The King William Fair will celebrate its 50th Fair in 2017! Our theme and focus for the Parade and Fair is a celebration of the past 50 years.

We are looking for neighbors who grew up in King William, especially those still involved in the neighborhood. We plan to honor those folks with an invitation to be our guests in the Parade.

If you are one of those people or you know a family member, neighbor or friend who grew up in the neighborhood, please contact us at 210-271-3247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. - Zet Baer

The National Park Service (NPS) celebrated its 100th birthday on August 25, 1916. President Wilson signed the bill to create this federal bureau in the Department of the Interior. One purpose of the NPS is to “conserve the scenery of the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” (nps.gov/aboutus/history)

When the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was created 50 years later, the NPS became responsible for the administration of the National Register of Historic Places. The NHRP will celebrate its 50th birthday on October 15. “The National Register is the official Federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation.” (nps.gov/aboutus/history)

Three National Register Historic Districts are located within the boundaries of the King William Association: the U.S. San Antonio Arsenal listed in 1969, King William listed in 1972, and S. Alamo-S. St. Mary’s Streets listed in 1984. - Cherise Bell

Did you know that the King William area is a combination of different subdivision plats? A plat is a map, surveyed, drawn to scale, showing a division of land into blocks, lots, streets and sometimes alleys. The plat is then “recorded” with the County so the land may be sold or developed. One plat in the King William area is labeled “The Spring Addition” and recorded in the Bexar County Plat Book 105 Page 73, dated September 22, 1905.

Read more: Did You Know: Subdivision Plats

Wood Windows are character-defining features of a house. Their size, number of panes and location help identify the building’s style and era the house was constructed. Usually a rotted portion of a window can be replaced by splicing the wood and inserting a new piece.  

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Anatomy of a Window

When I first came to work for the KWA, one of the issues I was asked to address was the number of charity runs held in our neighborhood. “How many could there be?” I asked myself. So we started keeping a calendar of events. From May 2012 to December 2012 there were 21 charity runs in the neighborhood. After reviewing this information with the board and noting that KWA wanted to support our business partners such as HEB and City-sponsored runs such as the Rock-n-Roll Marathon, it was agreed to ask for a maximum of five charity runs and to encourage different routes so the same streets would not be impacted every time.

Read more: Did You Know? March 2014

The King William Association is a nonprofit organization run by a board of directors that is voted upon by the membership, as set forth in its bylaws: “The Board of Directors will be elected by the general membership at the annual meeting of the Association in September.” The affairs of the organization are managed by the board members, who serve one-year terms and are eligible for three (3) consecutive terms. Since board members join the board at different times, this means that about one-third of the board membership changes annually. The KWA board of today is a completely different board from 20 – or even three – years ago. Each year the board is a unique blend of members who represent the “property ownership, geography, gender and ethnicity” of the King William area.

Read more: Did You Know? February 2014

The King William Association Charter was submitted to the State of Texas on July 28, 1967. The purpose of a charter is to proclaim an organization’s purpose and intent. Seven purposes are listed in the King William Charter. This article is about the seventh and last purpose.

7. In support of these purposes, the corporation shall solicit and receive funds and real personal, or mixed property and interests therein by gift, transfer, devise or bequest, and invest such funds and property, subject to such limitations, if any, as may be expressed in any instrument evidencing such gift, transfer, desire or bequest.

Read more: Did You Know? September 2013

The King William Association Charter was submitted to the State of Texas on July 28, 1967. The purpose of a charter is to proclaim an organization’s purpose and intent. Seven purposes are listed in the King William Charter. This article is about the sixth purpose.

6. In further pursuance of this purpose, the corporation shall plan, promote, and conduct activities and special events designed to attract people to the King William Area for educational and cultural pursuits and to promote the arts and crafts.

Read more: Did You Know? August 2013

The King William Association Charter was submitted to the State of Texas on July 28, 1967. The purpose of a Charter is to proclaim an organization’s purpose and intent. Seven purposes are listed in the King William Charter. This article is about the fifth purpose.

5. The corporation shall foster and promote the cooperation and support of individuals, business groups, civic groups, and governmental units in developing tourist attractions in the general area and in strengthening the economic and cultural life of the surrounding area.

Read more: Did You Know? July 2013
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