Celebrate Central Library’s 20th anniversary!

May will mark 20 years since a vision in bright red, designed by renown Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, would paint the city’s landscape with a modernist touch to deliver the power of information, imagination and ideas.


San Antonio Public Library is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Central Library in May and we’d like to invite you to the party in a very personal way: we’d like to know how Central Library has played a role in your life. Did you ace that important test because of the studying you did here, did you learn a new tech skill or find a job at our Jobs & Small Business Center? Have you been coming here since we opened our doors in 1995? Maybe you met the love of your life here or joined a new social group and you’ve made life long friends; or maybe you spend your lunch hours sitting in the plaza for your daily moment of zen. However the Central Library has impacted your life, we’d like to hear about it.

Celebrate Central Library’s 20th with us by sharing your story with us. Email your story (and a photo you’d like to share if you want to) to saplsocialmedia@gmail.com.

All stories are important, and while the details are meaningful, we suggest keeping your submission to about 250 words. We’ll share some of these great stories here on our blog and on social media. In fact, your story could be selected to be part of an audio collection at the Central Library – read by a Central Library team member.

March 27 in San Antonio history…

Rudolph Valentino and his wife arrive in San Antonio to give a dancing exhibition on the rooftop of the St. Anthony Hotel.

Robert Emmet Lucey is installed as the second Archbishop of San Antonio at San Fernando Cathedral.

The Mission Drive-In (right) opens, showing “The Pirates of Monterey” with Maria Montez.

March 26 in San Antonio history…

Tax Collector Maury Maverick formally announces his candidacy for Congress as Bexar County representative.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach is the featured speaker at St. Mary’s University’s third annual Free Enterprise Symposium in the Convention Center.  Staubach’s talk is entitled “Free Enterprise: The Opportunity to Excel.”  The annual symposium is held for business people as well as students to enhance their understanding of America’s economic system.

KSAT weekend anchor Michelle Lima (right) is fatally struck by a car while on location investigating a story about a missing 9-year-old boy from Lytle.

March 25 in San Antonio history…

The city limits are fixed at “one league in every direction from the city church (San Fernando).”

The Boston Red Sox blank the New York Giants, 3-0, in a preseason game here.  San Antonians Ross Youngs and Frank Snyder were both on the field for the Giants in this game.

Two months after she was forbidden to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington D. C. because of her race, contralto Marian Anderson performs a concert in Municipal Auditorium.   Fifteen days later, on Easter Sunday, she performs a concert at the base of the Lincoln Memorial at the request of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  The concert is broadcast across the country.

March 24 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
After the failure of Anglo-French forces to capture the Dardanelles (and the Turkish capital of Constantinople) by sea, it is reported that troops have been landed on Gallipoli and a land invasion is imminent.

San Antonio’s zoning ordinance, 13 months in the making, was given the City Council’s approval today. San Antonio and Houston are the only two major cities in the U.S. without a zoning ordinance.

The groundbreaking is held for the South Texas Medical School and Bexar County Teaching Hospital (later renamed The University of Texas Health Science Center and University Hospital.)

March 23 in San Antonio history…

The weekly San Antonio Herald, which began publication on April 3, 1855, changes to a daily edition with this issue.  The Herald was one of the first papers to suggest Sam Houston for governor, but it lost much of its popularity with subscribers and advertisers when it espoused the cause of John Ireland against Gustav Schleicher in a Democratic race for Congress. In 1880 the Herald was absorbed by the San Antonio Daily Times.

Joan Crawford is born Lucille Fay LeSeur in San Antonio.

Patrick “Patty” Mills, the former Portland point guard last seen playing in China during the NBA lockout, has signed a contract with the Spurs and could join the team within a week, pending resolution of work visa issues.  The Spurs are also hoping to sign Charlotte’s Boris Diaw after he clears waivers later today.

March 22 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
The seige of Przemysl came to an end today as Austrian defenders of the Galician fortress surrendered to the Russian armies that have been bombarding it for months.

The San Antonio Conservation Society is organized to save the old Market House and the San Antonio River.

In advance of a May 12 Federal Court hearing, the City Council repeals the June 19, 1954 ordinance (No. 20307) prohibiting people of color from city swimming pools.

March 21 in San Antonio history…

Jack White, chairman of the River Beautification Project, recommends J. Fred Buenz to succeed Robert H. H. Hugman as architect for the river project.  Hugman was abruptly fired two days ago.  Hugman says, “Actually, I was fired because I refused to put on the payroll at $35 per day a landscape architect who is close to Mayor Maverick politically.”

The San Antonio Quarterback Club and the sports committee of the Chamber of Commerce sponsor the University of Texas’s annual scrimmage at North East Stadium, concluding spring practice.  This the first time the university has scheduled this game, an all-out contest between the Orange and White squads, anywhere but Memorial Stadium in Austin.  Four of UT’s football stars – Tommy Nobis, Hix Green, Phil Harris and Anthony King – hail from San Antonio.

Plans to operate two white and gilt Venetian gondolas along the downtown San Antonio River were torpedoed today by the River Walk Advisory Commission.  But Rick Kolb, president of Venetian Voyages, said the controversy is now on course for City Council where the decision will be appealed.

March 20 in San Antonio history…

1915 – World War I
After a de facto truce of more than 24 hours, French forces resumed artillery shelling of German troops in the Argonne.

British band Queen makes their first and only appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium with Brownsville Station and Al Stewart opening.

Damian Garcia, along with two others, scale the walls of the Alamo and raise a red flag in defiance of the symbol of Texas revolution and the “theft of Mexican land.”  They were members of the  of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

Work begins on Convention Plaza, a TriParty job that closed Alamo and Losoya between Market and Commerce streets, slowing traffic to an average speed of 1 mph.  Commerce Street is reduced to two lanes from Alamo to about a half- block east.  A police officer doing his best to direct the snail’s pace traffic at Losoya said the traffic was the worst he had seen at the intersection.  “I’ve been out here since 10 in the moring,” the officer said.  “This is pretty bad.  Just wait till we have a Spurs game.”

March 19 in San Antonio history…

The Council House Fight takes place in the building next to San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.

Edward Rand purchases the de la Garza homestead for $200,000 for the future home of Rand Building (Wolff & Marx.)

Thomas Jefferson High School is dedicated.


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