Trinity University Press

Maria Watson Pfeiffer

Maria Watson Pfeiffer, a fourth-generation San Antonian, has a master’s degree in urban studies from Trinity University. For the past thirty years she has been a freelance historical researcher and consultant. She has also served on the staffs of the San Antonio Conservation Society and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo.

School by the River

When seven women of the Order of Saint Ursula and one priest arrived in frontier San Antonio, Texas in 1851 to establish a school for girls, none could predict the dramatic future facing the tranquil campus that rose on the banks of the San Antonio River. By 1970, the Ursuline Academy had moved away. Then two other groups of determined women--the San Antonio Conservation Society and the...