History: The Ursuline Convent & Academy was established in 1851, when seven Catholic nuns arrived in San Antonio to start South Texas first school for girls. For more than 100 years, girls of all nationalities, taking classes taught in English, Spanish, French and German, studied and lived on this site. When the Ursuline Academy closed, the buildings and grounds fell into disrepair but were saved from certain ruin by a cadre of far-sighted women, including Emily Edwards, through hard work, persuasion and vision. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes on this historic site about a half century ago, the Southwest School of Art started as a small community art school, but its high standards and expectations have transformed it into a national leader in visual arts education. In celebration of these remarkable stories of learning and creativityof tenacity and restorationof cultures and transitionsthere is a small History Museum on the Ursuline Campus, which is free and open to the public. Trained docents give tours for interested individuals or small groups, or you can visit the museum and walk the grounds on your own. Docent-led tours are available from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday, or by special request.If possible, please book at least one week in advance. The Southwest School of Art also carries commemorative items, including: School by the River (by Maria Watson Pfeiffer) hardbound $20 softbound $15 Stones, Bells, Lighted Candles (by Emily Edwards) softbound $5.00 F. Giraud and San Antonio (by Emily Edwards) softbound $5.00 Tapestry Cards (Set of 10) $8.00 Post Cards (set of 4) $4.25 Pin $4.00 (lg) $3.00 (sm) Medal $7.50.