Commissioner Bush reconstituted the Alamo Endowment Board with A-list Texas titans. Texas visionaries Ramona Bass, Jim Dannenbaum, Red McCombs, Lew Moorman, Gene Powell, Welcome Wilson Jr., Hope Andrade and Francisco G. Cigarroa joined Commissioner Bush to bring new expertise, purpose and vision to the Alamo. The members of the Endowment Board, the committees and the advisory groups have come together and demonstrated a selfless dedication to the Cradle of Texas Liberty.
Commissioner Bush signed a historic cooperative agreement with the City of San Antonio and the Alamo Endowment to develop a joint master plan for the Alamo Historic District and the Alamo Complex. The parties will fund and oversee the development of a joint master plan and the implementation of that plan. The planning process will be managed by the GLO and the Endowment, in coordination with the city, and will benefit by a huge infusion of capital including $17 million previously approved by the City Council, $31 million approved by the state legislature and the raising of private dollars by the endowment.
Commissioner Bush took responsibility for management of daily operations at the Alamo, with a vision to bring new focus to preserving the Shrine of Texas Liberty and tell the story of the men who died there in 1836. Their final stand still inspires visitors from across our state, the nation, and the world to visit the Alamo, where men chose to die free rather than live in oppression. We must work to ensure what visitors find there honors that sacrifice and tells the full story of the Alamo’s 300-year history.
Commissioner Bush approved construction efforts at the Alamo, including the following: Long barrack repair, Alamo Hall patio roof replacement, Alamo hall doors, IT cabling, acequia, Alamo Research Center library porch, fire code compliance, wall of history, tree maintenance, shrine stabilization.
Commissioner Bush led the way to acquire buildings adjacent to Alamo plaza: the Crockett, Woolworth and Palace buildings. The purchase was funded by the Texas Legislature’s and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s and Gov. Greg Abbott’s approval of $31.5 million to preserve and restore the Alamo and to jumpstart the master planning process. A portion of the buildings stands on the Alamo’s 1836 footprint. Their historic purchase will allow the General Land Office to push the experience at the Alamo to new heights. The heroes of the Alamo gave the great state of Texas a future of freedom, and by working together in their shadow with local and city partners we can tell a story of a brighter future for Texas’ most important piece of history.