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Power of a LegacyA Virtual Salon Series

Walter at Villa Finale

We bring our signature salon series to YOUR salon!

2020 marks Villa Finale’s tenth year in operation as the only site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This year’s series, Power of a Legacy, celebrates that anniversary with featured guest presenters expert in fields that were of special interest to Villa Finale’s final owner, Walter Mathis.

For the safety and health of our guests, we’ve taken this series virtual via webinar format, allowing each participant to enjoy these intimate talks from the comfort of their own home. From preservation and military history to entertaining and collecting, this series will enlighten and entertain, while keeping you safe.

As a special bonus, we will be offering these webinars FREE with advance registration.


Thursday, September 3rdHospitality

Olivier Bourgoin
Wine Broker & Freelance Food Writer

Olivier Bourgoin is a freelance writer specializing in producing food, wine, and restaurant-centric articles for several local publications. He also works in wine sales as an independent wine broker and has been a featured weekly guest on KTSA Radio (550 AM) since 2001 as “Olivier the Wine Guy.” He has given lectures on wine-related topics to a number of groups, including the San Antonio Museum Society, National Public Radio, and the Institute of Texan Cultures Adult Education Program. Olivier is currently working on a food-centric book with a San Antonio theme.

Thursday, September 3rd
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Register here for this free webinar

Join us for futurePower of a Legacy virtual talks!

Thursday, October 8thPreservation

Ashley Wilson, FAIA, ASID
Chief Architect for the Historic Sites at the
National Trust for Historic Preservation


Thursday, November 12thMilitary Service

Major General Angie Salinas
Retired Officer & Chief Executive Officer,
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas


Thursday, December 3rdCollecting Fine Art & Antiques

Lark Mason, Jr.
Art & Antiques Expert, Appraiser, & Author

Registration links for each talk will be available soon.

VF Virtual ToursStay distant, but see EVERYTHING with our incredible virtual tours

Staff Favorites
With Executive Director, Jane Lewis

Join Jane Lewis, Executive Director of Villa Finale, as she takes a quick trip though some of her favorite objects in Villa Finale’s vast collection, including prized paintings from the Cuzco School and Colonial retablos.


Music For Your Eyes
Tour Preview

This tongue-in-cheek preview teases Villa Finale’s signature music tour, Music For Your Eyes, coming soon!


Introduction to Villa Finale – Spanish Edition
with Sylvia Gonzalez-Pizaña

Manager of Collections & Interpretation, Sylvia Gonzalez-Pizaña, takes you on a quick Spanish-language tour of Villa Finale’s first floor.

Tell The Full StoryTravel virtually and learn about fascinating topics with our new blog series

Click here to delve into a fascinating story with Villa Finale Museum Attendant, Doug Daye, and learn about cosmetics and business pioneer and self-made millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker.


We may not be able to travel right now, but thanks to Villa Finale staffer Doug Daye we can still visit the Pueblo Grande Museum! Click here to visit this fascinating site virtually.

Getting to Know...Villa FinaleRoll up your sleeves and really get to know Villa Finale with these deep dives into our vast collection

“What’s It?” Wednesday
With Sara Breshears

Interpretive Guide, Sara Breshears, introduces at-home viewers to special items in Villa Finale’s collection via “guessing game.” How keen is your eye? Find out here!

View Number One in our series...

Then view for the answer reveal!

View Number Two in our series...

Then view for the answer reveal!


Collecting History: Stories Inspired by Villa Finale’s Most Weird & Wonderful Curiosities
With Sylvia Gonzalez-Pizaña

Our new video and blog series will highlight objects in the collection that aren’t always highlighted during our regular tours, but have more stories to tell than the eye can behold.

Click here for our introductory blog post and view the accompanying video below.


Ask Villa Finale
With Sylvia Gonzalez-Pizaña

Want to know even more about the collections at Villa Finale? Just ask! Manager of Collections & Interpretation, Sylvia Gonzalez-Pizaña gives in-depth answers to questions about our many incredible items and insights on many favorite old stories from this venerable home.

Learn about our Chevaux de Marly sculpture.

Learn about the mystery surrounding Napoleon's death mask. (English version. Scroll down for the Spanish version.)

Learn about the mystery surrounding Napoleon's death mask. (Spanish version.)

Learn more about a classic Villa Finale love story

Learn more about one of our favorite music boxes. (Spanish version.)

See something you want to know more about? Email us at villafinale@villafinale.org!


A Witness to Change

This presentation, shown in video format, is one our staff gives to many of the group tours we host at our historic site. This four part series covers how the history of the house – known as “Villa Finale” – mirrors that of San Antonio. Enjoy this formerly in person-only offering from the comfort of your home!

Part One of this series

Part Two of this series

Part Three of this series

Educational & Family ProgrammingEnjoy the light side of Villa Finale with these fun and educational programs!

Enter…The Cocktail
With Orlando Cortinas

Multi-talented Buildings & Grounds Manager, Orlando Cortinas, introduces viewers to historic cocktail in this engaging new series. Join Orlando and some special guests as we cover cocktails by the decade, beginning with the 1870s.

View a demonstration of this 1870s classic!


Let's Start With Art!

Explore our collections and learn to make a masterpiece of your own with these virtual art activities.