Colleen Swain '89 | Monday Lunch

World Heritage Office of San Antonio

About the Presentation

Colleen Swain will provide a brief overview of the City of San Antonio's World Heritage Office, our UNESCO designations and the upcoming World Heritage Center. Colleen Swain has served as Director of the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office since April 2016. The office was established to promote the San Antonio Missions, the first and only World Heritage site in Texas, through the implementation of a work plan developed with community input. The work plan was created to maximize the socio-economic benefits of the designation while balancing the needs of both the visitor and resident.

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In 2017, Ms. Swain coordinated the City’s successful application to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of gastronomy. San Antonio is currently one of nine Creative Cities in the U.S. and one of two in the category of gastronomy. Ms. Swain serves as the Focal Point for San Antonio and Coordinator for all the UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy. In 2024, the City of San Antonio was also accepted into the prestigious Delice Network, joining two other U.S. Cities in linking food and gastronomy to city development, promotion, and overall wellbeing of its citizens. Additionally, the office manages the historic Mission Marquee Plaza, the former 1940’s Mission Drive-in Theatre, that today provides free cultural programming to the community, and Spanish Governor's Palace, a National Historic Landmark constructed in the early 18th century and restored in the 1930s.

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Ms. Swain is a member of U.S. ICOMOS and serves on the Bureau of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism (ICTC). She is active in the Organization of World Heritage Cities, a Certified Professional Guide through the Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio, a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation, and a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Texas A&M University at College Station and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Monday Lunch

July 15, 2024


Doors Open at 11:00 AM

Lunch Served at 11:30 AM
Program Begins at 12:00 PM


Aggie Park

6205 West Ave.

San Antonio Texas 78213


Members $12
Non-members $17





Smoked Pork Loin

Southern Sides & Salad

Coffee & Tea


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