Updated map link for Pilgrim's Camp, Added Memoriam for David Larremore. I will be bringing a roster and powder to Pilgrim's Camp.
Calendar updates, an addition to the Sutler's List (Maggie May
Fashions women's clothing), and...
For those insured by Reenactor's Coalition, it's coming due again in December. $10 per person just like last year, and I need a list of who's in... email me yes, no, or questions.
I have been asked an interesting question and I don't know the answer... do you? When (and possibly why) did Texas quit closing schools, banks etc for Texas Independence Day on March 2? email me...
Calendar change: Battle of Bejar date change from Dec 4 to Dec 11 with new contact info.
Finally! I got the Calendar up and running, and now I could use help finding the errors/omissions.
Where does the time go? More updates to the Calendar of Events (see Events By Name) and thanks for the corrections... The Calendar proper is misbehaving badly and it looks like I'm going to have to rebuild the graphic from scratch. Patience, patience....
The new Calendar is still being hammered out, but the Event Details is up and running through the links on the main page and the index at the top... Some Events Still Need Updating. (Yes, Scott, especially the WoB monthlies.) To do the updates, I need the data.... send me what you have. Thanks Patty T for letting me know the 175th is called the Quartoseptcentennial. Try saying that one at all.....
Where does the time go?
OK Folks, it's time... This year is a little different.
Once again, the TLA Calendar of Events needs updating. I need to know what Texas Rev events are happening, when, where, who to contact... the usual.
What's NOT usual is that this is the 175th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution, and TLA is planning a commemorative (paper) calendar. This means that events for the paper calendar need to be confirmed quick, so we can include them... The plan is to have the event name, location (city), and a "more info at" (event website). For events from September to December, I need dates for both 2010 and 2011 if available....
Surprise (to us) time change for Alamo Defenders ceremony at the Capitol, Austin:
March 7, 2010 - Alamo Defenders Memorial Service, Texas State Capitol grounds, Congress Ave. and 11th Street, Austin. Memorial service and musket volley to honor the defenders of the Alamo. TIME CHANGE: NOON. . Volley participants: Safety check is at 11:30 AM. Must be at safety check to participate in volley. Loading will be from cartridges (no horns or flasks). Bring enough cartridges for 3 shots. RSVPJim Price.This event is rated 3.
Here's a few more upcoming events of various types. Remember to RSVP and let folks know you're coming...
Barrington Farm, WOB: These events will be held at Barrington Living History Farm, located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155. The hours of operation are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily. For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246. Farm admission fees are Adults-- $5.00; Students-- $3.00; with children 6 and under admitted free. State Park pass holders are admitted free as well. Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available. For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246.
23-24 January 2010 Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Many of the animals raised on the farm were raised for that purpose. Pork has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. There are different varieties of curing, but they all serve the purpose of preserving it to eat later. Join us for our own butchering and curing weekend. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
January 30th & 31st, 2010 Men and women of the early frontier were, by necessity, required to have knowledge of many skills that today we take for granted. Today, we can go to the store and buy ready-made clothing, linens and decorations for our home. We have no concept of the hours that go into the making of these items, especially if they are handmade. Throughout the park, visitors can observe as well as learn these various skills through hands-on activities. Making Every Stitch Count will be held at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site off Highway 105 on FM 1155 between Navasota and Brenham. The hours of operation for this event are Saturday and Sunday, January 30th & 31st, 2010 starting at 10:00am and continuing until 4:30pm.
December 12th, 2009 Christmas; a time for gathering with friends and family and for singing carols around the open fire. A time for making surprises tucked away in pretty packages, for feasting on goodies made with love, and for making wonderful memories. Join the Barrington Living History Farm staff on December 12th, 2009 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm as we celebrate this special season with An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas and with many more surprises to come. An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas will be held at Barrington Living History Farm, located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical site off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155. The hours of operation for this event are Saturday, December 12th from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246.
From the DRT: Saturday, December 12, 2009 Béxar: December 1835--Prelude to the Alamo.
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
Open to the Public, $10.00 ticket fee per person
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Alamo will present a unique educational opportunity on the evening of Saturday, December 12, 2009. The public is invited to view a museum gallery presentation entitled Béxar: December 1835--Prelude to the Alamo. Visitors will be escorted through the grounds to view a series of historical vignettes designed to tell the story of the Battle of Béxar and events that led to the second battle for the town—the Battle of the Alamo.
Due to the nature of the event, the audience will be limited to the first 500 who purchase tickets for this exciting event. For tickets and more information, contact Ernesto Rodriguez at 210-225-1391, ext. 28
Payment should be mailed to the following address:
Prelude to the Alamo
P.O. Box 2599
San Antonio, Texas 78299.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE December 13, 2009
The San Jacinto Chapter, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas invites you to a Christmas Open House, honoring Friends of the Log House on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Pioneer Memorial Log House Museum, 1510 North MacGregor (1510 Cambridge-street name is changing), Hermann Park.
Come join us along with the Children of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Texian Army for Wassail lemonade and holiday cheer. The Log House will be decorated in 1830’s style along with our beautiful Christmas Tree and Reenactors in Republic of Texas period dress.
The CRT (Children of the Republic of Texas) are collecting and donating toys to the Ben Taub Pediatric Center. Please bring a small toy (unwrapped).
For additional information, contact Eron Brimberry Tynes, email@example.com
November 5, 2009 French Legation Museum: Remembering Miss Lillie, Museum Open House and Reception
Please be our guest at Remembering Miss Lillie, an open house and reception honoring Miss Lillie Robertson. Miss Lillie lived in the French Legation's historic home for 83 years, preserving the building and its history. Please join us in honoring Miss Lillie and celebrating her legacy 70 years after her death.
Best wishes, Aimée Garten
French Legation Museum
Remembering Miss Lillie, Museum Open House and Reception
Candlelight open house illustrating mourning practices of the Victorian era in North America.
Reception with light refreshments. Tributes and fellowship.
Special guests from Save Austin's Cemeteries for further information, volunteer opportunities, and community learning.
Event Info: Thursday, November 5, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 in the evening. Free Admission.
French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Historic East Austin, Texas
Sometimes we wish life didn't get in the way of our hobbies... My deep apologies for the delays. This is going to be a long one...
Calendar details are online, but the main calendar still needs updating (links). If you find anything needing correction or updating, email me.
New book on Presidio La Bahia:Silent Witness to Texas History: Archeology and Artifacts of Goliad's Presidio La Bahia By Anne A. Fox, Samuel P. Nesmith, & Daniel E. Fox
Copyright 2009 and Published by Presidio La Bahia and the Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas Printed by Morgan Printing of Austin
Mail request for copy(ies) @ $55 each plus tax and $4.00 for shipping for a total of $62.50 per book. Checks should be made payable to Presidio La Bahia.
Newton Warzecha, Director of Presidio La Bahia, P.O. Box 57, Goliad, Texas 77963
By phone to order, contact Mr. Warzecha at: (361) 645-3752, with credit card information*
By e-mail to order, contact Mr. Warzecha at: Presidiolabahia@goliad.net, with credit card information
PLB only accepts Mastercard and Visa
In the Houston area:
Rededication of an Official Texas Historical Marker
Houston Independent School District, the Harris County Historical Commission, and the Magnolia Park Historical Preservation Association invite you to a marker unveiling that honors the Texas historic figure
Lorenzo de Zavala
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 10:00 AM
De Zavala Elementary School, HISD, 7521 Avenue H, Houston, Texas 77012
RSVP Email me...
I was wondering if your group knew of anyone re-enacting the Texas War for Independence on the East coast? In Virginia specifically. Thanks for the help.
