Texas is bursting with history.  Ever  wonder how the authenticity and legacy of those landmarks are maintained and upheld for everyone to enjoy? It’s thanks to individuals like Pamela Jary Rosser, Alamo conservator. A ninth generation Texan, Rosser was born in San Antonio and has a degree in fine arts and art history. She studied conservation in Italy with a team that worked on the Sistine Chapel, as well as Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. Rosser was kind enough to share her passion for history with us.

TXM+E: How long have you worked at the Alamo?
PJR: I began working at the Alamo as an independent contractor in 2000 doing conservation projects as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas had funds. This went on for nine years. In 2010 and until present, I have been the Alamo conservator.

TXM+E: What drew you to American history? 
PJR: Growing up in my family, we all learned art and architecture through the history of Texas. Every historic building, house, ranch has its history which is something my parents taught us. I am drawn to history because it offers an array of information about how people and societies behaved. History educates by example.

TXM+E: Can you describe what you do for the landmark?
PJR: I conserve the walls with various con- servation treatments, document mid-1700s Spanish colonial plaster with tinted lime washes and historic graffiti. I collect and analyze mortar, pigment fragments and plaster samples under a stereo microscope. I work alongside the collection manager regarding the Alamo artifacts collections, as well as the cannon conservation project. We currently have six statues on loan from the Sculpture Trail LLC, which will require annual conser- vation assessments and cleaning.

TXM+E: What is your favorite part of your job? 
PJR: That is a hard question to answer. I would say the favorite part of my job is shaving away (layer by layer under magnification) U.S. Army whitewash and exposing Spanish colonial tinted lime wash design elements, pigment fragments and copper leaf.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better champion of Amarillo than Hope Stokes, director of brand management for the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council. Born and raised in the Texas Panhandle city, she graduated from nearby West Texas A&M University and her first job in the tourism industry was as an intern at the council. Stokes shared with us her love of her hometown.

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The Hyatt offers meeting planners headed to San Antonio three completely different experiences depending on which of the brand’s hotels you choose to stay at. This past fall, I was lucky enough to score a FAM trip that included stays at two of the three hotels, with a tour of the third.

 

Gail Davis, founder and president of Dallas-based GDA Speakers, was working in corporate training for EDS when the phone rang. “One of my mentors called me and said, ‘There’s a position in the events department, and I think you should do it. It would be so easy for a working mom,’” says Davis, before adding wryly, “It was clearly someone who had never planned events.”