On Monday, September 12, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., there will be a blood drive at The Alamo at Alamo Hall. Anyone that is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form, or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood. An identification card is required.
For more information, contact Pattie Sandoval at 512-225-1391, ext. 44.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas President General, Commissioner Patterson discuss Alamo’s future
Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, met Monday with the leader of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas to discuss the future of The Alamo — the “Cradle of Texas Liberty.”
Karen R. Thompson, President General of the 8,000-member The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and Patterson discussed the upcoming negotiations following the passage of legislation related to the operation and management of the Alamo by the 82nd Texas Legislature in May.
“Commissioner Patterson and I had a very productive talk about The Alamo and its future,” Thompson said. “I am confident that we will be able to work well with Commissioner Patterson and the Land Office to devise a contract for the Daughters’ continued management of the Alamo.”
Patterson said Monday’s meeting was a good opportunity to meet with The Daughters of the Republic of Texas’ leadership and talk about the future.
“The Daughters of the Republic of Texas certainly have the best interest of the Alamo at heart,” Patterson said. “We look forward to working with them as we move into the next chapter of The Alamo’s long and storied history.”
Thompson said The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Land Office will begin actual negotiations on a contract in September after the formal enacting date of the legislation.
“Right now, we’re listening and learning,” Patterson said. “The Daughters have been involved with the Alamo for 106 years more than we have, so we’ve got a significant learning curve at the Land Office.”
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Board of Management have already met several times with Land Office officials to discuss Alamo operations and familiarize the agency with the shrine’s operation.
The Alamo and The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park presents From Mission to Shrine: A Review of Texas History 1519 – 1836, this Wednesday, July 27, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. t0 4:00 p.m. For more information, click on the link below.
“Custodian, benefactors and to the Daughters of the Republic, it is an honor for five Paisley men of Scotland to be standing on the same soil as 189 patriots who defended this mission for 13 days in 1836 in the name of freedom and became heroes for their cause,” thus began the Proclamation to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. On June 23, the DRT President General, Karen R. Thompson, formally welcomed Bill Chadwick, the owner of the Alamo Bar in Paisley, Scotland, and bar regulars Peter Taylor, Laurence Roche, Frank Carroll, and Stuart Caldwell to The Alamo and the DRT Library.
For more information about the visit and pictures, check out the DRT Library’s Blog.
The author John R. Knaggs will be at The Alamo on Friday, July 15, and Saturday July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a book signing event featuring his latest book, “The Bugles Are Silent,” an historical novel of the Texas Revolution from The Alamo to San Jacinto.
Coming up on July 21-22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Alamo, Alamo History Night featuring special guest speaker, The Honorable State Senator, Jeff Wentworth; The Alamo Historian and Curator, Dr. Bruce Winders; and, the famed Alamo author of “The Illustrated Alamo – 1836″ and his latest book, “13 – The Alamo Book of Days,” as well as the creator of The Alamo diorama, Mark Lemon.
Pam Jary Rosser the DRT’s on-site conservator at The Alamo Shrine made a “remarkable” discovery. Carved into the limestone wall and through Spanish mission period plaster was the inscription “1802”. So, what could this discovery tell us about the history of The Alamo?
For more information about the significance of this discovery, please click here for the full Press Release.
DRT looks forward to beginning an exciting new chapter in the history of the Daughters’ stewardship of the Alamo,” said Karen R. Thompson, President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
For a copy of the press release, please click here.