This year's Stephen F. Austin birthday celebration at the State Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, Halloween day, October 31, 2009, at 10:00. I sure would like for you to put this on the TLA calendar, and conduct the black powder rifle salute, as you have done the past two years. Maybe there wont be a funeral going on like there was on Texas Independence Day. It was still a good day, but I missed the rifle salutes.
Thank you, Bob Reese
RSVP for the rifle volley: Email me.
From Scott McMahon:
In 2011 we will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texian War for Independence. Among the many events, celebrations and commemorations we are working on a immersive living history event portraying the events leading up to as well as, the siege and fall of the Alamo. We are currently working out details to host the event at Bracketville and to accommodate the festivities in San Antonio and avoid scheduling conflicts, we will likely be holding the event in late February. Seeing as how the event is just shy of a year and a half away it’s really time to start rounding up your units and tweaking physical impressions.
There's more... a lot more... Email Scott if you're interested or even just curious.
From Washington on the Brazos:
Subject: Upcoming Living History Events at WOB SHS
October 16th-17th, 2009 - Storytellin' at the Tavern- Once again the old Anson Jones kitchen will serve as the local tavern and the perfect setting for storytellin' . This time rather than merrymaking we will offer an hour long program of tale telling and yarn spinning in the finest tradition of the old time Texians. Visitors will settle in to a period setting after a brief introduction and the tale telling will begin. This is a special after hours program in keeping with the holiday season and will be offered two times per evening at 6PM and 7:30, on Friday and Saturday or per registration. Due to the nature of this type of program all attendees will be required to pre-register.
November 14th, 2009 - Texas History Symposium- This one day history symposium will focus on the Texian War of Independence and the early republic period. Lead presenter for the symposium will be Dr. Richard Winders, curator of the Alamo and military historian and he will be joined by other noted Texas historians. Speakers will present sessions on military and social culture of the revolutionary and republic eras. This one day symposium will be held at Washington on the Brazos SHS.
December 12th, 2009 – Christmas up in Washington- Experience the magic of the holiday season with a candlelight visit to Independence Hall, the Birthplace of Texas. Enjoy caroling in the Visitor Center while shopping for those special gifts. Afterwards, stroll down a candlelit trail to Independence Hall, and enjoy stories of Washington's past and learn how the residents of Washington would have celebrated the holiday season. Discover the holiday traditions at Washington on the Brazos….they just might become your traditions as well. Designed to coincide with Barrington Farm's event, this special program will be an ongoing experience from 6PM to 8PM.
January 16th, 2010 – Passing through Washington- In 1836 David Crockett and four friends spent the night in Washington headed to Bexar to join the Texian forces gathered there. While in Washington the traveler's likely visited with recruits gathering in the area as a part of the ever growing Texas Army. Visitor's will get a chance to meet Crockett and some of his traveling companions as well as locals gathered to see the famous Bear Hunter and Politician and if the Col. is of mind(and he always is!), visitor's will be treated to some of his tall tales and hunting stories. This special program is on-going throughout the day.
February 27th-28th, 2010 – Texas Independence Day- March 2nd, 1836 is one of, if not the most important dates in Texas history. The importance of that date is most relevant here at Washington on the Brazos SHS. Washington was the town where Texians declared independence from Mexico and as such is know as the Birthplace of Texas. Come out and spend the weekend visiting with us here at the park. Admission to the park is free and there will be folks demonstrating period crafts, food vendors from all over Texas, period music by local musicians and historic figures on hand to visit with you about the early days of Texas.
February 27th, 2010 – Who were the Washington Guards?- While most Texans have heard of the garrison of the Alamo and Goliad and of Sam Houston's army at San Jacinto, most don't know that there was a militia unit raised right here in Washington during the revolution! In March of 1836, amidst the chaos of the revolution local citizens from Washington were formed into a volunteer unit to serve as part of Sam Houston's command. The Washington Guards did their duty acting as rear guard for the Runaway Scrape as well as participating in the battle of San Jacinto. Visitors will learn who these men were, what they were fighting for and what became of them after the revolution was over. This special one hour program will take place at Independence Hall and will be scheduled twice daily at 11AM and 3PM.
March 20th, 2010 - Original Texas Women- An early visitor to Texas once remarked, "Whether she be handsome or homely, accomplished or otherwise, all women made their mark on Texas. " This program will share stories of the lives of early women settlers, who had connections with the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. They may have been spouses, children, or grandchildren of these early Texas patriots. Drop by Independence Hall and celebrate with us the lives of these original Texas Women. Designed to coincide with Barrington Farm's event, True Texas Women, this special one hour program will take place at Independence Hall and will be scheduled twice daily at 11AM and 3PM.
April 17th, 2010 – Republic of Texas District Court Day- Washington hosted the district court during the later 1830's and into the early 1840's. Notable judge, ranger and Texian icon, R.M. Williamson presided over district court here in Washington during the republic era. It was also here in Washington that Commodore Moore came for his court martial after returning from his adventures in the Gulf of Mexico.
Now almost one hundred and seventy years later the district court will be returning to Washington. Court will convene in Convention Hall and will hear several cases, some based on historic cases while others will be created for the event. Participants in the case from the attorneys to the plaintiffs will be dressed in period clothing and will be conducting the trial based on mid 19th century law in the Republic. Visitors will be encouraged to sit in on the trials and if interested, serve as jurors.
May 15th, 2010 – Rowdy Loafers and Upstanding Citizens- Texas is full of colorful characters from rough and ready frontiersmen to upstanding citizens. This special program focuses on the clothing and accessories of some of these male character types as well as their manners(or lack thereof), and habits. Visitors will not only get a chance to see what these characters looked like but will also be able to examine some of the typical garments and accessories worn and used by these men. This special one hour program will take place at Independence Hall and will be scheduled twice daily at 11AM and 3PM.
The following is from a medieval history group, but we can learn from their experience on this… I added a few “ed.” notes for (I hope) clarity. No, I don't know these folks; this is being passed around.
Subject: A cautionary Regia fire tale… and lessons learned!
This wouldn’t have been a problem if they kept the wood away from the fire. (Except... things happen. -ed.)
It's a good thing that Osk (the group –ed.) ensures that there is a fire extinguisher on site, along with containers of water. Kim was impressed, when I was going through the 'village' health and safety at Semington (an event -ed.), at our provisions. Go Osk! :) -Jx
After reading the emails concerning the incident at UpHolland I felt I wanted to put the sequence of events in writing, so that what actually happened is on record, and written by someone who actually witnessed and took part in the incident.
Just before 4.00am I woke up to what I thought was heavy rain on my tent. I thought it didn't sound quite right, so I got up to investigate. The sound was in fact that of a fierce fire crackling under the awning of the fire shelter. (Think fire under a fly, like at a rain event. –ed.)
As I stared at the scene, Tamzin, in the tent next to mine, and who had also woken to the sound, came out of her tent.
The fire was a few centimetres from the roof of the fire shelter. The firebox had burned through and the wood beside it was also burning. It was a considerable blaze.
We decided that it was dangerous, and needed immediate attention as other items in the vicinity posed even more danger, and there were adjacent, occupied tents to consider.
We used water as this was the only effective method to hand of reducing the blaze, and administered the water gradually, working from the outside in - under no circumstances did we simply throw the water at the fire. Admittedly, I had no idea of the consequences, and, although I now know what happens when you throw water on very hot sand, I still believe there was little choice.
