November 20, 2013
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Texas is so big that even Santa needs a map – or three.
Historical maps posted on the Texas General Land Office website make quick, easy gifts for anyone who loves the Lone Star State and its colorful past. But best of all, proceeds from the sales preserve historic documents and...more
October 30, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Despite spectacular and erroneous reports to the contrary, the Alamo is not being turned over to the United Nations — or anyone else for that matter.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today attempted once again to let Texans know that if the Alamo and the other Spanish missions in S...more
October 03, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Despite a slapdash and erroneous online news report, the Alamo remains open for business during the partial shutdown of the federal government.
“This is a good example of why things that matter most to Texans — like the Alamo — remain Texan, just like the Chr...more
September 04, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Two years after lawmakers turned the Alamo over to the Texas General Land Office, big changes at the state’s top tourist attraction have reinforced the Shrine of Texas Liberty, both financially and culturally. The state’s oldest agency took over stewardship of the Alamo on Sept....more
August 26, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—Today, the Alamo and the Texas General Land Office announced the long-awaited follow-up to the highly successful Travis Letter exhibit with an exhibition of rare, original Spanish documents dating back to the foundation of the Alamo, and the mission system in San Antonio, in the 1700s. ...more
August 12, 2013
(AUSTIN)—William Barret Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter drew record crowds to the Alamo this spring, and a Texas General Land Office public service announcement heralding its return just won two Telly Awards — the premiere honor for outstanding local, regional and c...more
July 24, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—A free outdoor screening of the major film release “The Alamo” is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Alamo in San Antonio.
No, not at the dine-in movie house of the same name, but at the Alamo itself – specifically, on the lawn behind the mission.
The public i...more
July 10, 2013
(SAN ANTONIO)—Contrary to Texas folklore, the battle of the Alamo was not fought on the coldest winter on record. Nor was the army comprised of all non-conscripted, civilian volunteers.
And did you know that there were over 20 survivors of the siege — not zero as commonly reported?
These and other myth...more
July 01, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A planned boxing promotion at Alamo Plaza Monday desecrates the Shrine of Texas Liberty, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said.
“This would not happen at Gettysburg. No one would even imagine holding such an event at the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor,” Patterson s...more
June 19, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Today, 148 years after African-Americans in Texas learned of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson once again called on state leaders to finally honor the Juneteenth anniversary at the seat of government.
As a state Senator in 1997, Patterson was...more
March 07, 2013
(THE ALAMO)—Once again, the William B. Travis "Victory or Death" letter is leaving the Alamo. Unlike its first journey 177 years ago when the letter was meant to reach all Texans, the letter is now leaving public view for the confines of a guarded vault.
As it is placed on the big blue truc...more
February 21, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced viewers across the world will be able to witness the return of the iconic William Barret Travis "Victory or Death" letter to the Alamo starting Friday. The arrival ceremony and exhibit at the Alamo will be carried live on the World W...more
February 20, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Col. William Travis' plea for help at the Alamo may have been too late for him, but his "Victory or Death" letter's historic return Friday has marshaled broad support for the Alamo today.
"It is not surprising, but still fulfilling to see everyone fall in like this to celebrate the histor...more
February 05, 2013
(THE ALAMO, SAN ANTONIO)—The reimagined Alamo Gift Shop reopens at 9 a.m. Friday with dramatic flare, as a William Barret Travis reenactor slashes through the ceremonial ribbon with his sword.
Members of the media can get a sneak peak of the new store and its one-of-a-kind-Alamo merchandise Thursday afternoon...more
January 24, 2013
(AUSTIN)—When the brash, 26-year-old commander of the Alamo wrote his plea for help on February 24, 1836, he was clear about his chances for surviving the siege by Mexican troops under Santa Anna. But Col. William Barret Travis knew the power of his words. He chose them carefully and crafted a message that ...more
January 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—William Barret Travis' famous "Victory or Death" letter will make its return to the Alamo at 4 p.m. Friday, February 22 for a grand celebration at Alamo Plaza. This will be the first time it has been at the Alamo since it left with a courier on horseback under the cover of darkness during...more