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2014 MHA Conference
San Antonio, Texas
June 5–8, 2014
The Preliminary Program is now available.
Registration Now Available
Online registration goes from February 19–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 a rare opportunity to visit five eighteenth-century colonial Spanish missions located on the San Antonio River, within the greater San Antonio area. The San Antonio River missions, anchored by the famed Alamo (run today by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas), help portray the significant contribution 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 Catholic parishes holding regular services. The Hispanic heritage that so richly permeates the area will help us to better understand the Mormon venture into the Lone Star State.
(2) Our second pre-conference tour consists of a self-guided walking tour of downtown San Antonio sites prepared by the San Antonio Conservation Society. The Texas Star Trail is a 2.6 walking trail that can be abbreviated or walked in sections. It includes the Alamo and environs. A detailed brochure will be made available to conference attendees, with the probability of a free downloadable smartphone app as well. This extraordinary tour 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 when Apostle Lyman Wight led a community of Mormons into the Hill Country of the independent Republic of Texas. Our tour will also spend a day visiting the extant Wightite sights in Bandera, Texas, and Fredericksburg, Texas--located approximately 60 miles northwest of San Antonio. With the tour beginning Sunday morning following the MHA devotional, this post-conference tour will be led by former Texas resident Ken Driggs, who has written a book on Mormonism in Texas. This includes the 1970s history of the horrific Mormon missionary killings in Austin, and the contemporary history of Texas Mormon fundamentalism. Information on each of these topics will be presented throughout the tour.
See the Winter 2014 MHA News for more details.