St. Mary's Strip History Project Collaborators

Abra Schnur

Oral History

Abra is the University Archivist at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Her interest in oral history stems from her time as an arts and culture reporter for Texas Public Radio. She directed the Flying Voices Oral History Project, interviewing former employees of Braniff International in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. 

Abra grew up on the St. Mary's Strip.  Some of her earliest memories are eating at the original El Milagrito and listening to music at Tycoon Flats, St. Mary's Bar and Grill, Salute (yes, she remembers being squeezed in there with her grandmother one time) and the Cactus Bar with her family. As a teen she found her style on the strip by shopping at places like Eclectica and Blue Moon.  As soon as she could, she was attending shows at the White Rabbit and techno nights at El Toro.  In her 20s she was always to be seen at The Mix or Limelight.  

After being away from San Antonio since 2008, she returned in 2020 to find much of San Antonio, and certainly the St. Mary's Strip, was not what it once was.  With her background in archives and oral history she immediately saw a need to document the evolution of the strip and began planning out the process. She hopes the St. Mary's Strip History Project can serve as a space for the community to share and reflect, a place to explore the complex history of the entertainment district and neighborhood, and act as a resource for future generations.

Michael Ann Coker


Michael Ann Coker operates Tex Pop (Texas Popular Music Museum) a local community archive focused on becoming a "premier source of South Texas music history providing artifacts, information, and analysis of music’s impact on popular culture." TexPop will be leading the St. Mary's History Project history harvest to build their archive of St. Mary's Strip memorabilia. In addition to creating pop-up exhibits on a variety of music-related themes, Tex Pop regularly schedules one-day events with speakers, discussion panels, and documentary screenings as well as music performances.  Tex Pop is located at the Corn Pound, 6336 Montgomery Road in San Antonio.

Thank you to our other supporters in this work when able, Bob Flores and Anthony Garcia.

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Want to help? What is your expertise?  We all have one.  Outreach, web content, research? Got a scanner for history harvest days?  Let’s get together and make this telling of history happen! Please email to reach out.