The sand did explode (Their words, my emphasis. –ed.) showering both of us with hot sand and sending burning embers some distance onto a nearby car. Tamzin took the worst of it, the sand covering the front of her and some way down her back. I was coated down one side of my body. Luckily, neither of us sustained any injury from it, other than a high degree of surprise. The water did the trick and damped the fire down to a manageable level - we then carried on raking the fire apart to further reduce the risk, after removing several lumps of burning wood from the nearby car.
We stayed up, sat by the remains of the fire and prevented some attempted flare-ups until others woke and dealt with the aftermath.
It was serious, but no one was injured.
Lessons were learned, and, no doubt, procedures should be examined.
Certainly, had we taken another path and tried to rouse people before doing something, the possibility of someone being hurt, I believe, would have been greater.
After the explosion, Helen, and Chris woke and came to help. Most of the fire was out and they returned to bed - their assistance gratefully received nonetheless.
Sand reached the back of the work shelter and coated the roof, and was in fact found in large lumps in the food tent when the site was being dismantled. In one instance a lump of sand had melted a hole in the plastic tarpaulin on the floor. This illustrates, again, the seriousness, but, again, no one was hurt.
So far for the next Calendar:
Oct 17, Belton: Fundraiser for South Belton Cemetery. Living History, posible camping, I need to know how many would be interested so I can coordinate with the event sponsors...
Oct 31 S F Austin birthday at Texas State Cemetery
Nov 6-8, Taking of the Presidio www.takingofthepresidio.com (see below, 5/8 #2)
Other items of note:
June 4, Noon: Gen. Lewis of the Texas Army is speaking at the San Jacinto Chapter of the SRT. This event is in the rear of the Post Oak Grill, 1415 South Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas at Noon. It is recommended you be there by at least 11:30 am to assure a good parking space. This is just one block north of San Felipe and one block west of Post Oak, near the Kroger's. The Post Oak Grille is in on the west side of a parking garage, you can park in the garage it is free.
July, date to be negotiated: We also have an invitation here for a library gig this summer: Cynthia Hart is a Librarian in San Benito, TX. She is looking for a Texas History re-enactor to go to the library and do a program for the Summer Reading Program in July. Cynthia Hart, Director, San Benito Library and 5th generation Texan. (San Benito is just south of Harlingen.) Anyone interested? Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. From Jerry Tubbs:
I have just received the okay from J.R. Thompson that we have the use of the Stock Farm at the George Ranch to hold a "Thank You" get together for all the San Jacinto Volunteers on May 23 to 25.
Camping will be allowed from Friday until Monday if you want to make a long weekend of it.
We are asked to greet and talk to the public on Friday and Saturday. Saturday evening we will have the big food spread we missed at San Jacinto. Sunday and Monday you will be responsible for your own food. The park is closed on Sunday and Monday so it will be a nice, quiet two days of just the campers. Of course if you just want to come for the weekend, please feel free to do so.
Please pass this on to all you have on your list.
2.Taking of the Presidio: Organized by THE REFUGIO MILITIA, In Partnership with Presidio La Bahia and Goliad State Park
November 6-8, 2009
Join us for the 174th Anniversary of one of the many untold stories of Texas’ War for Independence. Friday, November 6, there will be living historians on site to talk to you about the Texas Revolution. Saturday, November 7, there will be a skirmish at 1:00pm and another at 7:00pm; as well as many other activities centered on the life of the soldiers, both Mexican and Texan during this conflict. Do not miss out on this opportunity to relive history.
3.Houston Archeological Society presents: A lecture titled "RECENT EXCAVATIONS NEAR THE SAN JACINTO BATTLEGROUND"
by Mr. Gregg Dimmick, Texas Historian, Archeologist, and Author. THURSDAY, MAY 21st @ 7:00 PM At The Carriage House, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston 77004. Admission Free. For more information visit www.houstonarcheology.org or contact HASEvents@aol.com
4. From John Baker:
Dear Fellow San Jacinto Re-enactors,
Allen Morris, VP productions & Operations was at San Jacinto on Saturday and I bought his DVD of the last Re-enactment that was at the original battle sight (not sure what year that was) and was very impressed with it especially the part when we all came together at the breast works. What hand to hand fighting that was.
If you are interested in a copy please contact Allen via email email@example.com Cell phone 713-3042750 or his address is :
Allen Morris, 2401 West Belfort, Houston, Texas 77054. Contact him for price, etc.
all the best,
5.Texas Heritage Organizations—
The next issue of the Texas Historical Foundation’s HERITAGE magazine will focus on historic firearms. If your museum or archival collection includes firearms that were thought to be owned or used by famous Texans and you would be willing to submit one or two high resolution photographs along with a short description of those firearms, please email Pam Murtha at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Texas Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 50314
Austin, Texas 78763
Several more items:
1. From David L. Martin, SRT:
We have rescheduled the Fernland Event for May 9th 2009. The storm damage has finally been cleaned up and we are ready to go again. The facility is located 12 miles south of Conroe, Texas on 40 acres of beautiful forest land. Detail directions will be forwarded upon contact with David Martin.
In conjunction with our luncheon and tour of the Fernland (Bear Bend cabin), we would like as many men and women in period costume as possible. There are four period buildings comparable to the Bear Bend cabin. Two cabins are from the Republic of Texas time period and two buildings are from the Civil war period. Two of the cabins from 1830 and 1865 have Texas Historical Commission designations.
If we have enough reenactors, we will have three camps, i.e., Republic of Texas, Civil War and Soldados Mexicanos.
Free lunch (bar-b-que) will be provided Saturday May 9.
Documentation indicates that Sam Houston stayed in the Bear Bend cabin several times on hunting trips.
We will have a safety inspection at 11:00 o’clock with several volleys during the afternoon. No lead ammunition allowed, flash guards and hammer stalls required for flintlocks and loading only from paper loads or individual powder measures (no powder horn loading).
If you know of other reenactors that might attend, please send this on. We also need soldados!
Reenactors need to RSVP to David Martin email@example.com or 281.467-8146.
Primitive camping for Friday and Saturday May 8th and 9th is encouraged. There is running water and electricity near the camping area. There is space inside the cabins for some bedrolls (no sleeping on the beds).
Hope that you can attend,
David L. Martin
President, Lone Star Chapter, Sons of the Republic of Texas
2. From Claudia Heidbreder:
I have an Antique Overseers 2 Wheel Cart ( Wooden Spokes )That will fit a small horse or large pony that I wish to sell. It is in great, usable condition and I have pictures that I can send. I am asking $600.00
I also have a wooden goat cart and harness for $200.00
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Claudia 936.878-1847
(Ed. note: I intend to get this on the Classifieds page soon... with the aforementioned pictures.)
3. from William Scott, Alabama Red Rovers:
I would like to strongly encourage each of you and whoever else is interested that we, Captain Shackelford’s Company of Alabama Red Rovers, will be sponsoring a muster and encampment at Fredericksburg Pioneer Village in Fredericksburg, Texas on September 11 – 13, 2009. Ray Powell has been instrumental in the planning of this event, and the officers are excited for the opportunities this will present. Please mark this on all of your calendars. As of right now, each man should plan on 50 to 60 rounds for the weekend. I will be sure to send out more particulars, as the time gets closer.
Trust in God.
Captain William V. Scott, Commanding, Alabama Red Rovers
4. From Scott McMahon, at WoB:
I’m writing regarding an upcoming event that is in the planning stages here at Washington on the Brazos SHS. On Saturday, July 4th, we will be opening up a representation of Lott’s Tavern here at Washington. The plan is to have a period tavern set up for the visiting public to come through and visit and hopefully learn a bit about how taverns were the social hub of the 19th century town. We are currently looking at hosting this program from 5PM until 9PM at which time the tavern will close for the annual fireworks show.
