2020 NIOSA® Medal On Sale Now; NIOSA is the top fundraiser for historic preservation in the nation

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“A Night In Old San Antonio®” (NIOSA®) is a four-night festival, Tuesday through Friday, April 21-24, 2020 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the heart of downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy for more than 85,000 revelers annually during the city’s Fiesta San Antonio® celebration.

2020 NIOSA Medal

Through the magic of 200-plus food, drink booths; 14 live musical acts; games; decorations and 10,000+ volunteers, 'A Night In Old San Antonio' brings the city’s heritage alive. This medal is dedicated to the volunteers who make NIOSA the country’s largest fundraiser for historic preservation.

The 2020 NIOSA® medal is now on sale, with all proceed benefitting historic preservation.

"A Night In Old San Antonio®" is solely sponsored by and benefits The Conservation Society of San Antonio (one of the nation’s oldest and most active historic preservation organizations). NIOSA is the top fundraiser for historic preservation in the nation and truly lives up to its motto as a “Celebration for Preservation.” It will occur April 21-24, 2020, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. nightly during the city’s Fiesta San Antonio® celebration.

The medal concept was designed by the NIOSA team with “lots of artistic help” from Monarch Trophy designer David Durbin.

“The inspiration for the medal is NIOSA’s beautiful new logo which features our beloved cascarone, bursting open with confetti,” says Schoenert. “The gorgeous folk art birds that dangle from the medal will remind people of NIOSA’s and San Antonio’s rich cultural arts since they mimic the birds of paradise found on Amate bark paintings.”

The medals are on sale for $12 at:

  • Now until sold out - NIOSA website at http://www.niosa.org
  • Now until sold out - NIOSA office, 227 S. Presa, weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm
  • Feb 3 until sold out - The Fiesta Store, 2611 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78215
  • April 21-24 - During NIOSA in NIOSA souvenir booths, while supplies last
  • FYI: NIOSA tickets go on sale March 2
  • The new NIOSA logo will be featured on most 2020 NIOSA souvenirs

For more information, call 210-226-5188, visit http://www.niosa.org, email niosa@niosa.org or follow NIOSA on Facebook.

MORE: Through the magic of 200-plus food, drink and atmosphere booths; 14 continuous live musical acts; children’s games; decorations; souvenirs; and 10,000+ volunteers, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 areas. NIOSA occurs downtown on the grounds of La Villita National Historic District, bounded by the San Antonio River and Alamo, Nueva and Presa streets (approximately five acres). Children 12 and under are not charged admission when accompanied by an adult. Discount advance tickets and e-tickets will be available at http://www.niosa.org and at locations around San Antonio as of March 2, 2020.

“A Night In Old San Antonio” celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy through its 15 cultural areas: Mission Trail (early years of the San Antonio Missions); Arneson Theatre (amphitheater built in 1941 into the natural curve of the city’s river bank); China Town; Clown Alley; French Quarter; Froggy Bottom (cultural contributions of African-Americans); Frontier Town; Haymarket (produce and livestock markets near San Fernando Cathedral during the city’s Spanish Colonial period); International Walkway (showcases different ethnic groups that developed San Antonio’s unique heritage); Irish Flats; Main Street USA; Mexican Market; Sauerkraut Bend; South of the Border (Northern Mexico influences); and Villa España (Spanish and Canary Islanders heritage).

What makes NIOSA unique from festivals around the world?

  • Food items are created, perfected, and prepared by NIOSA volunteers on-site and truly reflect the areas where they can be found. Many dishes can only be enjoyed at NIOSA.
  • All booths are run by Conservation Society volunteers; many are second or third generations of a family. Volunteers come from all over the country to work at NIOSA.
  • On the average, NIOSA revelers annually consume over 13500 lbs. of beef; 11,000 lbs. of chicken; 4,200 lbs. of sausage; 3,800 turkey legs; 25,000 buns, rolls and bolillos; 25,000 tortillas; 1,400 lbs. of masa; 5,300 tamales; 11,200 lbs. of fruits and vegetables; and 800 lbs. of guacamole.
  • All musical acts play all night, every night, of NIOSA

In the past ten years alone, more than $12 million has been netted at NIOSA to enable the Conservation Society to continue its 95-year mission of preserving historic buildings, objects, places and customs relating to the history of Texas and all that is admirably distinctive to the state. Beginning with efforts to prevent historic structures from being razed and to preserve such unique sites as the city’s Spanish Colonial missions, the society has been responsible for saving most of the historic attractions that now make San Antonio one of the top tourist destinations in Texas. Out of the roughly $1.5 million netted annually at NIOSA, proceeds support restoration and preservation of historic properties, parks, waterways and tangible cultural heritage of the city and neighboring counties, as well as education and advocacy programs such as the Heritage Education tours, seminars, grants, scholarships, a resource library and its two house museums.

Two stellar examples of the Conservation Society’s significance and diligence are its:

  • decades-long campaign to conserve the San Antonio’s five Franciscan Missions. Society members purchased items ranging from aqueducts and farmland to the bronze-medallioned door of the San José Granary. It also brokered the establishment of a state park at San José Mission with the Catholic Church in 1941. In 1978 the Society was critical in the creation of the National Historical Park, and in 2006 launched the UNESCO World Heritage nomination that led to the Missions’ inscription in 2015—the only World Heritage Site in Texas.
  • The first Woolworth's lunch counter to peacefully and voluntarily integrate during the sit-in movement was at Alamo and Houston Streets in San Antonio. The Conservation Society has been working with the Coalition for the Woolworth Building over the last year to save this landmark as part of the new Alamo Museum. The Coalition—made of the NAACP, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, West Side Preservation Alliance, San Antonio Growth for the East Side and others—released a compromise plan in May 2019 illustrating how the Woolworth Building could be incorporated into a new Alamo museum. The Society successfully nominated the Woolworth Bldg. as a State Antiquities Landmark in 2019.

NIOSA chairman Terry Schoenert—elected by the Conservation Society in July 2019 as its Fourth Vice President/NIOSA Chairman—volunteers her time all year to plan and coordinate the event, assisted by four NIOSA vice chairs (Dee Wright, Julie Terrell, Lisa Pierce and Deborah Lund) and NIOSA Treasurer Jana Foreman—also volunteers. They oversee the other 10,000 volunteers who contribute more than 74,000 volunteer hours to make NIOSA happen.

“A Night In Old San Antonio®” (NIOSA®) again earned in 2020 one of the highest certifications from the City of San Antonio based on its Green Events Ordinance sustainable policies for medium and large-scale events. In 2011, NIOSA earned the “Platinum Status” in the city’s Fiesta Verde program, the first organization in the city to do so.

NOTES: High-resolution digital images of the medal are available from Jeanne Albrecht at 210-392-9047 or jca@jeannebiz.com.

Complimentary NIOSA media credentials must be coordinated through Jeanne Albrecht; NIOSA does not accept Fiesta SA media passes.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeanne Albrecht

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