May is National Preservation Month, and the Office of Historic Preservation has hosted several educational events to encourage San Antonio to “See, Save, Celebrate!” our city’s historic resources.
The State of Preservation Announcement and Preservation Month Kick-off Event was held on Tuesday, April 30, at Mission Concepcion.
The third annual Amazing Preservation Race took place on Friday, May 10, with nearly 100 people participating in a downtown urban scavenger hunt combining trivia and San Antonio history. Participants (in teams of four) used clues to find historic destinations throughout downtown while racing to the finish line at La Villita.
The Go! Historic SA Guided Tour of HemisFair Park and La Villita took volunteer tour guides took groups of runners and walkers to historic sites throughout HemisFair Park and La Villita, promoting historic preservation and physical fitness.
Additional upcoming activities for Preservation Month include the Amazing Preservation Race for Kids on Saturday, May 18, in partnership with the San Antonio Conservation Society and Villa Finale.
This free scavenger hunt for elementary age children will teach participants about the history of the King William neighborhood and the basics of architecture and preservation while encouraging physical activity.
The Center City Open House showcasing the Melrose Building at W. Commerce St. will take place on Tuesday, May 28. Hosted by the Center City Development Office, the Office of Historic Preservation, and the Department for Culture and Creative Development, this unique networking opportunity will showcase an underutilized space and encourage investment in San Antonio’s vacant historic buildings.
These events help to promote the importance of historic preservation and the significance of protecting our pride of place, our sense of community, and the rich history and culture of San Antonio.