Annual O'Connor Lecture

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)
Event Type
Special Event
Rose Mary Gallegos
History Department

The St. Mary's University and San Antonio community are invited to attend the annual O'Connor Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the University Center, Conference Room A, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a reception from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. 

San Antonio de Béxar in the 18th Century

Gerald E. Poyo, Ph.D., O'Connor Chair for the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest

Founded during 1718-1731 as a separate mission, military and civilian communities along the San Antonio River with different ethnic compositions and goals, San Antonio de Béxar in the 18th century formed an integrated agricultural and ranching community with a distinct regional and social identity. An important presence that confirmed Spain's imperial claims in Texas, San Antonio eventually became a contested town as the United States moved its boundaries westward. Join us in this exploration of San Antonio's origins, early political, economic and social history, and its Hispanic legacy still at the heart of the City's identity. 

A collection of 19th century paintings by Jean Louis Theodore Gentilz (1819-1906) who taught Art at St. Mary's College from 1864 to 1894, will also be on display in the University Center, Conference Room B. 

Free and open to the public.

A reception will follow on the second floor of the University Center. RSVP is required to attend the reception. To RSVP, visit

For more information, contact Rose Mary Gallegos at or 210-436-3586. 


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