December 28, 2012
(AUSTIN)—This week the Texas General Land Office and the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) concluded discussions regarding the private entity's use of state property at the historic Alamo complex in San Antonio.
Granted authority over the Alamo in 2011, the Texa...more
November 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Archives staff members at the Texas General Land Office are as busy as elves this time of year, stuffing tubes with historic map reproductions and sending them off to good Texans all over the globe.
"Online sales in December earn more for Save Texas History than any other time of the year...more
October 24, 2012
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted today to allow the return of Col. Travis' "Victory or Death" letter to the Alamo in March for the 177th Anniversary of its writing. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, custodian of the Shrine of Texas Liberty, made the request for the hist...more
September 26, 2012
(SAN ANTONIO)—After sitting in the shadow of the historic Alamo church for 76 years, the Alamo Gift Shop will finally be getting some long-awaited attention of its own. On October 1, for the first time in history, a private company will begin operating the gift shop for the Cradle of Texas Liberty unde...more
August 27, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Take the time to listen to an old veterans story while you still can, urges Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board.
The Voices of Veterans "Every Veteran has a Story to Tell" exhibit is in its final week at the Capitol Visitor's Center. The interactive, multi-media exh...more
July 12, 2012
(AUSTIN)—By land and by sea, Federal troops invaded Texas four times during the War Between the States. They never once succeeded.
Why and how Texas became one of just two southern states to succeed at fending off northern aggression is just one of the topics sure to fire debates and imaginations at the Thi...more
June 25, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Westbrook Intermediate School's Kelly Sang, 12, is the Seventh Grade Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Texas Travels essay contest, sponsored by the Texas General Land Office's Save Texas History Program.
Kelly's action-packed essay tells the bloody story of how Bandera County got its name, ...more
June 25, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Caldwell Arts Academy's Quinn Boozer, 9, is the Fourth Grade Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Texas Travels essay contest, sponsored by the Texas General Land Office's Save Texas History Program.
Quinn's entry, an imagined journal, tells the story of Coronado's ill-fated quest for gold from...more
May 16, 2012
(SAN ANTONIO)—Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, today announced San Antonio resident Stephen Oswald has been named the first-ever State Director of the Alamo. In this position, Oswald will oversee daily operation and management of the Alamo by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas ...more
February 29, 2012
(AUSTIN)—An authentic Texas treasure will be put on rare public display Friday at the Alamo in celebration of Texas Independence Day.
Samuel Maverick's personal copy of the 1836 Declaration of Texas Independence - one of just 13 original copies - will be put on public display from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p...more
February 29, 2012
(AUSTIN)—A replica of the 18-pound cannon William Barret Travis answered Santa Anna's demand for surrender with makes a defiant return to the Alamo Friday in celebration of Texas Independence Day and the 176th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo.
"This cannon is the very symbol of the Texians' ...more