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Conservation Society Seminar For Teachers Covers Local/Alamo History

Eileen Pace
Historians say people often don't understand that the Alamo was present before downtown San Antonio built up around it.

The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.

This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.

San Antonio Conservation Society President Sue Ann Pemberton said the seminar focuses on San Antonio history and Texas history. The opportunity is open to teachers, especially for fourth and seventh grade teachers who are working with the TEKS curriculum.

"They get their educational credits and learn something more about San Antonio that could be relevant to a future field trip and those kinds of things," Pemberton said. "Because the fourth grade is being introduced to Texas history and so the seminar has a different topic every year, but it always addresses Texas history, specifically San Antonio."

Pemberton said the tour of Alamo Plaza includes truths and fables of Alamo history.

"When everybody looks at the Alamo and they think, 'Why did they put it downtown?' And so this is a real opportunity to point out that the Alamo was there and downtown built around it," Pemberton said.

The tour will start in King William with background stories of people such as Julius Joske and the Mengers, and then continue via trolley through downtown. Once at Alamo Plaza, teachers will participate in an educator challenge.

Teachers may register at www.saconservation.org. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 31 and the seminar is Saturday, Feb. 8.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.