We’d like to have folks dealing cards, playing music, “traveling” through with news and information and of course we need folks just “hanging” around the tavern! We will provide a meal for the participants and refreshments throughout the evening. Right now we’re looking at doing this as a first person event but we’ve not yet settled on a historic date but will probably go with the late 1830’s. Whatever we decide on I know all of you are more than capable of fitting in and will have appropriate impressions for the scenario.
I understand that a lot of folks head off on mini vacations for the 4th but if any of you are interested we’d be more than happy to have you and hope you can make it. While my house isn’t that big, I’d be happy to have you over afterwards and could offer an air-conditioned house to throw down a bedroll or cot in if the couch is full up! If enough folks are interested maybe we can burn some meat in the back yard Sunday afternoon.
Please consider this event since it’s something a little out of the ordinary and will be a special treat for the visiting public… and besides, how often do you get asked to come hang out at a period tavern? If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call or email me and we’ll get you an answer asap. Thanks!
Scott McMahon , Washington on the Brazos SHS
936 878-2214 ext. 224 daytime
5. Also from Scott, about the ROT Frolic Apr 25-26:
For one reason or another most everyone who expressed an interest in doing Roundtop this spring has had to bow out. As it currently stands there are only 3 or 4 definites able to attend aside from Monica, myself and Rodney. While I like small events with quality folks I feel that small of a crowd isn't worth the effort that goes into putting an event together nor is it fair to ask the site to promote us with such a small crowd. Unfortunately I am calling off this years ROT Froli and will look at hosting one again next year at the normal time or possibly next spring (this fall is too busy to slip one in).
Thanks to those who took the time to respond to the original email regarding the event and I hope you all have a great summer and we'll see y'all down the road sometime soon!!!
6. Registration for San Jacinto is closed, and there will be no "day-of" registrations. No "walk-ons" will be allowed, and don't miss any of the musters... Check-in and first muster for all participants will be at 9 AM, but has been moved to the Texian camp this year. For those camping on the Texian side, Stan Wojik is in charge of where tents go... if he says your camp has to move, it has to move... period. Save yourself some effort and aggravation, and check in with Stan about your camp placement before setting anything up. You don't want to be too close to the exploding tent.
That's all for now...
Lots going on... Four items:
First, a note on the Texas Legislature currently in session...
You are receiving this because I know you are interested in promoting Texas History and are actively involved in honoring the people and heritage of Texas. You can share this email. I would encourage you to do so, as you deem appropriate.
As you know, in recent years there has been a groundswell of popular interest in celebrating the history of our state and the hard work, courage, tenacity and independent spirit of the people of Texas. This movement has taken many forms from individuals and organizations throwing parties on Texas Independence Day to parades and official observances to special school programs during March, Texas History Month. As you may also know the 81st Texas Legislature is in session in Austin and this interest in promoting and honoring our past is being reflected there, as well. There are two particular bills that I think you will find interesting.
HB#599 - Rep. Bryan Hughes, in an effort to promote a broader celebrating of Texas Independence Day, has introduced this bill authorizing the sale of fireworks on and before Texas Independence Day.
HB#2193 - Rep. Wayne Christian has introduced this bill relating to Texas History Month curriculum requirements for students in public schools.
I believe both of these bills deserve your support. Please take the time to visit your own legislator's web site and express your opinion on these efforts.
God & Texas
Second, we got the following fron Tissie Schwebel via our own Mike Bailey at the Brazoria County Historical Museum:
You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Capitol of Texas Park - A Walk through the Birth of Texas on April 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. in downtown West Columbia, Texas (55 miles southwest of Houston). This park will feature the congress that met here on October 3, 1836 for the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston was elected President of the Republic.
All Texans are invited to attend.
Here's all the info from the flyer: TO: All Texans
FROM: Park Development Committee
What is "Capitol of Texas Park - A Walk through the Birth of Texas"?
A place that all Texans should be proud of as it tells our story in the beginning.
Capitol of Texas Park is a unique park dedicated to a unique period in history - The Republic of Texas - mainly from October 3, 1836 in Columbia, Texas until Texas became a state in 1845. The first congress of the republic met here for 3 months and then moved on to Harrisburg (Houston).
Conveniently located in downtown West Columbia in front of the Walgreen's Pharmacy on the NE corner of 17th and Brazos Street, the park will include a walking path with 20 Historical stations, each consisting of a black granite monument depicting the people and events of the early Republic; the Texas and American Flags; a native Texas garden; and the Seal of the Republic of Texas.
A naming contest was held in early 2007 and two schools each gave a name that the committee liked so they were combined, Capitol of Texas Park - A Walk through the Birth of Texas. Laura Rosser and her class at Groveton High School named "Capitol of Texas Park" and Katherine Schule of Smithson Valley Middle School in New Braunfels named "A Walk through the Birth of Texas". They will be honored at the Dedication Ceremony on April 17, 2009 at 2 p.m.
Also, descendants of the members of the 1836 Congress will be introduced.
Another addition to the park came with the discovery of a cistern during site preparation. Archaeologists studying the site believe it to date from the 1830's and local historians believe it could have been used to provide water for the capitol building.
The park is being designed and developed by the Monument Park Development Group and the Community Foundation of Brazoria County.
All of Texas is invited to the Grand Opening.
Third, here's a note from Scott McMahon for those not going to San Jacinto:
Since we missed the annual ROT Frolic in February and so many folks seemed so disappointed we will be holding a spring version the weekend of April 25-26th. I am still working out the final details and I apologize for the short notice but I've been going rounds trying to get with the site on a solid date and they've been going rounds trying to work their schedule out as well.
Right now we are set for the weekend of April 25-26th and we'll be recreating a period celebratory barbecue for the victory at San Jacinto. I am currently trying to secure a band and caller for a dance. Rodney Nance has agreed to barbecue for us and things look like they are falling into place quite nicely!
If you are interested in a fun history geared event during a beautiful time of year this will be a good one! I will send out the usual ROT Frolic packet with all the pertinent details and such here very shortly. As always if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me via phone or email and we hope to see all of you next month!!!
Fourth, for our buckskinner friends:
As you know, the Fritztown Free Trappers have been having two rendezvous a year at a site near Fredericksburg, and the Texas Free Trappers have been doing the same at a site near La Vernia. The White Smoke Brigade has had monthly shoots at a site near Canyon Lake for over four years. There has been an overlap of members and purpose of these three groups. To make the insurance premium (which is now required by several landowners for these events) affordable for all, we have merged these three groups and formed the White Smoke Company of Buckskinners, Inc. The new "parent club" will continue the events as the Fritztown Free Trappers Rendezvous, the Texas Free Trappers Rendezvous and the White Smoke Brigade Muzzleloader Matches. With this merger we are able to provide liability insurance for the landowners of all three sites, as well as for the club members, for a single $740 annual premium. The problem now is paying it.
In addition to that basic cost we also have to provide targets, copying costs, building materials and, most of all, prizes.
A few of us also donate lots of time to plan and set up the events plus bearing the expense of travel to and from the somewhat remote sites.
There is a need for help in running these events. The same few dedicated souls provide 99% of this also.
These situations might be improved by having members who pay reasonable dues and pay reduced registration fees and raising the fees slightly for non-members to make membership more attractive, but still affordable. Hopefully, members would have a feeling of identifying with a club and be willing to pitch in and help make events work. Our clubs do not solicit paying visitors and spectators, for obvious reasons, so the participants are the sole support for our events, not admission fees.
The next TFT Rendezvous (# 10!) is April 3-5.
For those wishing more information or to help these (or is it now this?) 'skinner group(s), please contact Joe Wolf (Greywolf) at email@example.com.
