Welcome to the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society of Southwest Archivists!
I’d like to thank you for being here. This event is the culmination of many hours of hard work by your peers and fellow SSA’ers and it could not happen without you! Traveling to San Antonio in 2018 is such a treat as we are sharing in the 300 year anniversary of this diverse and exciting city. The Local Arrangements Committee and the Program Committee have put together a fantastic schedule of events and sessions to educate and entertain.
The Diversity Committee has also contributed to many aspects of the meeting, keeping inclusivity in the forefront of planning. From all of us in SSA leadership we hope that you enjoy the next three days and that you gain new insight, form new friendships, and return home in anticipation of next year. I personally would like to encourage everyone to attend Saturday morning breakfast and the member business meeting and raffle. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet the officers and committee chairs, plus there’s free food and you could win some awesome stuff!
¡Bienvenidos a San Antonio!
The Local Arrangements Committee is pleased to welcome you to the 2018 Annual Meeting! Our theme, “Archival Encuentros: Celebrating Community” uses English and Spanish words, a nod to the unique and beloved cultural blend of San Antonio and South Texas. We look forward to seeing you at the welcome reception on Wednesday at the Alamo and our Friday reception at the Witte Museum.
We are especially excited to host the annual meeting in San Antonio because 2018 marks the city’s tricentennial year. In May of 1718 the Misión San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) and the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar (the city of San Antonio) were established by order of the Viceroy of Spain. Though 1718 is a benchmark year for San Antonio, the history of the area is much longer than 300 years! The native Payaya Indians originally lived along the San Antonio River, calling it Yanaguana, or “clear waters.” This historic relationship with the river is the core of San Antonio’s identity, past and present.
San Antonio has grown into a bustling city (the 7th largest in the nation) with many attractions, activities, and hotels located near the San Antonio River, including our conference hotel. The Hilton Palacio del Rio was constructed for HemisFair ’68 (the 1968 World’s Fair), and is a hallmark of the modular construction technique. Guest rooms were constructed eight miles away from the hotel site and were built as individual units complete with furniture, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and artwork. Each complete room was lifted and stacked into place by crane.
While you may want to take a stroll along the river, you can also take a river boat tour, or use the river boats as a taxi in the downtown area (Go Rio Cruises operates both services). San Antonio’s bus system, VIA Metro, also operates three bus routes which are specifically geared towards sightseeing and tourism: VIVA Culture, VIVA Missions, and VIVA Centro. An all-day pass is only $2.75. These routes are excellent options for getting to and from many of the city’s most popular attractions since the routes are planned to specifically take you to museums, theaters, the zoo, the Pearl, and other awesome places. There is also a VIA goMobile App available for smartphones.
Also be sure to have a look at the Local Arrangements Committee’s San Antonio Visitor Guide for our favorite recommendations on where to eat and what to see and do while you’re here. For starters, the Texas Salsa Festival (free entry) will be taking place across the street from the Hilton at Hemisfair Park on Saturday — the perfect kickoff for some post-conference weekend fun!
The 2018 Local Arrangements Committee