This afternoon (Tuesday, February 9, 2016) at 4 pm, you may be interested in hearing Dr. Gregg Dimmick's presentation, "Come and Take It!" This is one in a series of monthly Texas Talks presented by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). Texas Talks are FREE webinars occurring throughout the year that allow you to engage with distinguished Texas history experts on a variety of
You have probably never heard of architect Robert Hugman, but if you've been to the San Antonio Riverwalk you've experienced his genius.
They don't quite share a birthday, but today we recognize two Texas entertainers--professional football player Roger Staubach and actor Rip Torn.
Albert Sydney Johnston was born February 2, 1803 in Washington, Kentucky--the youngest son of Dr. and Mrs. John Johnston. Though young Albert considered following his father's footsteps into a medical career, a future in the military seemed to be his destiny from the time he attended college with future Jefferson Davis.
The groundbreaking for the current Texas Capitol Building took place 134 years ago today--February 1, 1882. The building took 6 years to complete and has been expanded several times to suit the needs of our growing state. Now it is a complex of buildings surrounded by a beautiful 26-acre park. I could tell you about it, but you'd probably enjoy a movie version more!
This weekend we say "Happy birthday!" to two Hall of Famers. Born January 29, 1908 in Antioch Texas, jazz pianist Alton Stricklin never had a paid lesson but grew up to earn honors from the Texas WEstern Swing Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. His father was a fiddler, and little Alton first tried his hands on the piano keyboard when
Texas Ranger John Coffee "Jack" Hays was born in the community of Cedar Lick in Wilson County, Tennessee on January 28, 1817. He moved to Mississippi in 1832 whe he was just 15 to learn the trade or surveying but headed to Texas when the Revolution broke out. Arriving too late for the fighting, he joined a Ranger company serving under Erastus "Deaf" Smith. By 1840 Hays was a
William Lewis Moody was a businessman successful in banking and insurance, but more than that he was a philanthropist--a man who gave away his wealth for the benefit of others. Born in Fairfield, Texas in 1865, the young Moody was sent to boarding schools in Virginia and attended VMI before studying law at the University of Texas. In 1866, he joined his family in Galveston where
Everyone has a birthday, but what do you do if no one remembers what day you were born? That was the case with Jules Bledsoe. All we have is a year: 1897...or 1898...or maybe 1899. Jules' parents split up in 1899, and his mother took him with her to live with the Cobb family. I grew up in his hometown, Waco, and local tradition has it that it was his grandmother who took him to church
Author's note: Wednesday was the day Texas State Sales Taxes are due. Since I'm a "one woman show", this post is unfortunately a day late...and much more than a dollar short! Oh, well. I'm trying to see paying taxes as one more way I can serve the great state of Texas. ;) To read many history books, you might think that history was made only by men. There are several possible reasons