Item 1 of 4:
To All San Jacinto Volunteers:
Due to the shift in economy, all the San Jacinto invitations and registration forms are being sent electronically. The forms can be downloaded at http://www.sanjacintovolunteers.org/forms/. It is important that you read the invitation carefully and thoroughly as there is a lot of new information and changes to camp personnel.
When filling out the registration and waiver, you may leave the date on the waiver blank or you may put the date of April 25. It is important that they be returned no later than April 10, 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it by mail to:
10970 Fire Creek Dr
Houston, TX 77043
If you know of anyone who has changed their e-mail address please let me know. If you have any other questions, please email me. Thank you very much.
Ed. note: Please remember this is an invitation-only, juried event; for contact info for applying to participate, see the Calendar.
The Brazoria County Historical Museum Presents
The History of the Texas Flag
A Lecture by Thomas Bruce Green III
March 12,2009- 12:00; Noon - at the Brazoria County Historical Museum
Feel Free to bring a bagged lunch.
Located in the 1897 Brazoria County Courthouse at 100 East Cedar Street in Angleton, TX
The Museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Sundays and holidays. Admission is free. For more information, call 979/864-1208 or visit the Museum's web site at www.bchm.org.
Remember March is Texas History Month.
For those going to WOB for Texas Independence celebrations, there is new info on the Calendar about campfires... please read & heed.
Back by popular demand, The Houston Club and the Friends of the San Jacinto Battleground are sponsoring a brunch to celebrate Texas Independence Day. The brunch will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Reservations and payment (see flyer text below) must be received by Friday, February 27. For reservation form and any questions, call 713-237-8997. Please invite your family and friends to join in the celebration of this wonderful episode in Texas history.
Flyer reads: "The Houston Club - Celebrate Texas Independence Day - March 1, 2009 - Sunday Brunch - 11:30 to 2 pm Program at 12:30 pm - Hall of Historic Texas Flags - From Declaration to Reality - See a signed copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence. - Live Re-enactment of a moment in Texas history. - Meet costuned Texan and Mexican generals and soldiers! - Hear old-time Texan/Mexican music! - Enjoy AUTHENTIC food of the era! - Dress western! Bring the kids! - Guest sponsor: Friends of the San Jacinto Battleground - $25 per person plus tax and gratuity - Children 5~12: $12 Children 4 and under: Free - Reservations 713-225-1661"
New info on the Runaway Scrape Apr 4th.
Here's an interesting item:
"We have published several books on historic costuming that we think may interest you. Our books are described in much more detail, plus color cover pictures, review quotes, and PDFs of the tables of contents, on our web site: http://www.lavoltapress.com
NEW! The Lady's Stratagem, A Repository of 1820s Directions for the Toilet, Mantua-Making, Stay-Making, Millinery & Etiquette, By Frances Grimble." (there's lots more.... I can forward you the email if you're interested, but it repeats what's on the website including the "don't try this at home" warnings.)
And for you rendezvous-ers.... from the Fritztown Free Trappers:
"Dear Esteemed Buckskinner
Well now you did it. No one volunteered to be booshway, so you get the autocratic, hard-assed Iron Burner as bourgeoise for this spring rendezvous. Maybe you will know better for next time. Actually, Kathy Boyd is in charge, because she has already been managing the various things to do for the rendezvous. Thank you Kathy.
As you know, it will be at our regular, modified site minus the cedars. Mark your calendar now for March 20 - 21 - 22, 2009. There will be early set-up after 3:00pm Thursday, March 19.
Competitions - No Dawdlers
This is new, so listen up, especially lollygagers. In the past, the event captains had to hang around a lot waiting for competitors to show up. So the events were open until past 3:00 to accommodate the lollygagers. This prevented the captains from competing in some cases. The new schedule gets rid of these problems, and also allows the event captains to get some help. I think the new scheme will work great, even better with a little smaller group.
Here is the idea: Encourage competition on Friday as available as usual. On Saturday morning at 8:30 the shooting event starts. The event captain gets people who are waiting their turn to help with the event. The first shooters are the other event captains. When they finish, they go to the hawk and knife, and compete. The first competitor is the captain of the field archery. When the captain finishes he or she goes to the fire starting, etc, then archery walk. I hope you get the idea. Fire starting will be at the start of the archery walk. While waiting for archery walk, they can be doing fire starting. The archery walk should be done in groups of four or more so others do not have to wait too long.
Now here is the part that relieves the captains from waiting the whole time for a few stragglers. As soon as there is no one in line waiting to shoot, the shooting captain closes the event, and he goes through the other events in order. When the shooting captain competes each event, that event is closed. If he or she does not compete in a particular event, or if he or she competed in the event on Friday, that event is over as soon as he or she gets to the event and there is no line.
Depending on the number of competitors, this may allow the competitions to be over by 12:00 noon. If not, we would take lunch at 12:00 and resume competition at 1:00. Anyone can compete in any order they see fit, but they take the risk of showing up at an event after it is closed. So compete early to complete everything.
So each event should have a steady stream of people, and when the people are finished, the event is finished. A long time ago, we used to have each event sequentially. The problem was that when each event started, someone had to go from camp to camp, saying it was starting, and most did not show up for at least 30 minutes, and some said they did not know the event was happening. And even fewer people did everything.
The only disadvantage I can see is for people who want to wait until the last minute to compete. To me, that is being inconsiderate of the captains. A big advantage is more beer-drinking time, and time to cook something special for the pot luck.
We need volunteers for captain of each of the events. It is time for others to step up. If you have already volunteered, please let me know, because I forgot.
The usual FFT rules will apply: Rifle shoot total misfires allowed: none for adjustable sights, 1 for percussion, 2 for flint, 3 for flint smoothbore. Note the special allowance for smoothbore. Double score for each archery event for no plastic or synthetic. Decision of event captain is final.
There will be a Skillet Toss for fun at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Aggregate prizes for all competitors - must be a member to qualify for prizes. Every competing member can select a prize. Prize donation is requested. A special award will be presented to the person who whines the most, so be careful.
Usual buckskinning rules apply. Modern camping in parking area, no facilities. Plenty wood to cut, BRING WATER. No moon, so be sure to bring your lanterns.
If the drought continues, most likely there will be a fire ban. Bring fire buckets and water. If there is a fire ban, bring container for fire or be discrete about using propane. To verify, call the County Judge's office - 830-997-7502.
Pot luck dinner for our Saturday night dinner. John and Herb deserve a break. Membership fee: $10.00 (18 & over). EVERYONE MUST SIGN A RELEASE.
Mark your calendars now. Work Day is Saturday, February 21 starting about 9:00 a.m. and it does not involve much. You can come to improve your camp site and check out the hooters and targets, etc. So bring your work gloves, chain saws, axes, etc. and let's get the property ready for rendezvous.
Directions: From Fredericksburg, Texas on Highway 290 (the main street), turn north on FM 965, then 11 miles to Keese Rd. Turn left crossing the creek. After you cross the creek, go about 3 miles to power lines. Turn LEFT as soon as you go under the power lines. Look for the signs.
We look forward to seeing everyone. Come have some fun with us!
Your Booshway and Segunda, Glenn "Iron Burner" Darilek, 210-410-0036, email@example.com and Kathy Boyd, 936-597-7574, firstname.lastname@example.org"
Lots o' stuff going on...
March 2: TID Memorial Service, State Cemetery: This year it will NOT be followed by the Capitol Rotunda celebration; due to a clerical situation the Capitol Rotunda event has been moved to March 7 (after the Parade).
