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1998 TMS Annual Meeting: Optional Sightseeing Tours

February 15-19 · 1998 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · San Antonio, Texas

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The 1998 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be held February 15-19, 1998 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting will feature continuing education opportunitites, an exhibition, invited honorary lectures, student activities, social functions, and a technical program developed by TMS's technical divisions, the Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division; Extraction & Processing Division; Light Metals Division; Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division; Structural Materials Division; TMS Education Committee; TMS Young Leaders Committee; Materials Science Critical Technologies Sector of ASM International.

Designed primarily for those who will not be attending technical sessions, the following sightseeing tours, operated by Destination: San Antonio, are available. Tour confirmations will be sent within ten days of receipt of your completed tour reservation form, which is downloadable as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file. Actual tour tickets will be available at the Tour Registration Desk in the Convention Center during meeting registration hours.

All tours are priced based on a minimum of 35 participants per motorcoach. Destination: San Antonio reserves the right to re-price or cancel the tour if participation falls below 35. Participants may cancel with a full refund up to seven days prior to tour operation without penalty. A cancellation in six days or less will result in a 50% cancellation fee. A cancellation within 48 hours of the tour operation will result in no refund to participant. Full refunds will be given to participants if tour is canceled by Destination: San Antonio.

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In all matters relating to making of arrangements for hotel and/or motel accommodations, sightseeing tours and services provided incident thereto, entertainment, and transportation by air, railroad, motor bus, automobile or steamship, Destination: San Antonio, Inc., will act only in the capacity of agent for the suppliers of travel services.

Because of its status as an agent, and because it maintains no control over the personnel, equipment or operation of these travel service suppliers, Destination: San Antonio, Inc., assumes no responsibility for and shall not be held liable for any personal injury, property damage, or other loss, accident delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of (1) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any of the suppliers, (2) any wrongful, negligent, unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any vehicle equipment or instrumentally owned, operated or otherwise used by any of these suppliers, or (3) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any other party not under the control, direct or otherwise, of Destination: San Antonio, Inc.

Half-Day San Antonio Tour

When: Sunday, February 15, 1998, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost per person: $22
An introductory city tour that attempts to meld the two most influential cultures that took a major role in shaping the early days of San Antonio--Spain and Germany. The most important historical building, the Alamo, is the first stop, followed by visits to the Southwest Craft Center, the King William Historic District, Mission San Jose, and El Mercado--the Mexican Market, with lunch at a restaurant in the Market. A great way to get to know San Antonio, its history and its people!

Spain and San Antonio Tour

When: Monday, February 16, 1998, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost per person: $20
The San Antonio of today still reflects the influence of the Spanish adventure into the New World. Claimed by Spain, inhabited by indians and dominated by nature's beauty, Texas still maintains a magical spirit of large expanse and human challenge. Stops today include the Alamo, Mission San Jose, San Fernando Cathedral and the Spanish Governor's Palace.

New Braunfels and Gruene Tour

When: Monday, February 16, 1998, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cost per person: $52
A short ride takes participants to the Hummel Museum to see the beautiful charcoals, pastels and oils lovingly created by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, a nun who lived in Germany during World War II. The tour continues to a beautiful spot on the Guadalupe River, Gruene, Texas (pronounced "Green"). Lunch will be at The Grist Mill, followed by time to shop the antique stores and pottery shops in a town that time forgot. Gruene is the site of the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall.

Hill Country Adventure

When: Tuesday, February 17, 1998, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost per person: $52
Early morning departure takes you to the LBJ National Historical Site and the State Historical Park. You will gain a new perspective of our late President Johnson here. You will see the school he attended as a child and visit the Johnson family burial site. Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson still resides at the ranch. The tour continues to a well-known spot in the road, Luckenbach, Texas, which can be easily missed, so don't blink your eyes too fast. The next stop is the town noted for its strong German Heritage, Fredericksburg. With wide streets, enough to accommodate a 16 horse team turning around, this frontier town is brimming with antique stores and quality restaurants. Participants will enjoy a German-style lunch, with time for shopping and browsing, or visiting the Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park and Museum of the Pacific War.

Northern San Antonio Tour

When: Tuesday, February 17, 1998, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cost per person: $22
The military has played an active role from the earliest times when Spanish soldiers came through the area in the late 1500s. The largest military complex of its kind during the 1870's was Fort Sam Houston. The first stop at Ft. Sam is the Quadrangle, home to deer and peacocks and the former living quarters for a captured Indian, Geronimo. Participants will drive past General's Row to spot homes once occupied by various military leaders of distinction, General Eisenhower and General MacArthur. You will continue to the peaceful Botanical Gardens, with exotic plants and flora from around the world. Next the tour visita a Mediterranean villa housing the McNay Museum of Art, with originals from Calder to Picasso. The last stop is San Antonio's "other riverwalk," Los Patios shopping at the specialty stores offering unique and unusual items.

Outlet Mall Shopping

When: Wednesday, February 18, 1998, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cost per person: $25
San Marcos Outlet Mall and Tanger Outlet Mall are adjacent to each other and are only 45 minutes north of San Antonio. They offer shopping at more than 150 factory outlet stores. A food court offers sustenance for the shopping-weary.

Europe, Texas Style

When: Thursday, February 19, 1998, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost per person: $25
Germans once out-numbered Hispanics in San Antonio during the mid-1800s. Germans seeking freedom and fortune founded several communities around San Antonio which thrive to this day. Here we shall visit the Institute of Texan Cultures to see how 30 diverse cultures shaped the Texas character. Then we visit the Southwest Craft Center, formerly an old French girls school, it is now a thriving art center. The King William Historic District contains blocks of Victorian mansions constructed by successful German families. We shall step inside the Steves Homestead to see how they lived in the late 1800's.

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