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2014 MHA Conference
San Antonio, Texas
June 5–8, 2014
The Preliminary Program is now available.
Registration Now Available for the 2014 San Antonio Conference.
Online regisration goes from February 19, 2014 to May 21, 2014
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel
111 East Pecan Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: (210) 354–2800
Fax: (210) 362–6444
The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk will honor the MHA conference Group Rate for a couple of days before and after the conference. To obtain the MHA Group Rate at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk:
- Visit the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel site
- Use the Reservations tab in the upper-left corner to enter desired arrival and departure dates
- Enter group code 06036884MO under Special Rates & Codes
Pre- and Post-Conference Tours
(1) For the first pre-conference tour, the MHA Conference location in San Antonio offers arare opportunity to visit five eighteenth-century colonialSpanish missions located on the San Antonio River, within the greater SanAntonio area. The San Antonio River missions, anchored by the famed Alamo (runtoday by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas), help portray the significantcontribution made in the region by the Catholic Church.Except for the Alamo, the missions(administered by the U. S. National Park Service) are all operating Catholicparishes holding regular services. The Hispanic heritage that so richlypermeates the area will help us to better understand the Mormon venture intothe Lone Star State.
(2) Our second pre-conference tour consists of a self-guidedwalking tour of downtown San Antonio sites prepared by the San AntonioConservation Society. The Texas Star Trail is a 2.6 walking trail thatcan be abbreviated or walked in sections. It includes the Alamo and environs. Adetailed brochure will be made available to conference attendees, with theprobability of a free downloadable smartphone app as well. This extraordinarytour of one of America’s great cities is available at no charge.
(3) The post-conference tour is going to be a “big” opportunity to see the vibrant city and state capitol of Austin, Texas.The early histories of Texas and Mormonism intersected for a brief period whenApostle Lyman Wight led a community of Mormons into the Hill Country of theindependent Republic of Texas. Our tour will also spend a day visiting the extantWightite sights in Bandera, Texas, and Fredericksburg, Texas--locatedapproximately 60 miles northwest of San Antonio. With the tour beginning Sundaymorning following the MHA devotional, this post-conference tour will be led byformer Texas residents Melvin S. Johnsonand Ken Driggs, each of whom has published books on the history of Mormonism inTexas. This includes the 1840s history of the Wightites, the 1970s history ofthe horrific Mormon missionary killings in Austin, and the contemporary historyof Texas Mormon fundamentalism. Information on each of these topics will bepresented throughout the tour.
See the Winter 2014 MHA News for more details.