We have also been invited to the French Legation, here's the email from Aimee Garten:
Hello fellow historians and Central Texans…
The French Legation Museum is excited to announce its newest community program, “Celebrate Texas! Past, Present & Future.” This is a free event, open to the public, that will take place on our 2-1/2 acre grounds this Texas Independence Weekend.
We’ll open our gates at 12:00 noon for picnics, special educational programs, film screenings, and art show; we’ll stay open until 5:00 pm on February 28 and March 1, 2009. We’d love to offer you a “booth,” at no charge, to present information, exhibits, artwork, or displays of other educational/cultural items to our visitors.
Exhibitors will need an Exhibitor Packet, email me at email@example.com for one. Please let me know if you have any questions. Complete the Exhibitor Entry Forms need to be returned to the French Legation Museum by February 18, 2009. Additionally, we have 30-minute time slots available on our main stage for site-specific presentations. Please contact the museum if you are interested in presenting a main stage program and we’ll send you the information packet for demonstrators and presenters.
We are very excited to collaborate with you and hope this event will become a cultural highlight in East Austin.
Please feel free to forward this information to your contacts.
All the best,
Aimée A. Garten, Programs Coordinator, French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos Street in Historic East Austin
www.frenchlegationmuseum.org ~ 512-472-8180
On the weekend before San Jacinto....The Texas Military Forces would like to invite you and your family to this year’s American Heroes Celebration at Camp Mabry, TX, April 18 and 19, 9am-4pm. They have some great family and kid activities planned! More info available by calling (512) 782-5452.
As always, if you know of an event not listed, or updates to an event,Email me at Webmaster@TexianLegacy.com so I can keep your Calendar up to date... Thanks.
Latest on the Artillery School at Pilgrim's Camp: Preregistration for participants is now closed as all gun crews are full. Observers can still preregister or register on Saturday. The school will start at 9 AM and the morning session (the classroom part) will be indoors.
Happy New Year, all, and may it be a healthy, safe, and prosperous one.
One more note on Pilgrim's Camp: Washington County is not currently under a burn ban (per the county website), and that will be monitored; Fire pans are required, no dug fire pits. The Anson Jones kitchen will be available for a convivial communal fire in the evening, as has been in the past. As always, be safe, bring an extra bucket for your fire, and be ready to make adjustments if the weather or the county judge demand.
On another note, there's a new event on the Calendar: Friday, Feb 27 at the Alamo. "To the People of Texas and All Americans in The World: The Alamo Under Siege", a vignette-tour depiction of the Siege of the Alamo. See the calendar for more info.
More info for Pilgrim's Camp: For the ladies: "What Shall I Wear" or How to Dress for a Proper Impression. Presenters Deborah Russell, Karen Verschoor, and Martha Graham are living historians and clothing and textile researchers for the 19c.
Deborah and Karen will cover the various areas of making a working impression. Topics that will be covered will be morning or bed wear, underpinnings, different types of working clothes, sun bonnets, caps, and appropriate fabrics. There will be many examples of fabrics and clothing for you to examine.
Mrs. Graham's program will cover Day wear. She has many 1830's style dresses, caps, and bonnets she has copied from authentic fashion plates. You will be able to browse through her collection of prints and clothing.
We hope that you will find all the topics to be of some assistance in planning your clothing for the next camp event or city/ceremony event.
We will start at 9:30 in the morning and then say 2:00 in the afternoon, about 2 hours per session.
Just in from Earl and Clarice Shanks: George we have a ton of stuff from the Pomeroys that we are selling at Pilgrim's Camp, money to go to the Texas Army. The list includes: DBL Bed designed and built by Charles Yates = air mattress = Air pump 12 volt = Assorted sheets and throws and blanket = Mosquito net = Synthetic down comforter = Ponchos = Wooden Water barrel = Fire irons and grill with pot racks = 9" and 12" cast iron pots = Assorted plates, cups, knives, coffee pot, bowls, drying rack, and forks = 3 wooden boxes = Portable writing desk = 2 camp chairs = Cold weather heater = 1 new solar oven. What I think we will do is a silent auction. We will put a starting price and the folks will have to out bid each other. Thanks and hope to see you at camp.
Where did the time go? We're almost to Battle of Bejar / Capitulation of Gen'l Cos in San Antonio... then Campfire Christmas and the Washington Town Survey... almost at Pilgrim's Camp (huzzah artillery school!). Get your RSVPs in, let folks know what you're going to... and it is duly noted that several have said that in this time of financial uncertainty, there's a new understanding among reenactors of the phrase "pick your battles".
It has been also updated that the Texas Heritage Day at Jesse Jones has been moved from Feb 14 to Feb 7 to not conflict with Valentine's.. and that the webpage for the Garrison of Ft Defiance (www.texianwarforindependence.com)now has online registration and PayPal. What next?
Finally, Wade Dillon at AlamoSentry.com sends greetings and lets us know there's now a TLA link on that site. AlamoSentry.com is undergoing some changes.. worth checking out.
Lots going on...
Red Rovers Muster 9/13 Cancelled:I regret to inform you that the muster for this weekend has been cancelled. I have spoken to all of the officers of the company tonight and we have decided with our best judgment to cancel due to the uncertain of the coming weather and cancellation we have received due to the weather. We are planning to reschedule the muster soon after Gonzales. Sgt. Powell is calling Fredericksburg later today to see what dates the Fort is available; I will pass this along as soon as possible. I would like to offer my prayers to the Men and their families in the coastal bend and I hope Hurricane Ike is not harmful to you or your properties. I also understand that West Texas is dealing with some flooding; my prayers also go out to them. Stay safe. See you at Gonzales.
Trust in God, Respectfully, William V. Scott, Captain, Commanding, Capt. Shackelford’s Co’y of Alabama Red Rovers
Boonville Days looking for people Oct 4: The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas is presenting Boonville Day on October 4. We would like to ask for your help in locating reenactors who might be willing to participate. So far, we think we have a storyteller (Jeff Carroll), a cowboy poet, a cowboy singer, spinners and weavers, quilters, blacksmith, Confederate soldiers who will demonstrate black powder guns, buffalo soldiers, dutch oven cooking, a potter, and a flintknapper. We have heard there is a peddler reenactor but have not been able to get a name and contact information. We would appreciate any help you might be able to give us about reenactors with other skills and interests who would be interested in this event. Please contact the museum director or myself at:
Deborah Cowman, Executive Director of The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-766-2195
Peggy Noynaert, Volunteer, The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History email@example.com or call Cell: 979-204-1339
Lots coming up at the Alamo... Oct 11 is Fall at the Alamo, and Dr. Wiinders has come up with an interesting program on a day in court in the Republic... email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
I got this email and thought y'all would like to see it.
Hey George, That all sounds great. How do I pre register for Pilgrim's Camp? I'd like to get my artillery certificate.
And the answer? Go to the Event Details. Toward the bottom of the first paragraph in the Pilgrim's Camp description, there's a link marked (Here's the link to the form in Word .doc); click that link to go to the registration document. Just type the info into the gray boxes (they'll expand to the size you need). Save the completed form to your computer, then attach it to an email and send it to the email address on the form.
If it's not working for you, let me know so we can a) troubleshoot and b) use "the alternate method" to get you registered.
For those in the "Participant" category (crewmembers on guns), the fee will be collected on site (cash or check).
As you may have noticed, the new Calendar of Events is up and running. It still needs confirmation on some items... most of these are marked with a question mark and last season's date; if you have better info on anything, I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
1. Pilgrim's Camp (Jan 17) will include an Artillery School for linstock (1830's drill) artillery. - Observers welcome - observers who preregister will get a certificate; we would especially like to invite Infantry and Cavalry reenactors.
