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Cmr Bush: SBOE Committee Recommendation to Remove Travis “Victory or Death” Letter Dilutes Heroic Story of Alamo Defenders from Texas History Curriculum

AUSTIN- On Thursday, Texas Monthly reported that the State Board of Education Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups recommended deleting Alamo commander, Lt. Col. William Barret Travis’ stirring “Victory or Death” letter calling for reinforcements during the 1836 siege from the state curriculum. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, a Navy veteran of the war in Afghanistan and former history teacher, urges the committee to drop its recommendation and retain Travis’ historic letter in its entirety. “Travis’ ‘Victory or Death’ letter is the heart of Texas history,” Commissioner Bushsaid. “This kind of politically correct nonsense is why I will always fight to honor the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice. Continue Reading →

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SAN ANTONIO- Today, Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the below statement following the Alamo Management Committee’s unanimous passage of the Alamo plan. The management committee has provided day to day oversight of the development of the Alamo plan and is comprised of representatives appointed by the San Antonio Mayor, General Land Office and Alamo Endowment fund. “Today’s vote by the Alamo Management Committee brings the Alamo one step closer to restoring its former glory,” said Commissioner Bush. “The Alamo is a symbol known across Texas as a beacon of liberty and freedom from an oppressive government. In 2015, the Texas Legislature mandated the General Land Office enter into an agreement with the City of San Antonio to coordinate the improvement of the Alamo complex. Continue Reading →

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Crockett descendants support Alamo Master Plan

AUSTIN – An editorial written by a descendant of legendary frontiersman and Alamo defender David Crockett is making the rounds in Texas newspapers this week. Some are calling the editorial, which applauds and supports Alamo Master Plan, a boost to the ambitious project. Here is the text by Errol Flannery in full:

I am a direct descendant of David Crockett. He was my great-great-great-great-grandfather through his second wife, Elizabeth Patton. My ancestor came to Texas and quickly got involved in the fight to free it from the tyrant Santa Anna. Continue Reading →

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The Alamo Announces Statewide Roadshow

Join the Alamo at locations across the state to discuss the future of the Shrine of Texas Liberty
Attendees will also be invited to bring historic artifacts and family treasures to discuss with historians and curatorial staff

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo will hit the road next week, kicking off a statewide tour across Texas, starting in El Paso on Monday. The Alamo Roadshow will stop in nine cities, inviting Texans to learn about ongoing preservation work happening at the state’s most well-known historic site and include opportunities to share their own family stories, documents, and artifacts related to the Texas Revolution. Roadshow organizers will be gathering feedback from attendees on their thoughts and suggestions for the future of the Alamo. “The Alamo Roadshow is an opportunity for history enthusiasts to learn about the plan to preserve the Alamo and to build the state’s largest Texas Revolution museum, as well as to share their own artifacts and historic family treasures,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. “I invite all Texans to join us for an evening of discussion of preservation and Texas history.” Continue Reading →

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Saving the Alamo—within Range

Running deep through the heart of the tragedies of ancient Greece is the concept of hubris and nemesis. When a human viewed himself as invincible and infallible, then he entered into the state of hubris. This act of arrogance caused the gods to send a destroyer to strike a balance, usually the polar opposite of its target. That figure was known as a nemesis. For Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, his political nemesis may have arrived in 2017, in the form of a retired firefighter, school teacher, and historian Rick Range. Elected Land Commissioner in 2014, Bush soon began remaking the Land Office in his own image. Continue Reading →

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Exciting Discoveries Made During Alamo Cannon Conservation

Two cannons used in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo return with new discoveries about their origins. SAN ANTONIO – Tuesday the Alamo welcomed the return of two historic cannons used during the 1836 Siege and Battle of the Alamo back to the Alamo grounds. The battle cannons revealed some surprising secrets during their conservation at the Texas A&M Conservation Research Lab in College Station, Texas. The cannons were sent to the lab in October as part of a larger effort to preserve all seven of the Alamo’s 1836 Battle Cannons, and returned with several exciting new discoveries about their origins. In October, we shared our commitment to ensuring long-term, extensive preservation and conservation plans for the Alamo’s historic buildings and artifacts,” said Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush. Continue Reading →

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Will The Alamo Fall Twice?

During the Presidential election of 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy while campaigning in Texas, made a brief visit to the Alamo. His speech, given in front of the historic mission yielded an iconic photo. Having completed his remarks and pressed for time, JFK reportedly asked San Antonio attorney Maury Maverick, Jr. if there was an exit in the back of the Alamo, to which Maverick replied, “there is no back door, that’s why they were all heroes.”

And so it is, that the Alamo and its remarkable history have been seared into the consciousness of our national character. It is the 19th century’s version of the Spartan 300, who stood defiantly against an overwhelming Persian army. The Alamo story is, in essence, our American Thermopylae, and the lodestar and standard of courage to which our fighting men and women aspire to till this day. Continue Reading →

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ICYMI: Reimagine the Alamo Unveils Proposed Master Plan Design

SAN ANTONIO – After nearly two years of intense work, the Alamo Master Plan Management Committee, which is comprised of representatives from the Texas General Land Office, the City of San Antonio, and the private Alamo Endowment, unveiled detailed design renderings of the proposed master plan for the Alamo Complex and surrounding area. The spectacular images depict a vision that restores reverence and dignity to one of the most historic battlefields in the United States while capturing the imagination of all ages and all cultures, for generations to come. Working in close collaboration, the Committee and the Master Plan Team, led by Dr. George C. Skarmeas of Preservation Design Partnership, LLC, undertook the first ever systematic study of the history and the physical evolution of the Alamo site from the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in 1724 to the present time, and conducted archaeological research in the summer of 2016. The resulting bold and visionary ideas are based on evidence and the best principles and practices of heritage conservation planning and design. “Today marks a major benchmark in the nearly two-year mission to restore a sense of dignity and decorum to our Shrine of Texas Liberty,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said. Continue Reading →

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Alamo kicks off 2017 Commemoration events

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today the Alamo kicks off events for the 2017 Commemoration of the Siege and Battle of 1836. For Alamo enthusiasts who cannot make it to San Antonio, they can follow the daily events at the Alamo on Twitter at and Facebook at Siege Readings: February 23 – March 6 / 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. daily
Alamo Living Historians present historical readings that illustrate what was happening at the Alamo during each day of the 1836 siege. Siege Readings are free to the public, in front of the Alamo Church, and last approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Ride for Texas Independence:

Friday, February 24 / 10 a.m.
February 24, 1836, Alamo commander William B. Travis wrote his now famous “Victory or Death” letter, and sent Courier Albert Martin to ride across Texas to deliver his impassioned plea for reinforcements. Continue Reading →

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