Celebrate with SARA
SAN ANTONIO -- Do you have historic photographs of the San Antonio River or its tributaries? Do you have an interesting story to share about the San Antonio River Watershed? If so, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) could use your help. As part of SARA’s 75th anniversary, the agency is hosting a series of community receptions in July and August in Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties to gather historic photographs and written stories related to the San Antonio River Watershed from area residents. All photos and written stories donated to SARA at the receptions will become part of SARA’s archives housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the Special Collections of the UTSA Libraries.
The receptions will be held:
•Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wilson County Library, 1 Library Lane, Floresville
•Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Goliad City Depot, 211 East Franklin, Goliad
•Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Falls City Community Hall on U.S. 181 in Falls City.
Refreshments will be provided at all receptions.
At the receptions, SARA will accept written family memoirs or community history of a maximum of 1,000 words regarding any person, place, event, occasion, or activity connected to the San Antonio River or its tributaries. Typewritten submissions are preferred, but hand-written submissions will be accepted.
Additionally, if residents have photos related to the San Antonio River or its tributaries, SARA will have a scanner at the receptions to create a digital copy of the photos. Individuals may donate actual photos if they wish. SARA must obtain appropriate permission for each donated written story and photograph, including proper attribution for the written submissions and credit for photo donations, in order to accept the donation into SARA’s archive housed at UTSA.
Historical research materials in the collection include photographs and documentation of the flood of 1921, as well as reports, project materials, blueprints, correspondence, maps, surveys, minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, and publications, including SARA newsletters, magazines, and brochures. SARA’s oral history collection is also housed within the archives at UTSA.
For more information about SARA’s archives and how you can become part of history at these receptions, visit www.sara-tx.org or contact Karen Opiela, intergovernmental relations coordinator, at 210-302-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.