2. There have been changes in personnel at several sites and leading several groups; just another reason to get your RSVPs in as soon as practical.
3. Texas Independence celebrations are going to be interesting... Some are celebrating Feb. 28 (closest Sat) and others are waiting until March 7 (closest Sat in Texas History Month) which means that there will be more opportunities to make it to more events... Enjoy!
4. If you are not sure about your TLA membership status, email me and I'll help you.
Thanks to everyone helping to keep us up-to-date. If you have details on an event that needs updating, send an email to webmaster@TexianLegacy.com and I'll take care of it.
3/14/08 Here's more...
1. When you RSVP for the Runaway Scrape, here's the info they'll need: Name, E-Mail, Address, Phone; Which camp (Mexican Army, Texian Army, or Colonist); Yes or no, can you assist with the command of a small group (max. of children ) to command during the guest based battle?; Can you assist at one of the three stations ( Army Medicine, Food of the Army, or Equipment of the Soldier)? Expected time of arrival, and will you be camping overnight? You can fax the answers to: 281-343-9316 or email email@example.com
2. Jim Lauderdale sends: "The dates for the Taking of the Presidio event this year will be November 7-9, 2008. This event will we sponsered by the Refugio Militia again this year. A registration packet and schedule will be released in early April."
3. Scott Wendt sends: "Hey, well I finally did it, I created a web site for our group, the Sabine Volunteers. I also created a short video to send to local groups in our area like scouts, churches, and schools. You can see the video by clicking below or at our website. It is mostly under construction. http://www.sabinevolunteers.com/" The video is a good one, the website is (as stated) still under construction.
4. Joe Wolf sends along an invitation to the Texas Free Trappers' Rendezvous VIII. This will be the weekend of May 2-4 near LaVernia, TX (east of San Antonio) though camp can be set up as soon as noon Thursday. For more info, flyer and map contact Joe Wolf (Grey Wolf) 830-935-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. For those in Austin soon, Taylor Tomlin advises that the Bob Bullock Museum is now displaying several items of interest, including the Toluca Battalion flag, ca. 1836 (Alamo)(display to May 08); a surplus British carbine used by the Mexican army (to May 08); Santa Anna's chamber pot (San Jacinto)(to July 08), and more.
Thanks to all these folks for keeping us up-to-date. If you know of an event that is coming up, send an email to webmaster@TexianLegacy.com and I'll see about posting it.
03/10/08 Several items; lots has been happening (it's that time of year) and hopefully everyone has come through Texas Independence Day and the Alamo commemorations intact.
1. The George Ranch will be hosting the Runaway Scrape on Saturday, April 12. RSVPs needed... More info on the Calendar.
2. Mike Cox's "The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900," the first of a two-volume, 250,000-word definitive history of the Rangers, will be released by Forge Books in New York on March 18. The 496-page book sells for $25.95 and is available from amazon.com linked here, Barnes and Noble, Target and most other booksellers in the U.S. and Europe. Kirkus Review, the American Library Association's Book List and the San Antonio Express-News have all written rave reviews about this book, the first mainstream, popular history of the Rangers since 1935.
3. For those intending to go to San Jacinto, remember that this year is PRE-registration ONLY. No walk-ons or on-site registration... so get those forms in.
4. Here is a link to the Hill College flyer (see 2/3/08, Apr 5th) for those interested in the symposium.
2/18/08 For those invited to the San Jacinto Reenactment in April, please note that this year begins Mandatory Pre-Registration... time constraints and mandated safety meetings have made this necessary. Get your forms returned as soon as possible... and I would suggest getting hotel or motel rooms reserved promptly too, especially at La Quinta. For those who wish to be considered for an invitation, you'll need to discuss that with Jerry Tubbs as there are a number of requirements...
Not so random link: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/multimedia/media/learning/webcasts/story/14_texas_revolution.wmv (huge, though... 16.7 MB)
2/17/08 New rules at Washington on the Brazos... new Park Ranger (Scott McMahon) and Park Specialist (Janice Campbell). Notable rules include: Each unit must have a safety officer. No fire pits; either fire pans or fire rings filled with sand. Fire extinguisher / water bucket requirement. Overnight fire watch requirement. Fire remnants after extinguishment must be disposed of "at your return destination". "Under no circumstances will the park visitors be allowed to handle, pick up or use an edged weapon" and the same applies to longarms and handguns. Lots of gun rules (safety info, maximum cartridge loads, paper cartridges only, all firing at 45 degrees above horizontal with a "clearly defined, physical barrier between the firing line and the park visitors" and wait.. there's more). Liability release forms now mandatory. For all the rules, and a print - and - sign copy of the liability release form, email Scott McMahon Scott.Mcmahon@tpwd.state.tx.us or call him at 936 878 2214 ext. 224.
2/3/08 It's that time of year, lots gearing up fast... Get those RSVPs in and, if necessary, tickets bought....
Feb 22 Candlelight tours at the Alamo; invitation only event; contact Bruce Winders email@example.com
Feb 23 Documentary film premiere, French Legation, Austin; 6:30 PM. Contact Cullen Sartor firstname.lastname@example.org for more info / invitation.
March 1: Celebrate Texas parade, Congress Ave., Austin: Staging starts at 9:30 for a 10:30 parade start; then to the Capitol for the ceremonies there.
March 2: Texas State Cemetery Memorial event, 2 PM (note time change for this year; weapons check at 1 PM) and then to the Capitol south lawn for the Alamo Defenders Memorial Service. Figure on 10 cartridges....
April 5: Texas and Texans at War: The Fragile Frontier: Texans at War 1835-1870; Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College in Hillsboro, one of the presentations is Alamo Artillery; A Matter of Perspective by Charles Yates. It will include a review of the Mexican Artillery emplacements at the Alamo and new information concerning documentation about their location. Website is http://www.hillcollege.edu/museum/index.php and phone is 254/582-2555, Ext. 295
1/29/08 The old quote goes "The only constant is change", and that applies with us as well. Our web host has changed the way they operate, and it has caused changes to our website.... Please let me know of any broken links or helpful (!) hints...
Pilgrim's Camp was wet, cold, and a good time. Turnout was light, which can be attributed to a combination of weather and location. A note for next year: There is a move afoot and things underway to have Pilgrim's Camp set at a given location for a few years to make it easier to find. Stay tuned.... Several old members renewed and some new ones signed up... Remember, dues for the year are due April 21 and powder can't be shipped.... email me if you need any details.
1/14/08 Happy New Year, and I trust this finds you well.
First, Scott McMahon (email@example.com) has a 5 page detail document for the ROT Frolic (Feb 15-17, Round Top). Email him for a copy.
Second, Austin's oldest structure and architectural treasure, the beautiful French Legation, will open its doors February 23, 2008, for a special screening of "A Glorious Opportunity: The French Legation in Texas." This 20-minute documentary examines the life and times of Dubois de Saligny, the French diplomat sent to establish relations between France and the newly established Republic of Texas.
The Museum will also host a one-of-a-kind celebration to accompany the premiere. Live music, reenactments of early Texas life, and moonlight tours of the French Legation Mansion, French-style kitchen, and the Legation grounds will be held.
Under the care and custodianship of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Inc., the French Legation has thrived as a tourist attraction and landmark. In addition to showing the Legation as it exists in the capital city today, the documentary illuminates the ill-fated diplomatic mission of Jean Pierre Alphonse Dubois de Saligny. Sent to the newly established Republic of Texas in the immediate aftermath of San Jacinto, de Saligny arrived in Austin as the diplomatic representative of the Kingdom of France. De Saligny's hapless and incompetent efforts in international relations soon led to disaster and culminated in what became known as "The Pig War." Following de Saligny's recall to France, Austin Mayor Dr. Joseph Robertson purchased the Legation for use by his large family. The Robertsons lived in the home until 1940 when the mansion was sold to the state of Texas. "A Glorious Opportunity: The French Legation in Texas" documents a crucial - as well as comedic - episode in the history of the Texas Republic.
