homestead, a Victorian mansion for an inside look at the lifestyle of rich and famous San Antonio personalities from the late 1800s. Those who prefer to remain in the hotel can enjoy video presentations about Texas state and national parks.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant near the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy making new friends as you gather at the hotel to enjoy bridge, card games or other board games, or, take time to explore more of the city on your own.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Special Interest field trips or folk medicine presentation; Institute of Texan Cultures; farewell dinner
(Monday, February 4)

Note: Option 1) no walking involved. Option 2) Missions walk- hike up to 4-5 miles on a relatively flat, paved hike and bike trail along the San Antonio River, with stops at some of the city’s beautiful Spanish missions; Option 3) Factory tour- walk up to one mile; Option 4) use public transportation and walk up to 3 miles during tour. Option 5) no walking involved.



   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: Choose from one of the following field trips: 1) Cooking demonstration/class- Learn how to prepare a delicious Mexican meal with picante style from Diana Barrios Trevino. Diana has appeared on the Today Show, the Food Network and prepared the puffy tacos served at Bill Clinton’s inauguration dinner. Diana shares the story of her mother’s effort to start a restaurant and how the family business has expanded to satisfy the hunger of thousands of happy customers. Enjoy an enchilada lunch following the demonstration. 2) Hiking the mission trail- Enjoy a 4-5-mile hike alongside the San Antonio River passing through four missions. The trail winds through old neighborhood and farmlands, allowing you to see how early settlers and Indians lived, farmed, and irrigated land from Mission Concepcion to Mission Espada. Bring your binoculars to help spot birds and other wildlife as you enjoy an easy walk on paved pathways with a master naturalist as your guide. 3) SAS Factory Tour- Take a bus to the San Antonio Shoe factory to find out how the passion of two shoe makers in the 1970s created a company that became a nationally known brand from the local factory. See how the founders’ dedication to comfort, quality, and craftsmanship is carried on today. Visit the general store with a candy kitchen, ice cream parlor, and vintage car display. 4) King William Historic District- With an expert, walk along the King William Historic District to see mansions and cottages of varied architectural styles built by successful German families after the Civil War. 5) Remain in the hotel to take a peek at the system of folk medicine that came to be used by the Early Texans, who often were forced to find substitutes for remedies that had been available in their previous environs. They began to share “cures” with people from other cultures: Native Americans, Mexicans, Germans, Poles, Swedes and many others. Join us as we look inside the medicine cabinets of these early settlers.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free time before the farewell dinner. All groups depart the hotel at 4:00 p.m. for the Institute of Texas Cultures (ITC) at Hemisfair Park. Operated by the University of Texas at San Antonio, the ITC fulfills its mandate as the state’s center for multicultural education by investigating the ethnic and cultural history of the state. Examine displays about the 26 different ethnic and cultural groups that settled the Texas frontier.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner under the dome theater of the ITC, featuring music and cultural dancers.
   
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast on the second floor of the hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 a.m.
 Morning: Say “adios” to San Antonio as you depart for home. Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 p.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  San Antonio, Texas Botanical Gardens
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Telephone 210-207-3255. For additional information, visit www.sabot.org
  Casa Navarro State Historic Site
Former home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia.
  Convention and Visitors Bureau
The San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau operates a full-service visitor information center that provides an extensive inventory of helpful brochures and other promotional materials concerning events and sites in and around the city. For additional information, visit www.sanantoniovisit.com
  El Mercado-The Market
A two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
  Guenther House
Historic house built by Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1859. Restored by the company as a museum, restaurant, and retail store. Telephone 210-227-1061. For additional information, visit www.guentherhouse.com
  IMAX Theatre-"Alamo...The Price of Freedom"
"Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629. For additional information, visit www.IMAX-SA.com
  SAS Shoe Factory
SAS Shoe Factory, 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507, www.sasshoes.com. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5. For additional information, visit www.sasshoes.com
  San Antonio Museum of Art
Since its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100. For additional information, visit www.samuseum.org
  San Antonio Zoo
More than 3,500 animals of 750 species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This zoo, established in 1914 is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf.
  Southwest School of Art and Craft
A community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch. For additional information, visit www.swschool.org
  Steves Homestead
Located on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, was built in 1876 by Edward Steves, who immigrated to Texas in 1848 and later founded the Steves Lumber Company. Victorian-era mansion also features Carriage House with antique carriages on display, the Gardener's Quarters (now a visitor center) and beautiful landscaping. Telephone 210-225-5924.
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Suggested Reading List


Gates of the Alamo (historically accurate novel)


Author: Stephen Harrigan


Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond


Author: Gene Kranz


The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900


Author: Mike Cox


Time of the Rangers: Texas Rangers: From 1900 to the Present


Author: Mike Cox


Gone to Texas, a History of the Lone Star State


Author: Randolph Campbell


Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History


Author: S. C. Gwynne


As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda


Author: Gail Collins


HemisFair '68 and the Transformation of San Antonio


Author: Sterlin Holmesly


Sam Houston, A Life


Author: James L. Haley


The Alamo: An Ilustrated History


Author: George Nelson


The Alamo Remembered, Tejano Accounts & Perspectives


Author: Timothy M. Matovina


Crown Jewel of Texas, the Story of the San Antonio River


Author: Lewis Fisher


On the Border, an Environmental History of San Antonio


Author: Char Miller


Sacrificed at the Alamo, Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution


Author: Bruce Winders


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park


Author: Louis Torres


San Antonio: Outpost of Empires


Author: Lewis F. Fisher


San Antonio: The Story of an Enchanted City


Author: Frank W. Jennings


The Spanish Acequias of San Antonio


Author: Waynne Cox


Three Roads to the Alamo, the Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis


Author: William C. Davis


Friedrichsburg: Colony of the German Furstenverein


Author: Friedrich Armand Strubberg and James C. Kearney




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