This event will provide for the ongoing historic preservation and education efforts of the Museum as well as provide a unique experience for everyone interested in the history of Texas. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic baskets and beverages of their choice. Texas History re-enactors will be on hand to demonstrate the daily lives of the Robertson family and live musicians will be on hand to perform. Tickets are $4 at the door. The French Legation is located at 802 San Marcos Street, Austin, Texas. Doors open at 6:30, Documentary starts at 7:15, Tours begin at 7:45 and end at 9:15. Reenactor note: This is a "finest attire & best behavior", NO POWDER event.
"A Glorious Opportunity: The French Legation in Texas" was written, produced, and directed by longtime KTBC-Fox 7 Special Projects Director Whitney Milam. Milam is also a University of Texas R.T.F. graduate and current Texas State Public History graduate student and recently won a Lone Star Emmy for his documentary of the University of Texas tower shootings.
RSVP required for reenactors and encouraged for guests; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512.472-8180.
12/9/07 Pilgrim's Camp: Folks, we have (finally) gotten a confirmation on the where and when of Pilgrim's Camp in January. From Tubbs: The date has been finally obtained for the 2008 Pilgrims Camp. The date is January 18th to the 20th. The camp this year will be located at Brazos River County Park in Brazoria County. This is a wonderful place to hold the camp with modern bathroom facilities. A detailed map showing directions to get to the park will be forth coming and posted on the TLA website.
I plan on this being the last time the camp is moved from place to place if it is agreeable to all. I hope to use Washington on the Brazos as the permanent location if the park will agree to it. I know the ones that were there two years ago enjoyed using the kitchen building to prepare supper in and making it a small tavern at the same time.
If you have any question, please contact me.
Thanks, Jerry email@example.com
Thanks Jerry... I know it's not easy in -normal- years to get a government entity to commit to a set date for things (I am reminded of a hammer, nail, tree and Jell-O). Thanks for the hard work, Jerry.
Folks, what details we have are up on the TLA Events by Name page, and I will have the Calendar date circled online soon. Stay tuned for updates...
Good News from Fair Park: We sounded the alarm a week ago tonight that some of the most historically important items in the care of the Dallas Historical Society were missing. I am happy to tell you that all of the artifacts have been safely returned to the DHS archives. Linked here is the news release issued this evening announcing this turn of events, click on Artifacts Returned. Obviously many questions remain and the DHS is pursuing answers, but recovering the collection is a huge relief.
Many you were most helpful in reaching out to your networks to help us spread the word. Local and national media performed a real public service by covering the story -- sort of a historian's version of an Amber Alert. The Dallas Police Department and staff at the Hilton Anatole were instrumental in resolving the disappearance. Thank you all. Craig McDaniel, APR - Senior Vice President - Promote Success
12/1/07 First item: Welcome to our newest member, Noel Clapp out of Seguin.
Second, There is bad news out of Fair Park. Our friend Craig McDaniel sends the following:
The Dallas Historical Society has discovered nearly two dozen items are missing from its permanent collection. These are significant artifacts covering virtually the entire history of Texas. Museum staff and board members are heartsick about this loss.
I have worked with DHS for several years on an annual collaboration with a client, Sterling Bank (formerly The Oaks Bank & Trust Co.). The event centers on a display of relics from the Republic of Texas period. The bank collects historic material from this era, and DHS has done a wonderful job of broadening its outreach by curating an exhibit that includes items from both collections. Many of the missing items have been part of these exhibits. In fact, some of the material that is missing was in the exhibit at Sterling Bank in Dallas that ended Nov. 19.
I spent much of the day working with DHS officials to help spread the word of this unfortunate incident and will continue until it is resolved. You may also see Sterling step up to use its contacts and resources to help locate and return these irreplaceable items.
By aggressively reaching out to the public, collectors, other institutions and the like, there is a good chance that someone will learn the whereabouts of this material and aid in its return. It is possible that the items were taken by mistake when a film production was underway at the Hall of State around the time the artifacts disappeared. If someone took them deliberately, publicizing the incident could help limit opportunities for disposing of them for gain.
For more detail, here is a link to an online newsroom where we have made available the release and photos of the missing items: https://promotesuccesspr.sharedwork.com/sr/QP9cGdWdkT18ibYhTNqt0auNnTZhFavYVPwZycoRWP1ZyM2IzMx0Ta To access this screening room without the above link:
1) Go to https://promotesuccesspr.sharedwork.com
2) Enter in the "Email address" box: dhs
3) Enter in the "Password" box: historical
Please help us spread the alert and save some important Texas treasures. My contact information is below and I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks, Craig McDaniel, APR - Senior Vice President - Promote Success
2000 E. Arapaho Road, Suite 4104 - Richardson, TX 75081
214-914-4261 phone - 866-563-1308 fax - www.promotesuccesspr.com
From George: This list is extensive, and it appears to me that many of the two dozen items are irreplaceable. Among them are Santa Anna's spurs, paperweight, and candlestick captured at San Jacinto, and Adm. Nimitz's 5 star collar devices worn in Tokyo Bay in 1945.
11/16/07 First item: From the Texian Legacy Association, on behalf of the Board of Directors and Fellow Members: May each and every one have a happy, meaningful and safe Thanksgiving.
Second item: April 5th weekend is shaping up to be a busy one; among the events, our own Charlie Yates will be at Hill College in Hillsboro, presenting what promises to be an informative essay on Alamo Artillery; A Matter of Perspective. It will include a review of the Mexican Artillery emplacements at the Alamo and new information concerning documentation about their location. This is one presentation of the symposium Texas and Texans at War: The Fragile Frontier: Texans at War 1835-1870
Third item: As always, we are looking for some new information for the website. Full article submissions and book reviews are welcome, as are "bits and pieces" for some of the "Articles & Info" pages. As usual, our Calendar and Events by Name page are works in progress, and everyone's input is valuable. I ask everyone to let me know of typos, changes, updates, and new events for submission... E-mail To: Webmaster@TexianLegacy.com
11/2/07 Just got this in from Taylor A.... Texas Free Trappers Rendezvous VII Nov. 15-18, 2007. There will be separate modern and primitive camps on 800 acres near LaVernia (SE of San Antonio). Bring water, firewood will be available. Period attire required for all competitors. All shooting will be "out of the pouch", traditional black powder weapons, open sights and patched roundball. Setup Thursday; Friday will have events for rifle, pistol, fusil, knife, tomahawk, and primitive archery, with a council fire and candle shoot in the evening. Saturday will have all that and more... including a "play-along" historic surprise. Potluck dinner Sat night (venison and hog will be provided, so bring something that goes with that) followed by round robin and historic storytelling (period music also very welcome). Sunday is break camp and cleanup. Fees: $10 family, $5 individual (no additional fee for traders) and each competitor is to bring a blanket prize of minimum $10 value or $10 cash for a prize (prizes to be juried). Each match / walk will have a winner, no aggregate scoring. For more info (including a map) contact Joe Wolf (Grey Wolf) 830-935-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, on Oct 8, Brazoria County Historical Museum is presenting a lecture on "The History of the Texas Flag" by Thomas Bruce Green III. It starts at 6:30 PM at BCHM, 100 E. Cedar, Angleton; for more info, 979-864-1208 or www.bchm.org
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