This series of posts celebrates Texas: The Beginning, a field trip resource for lovers of Texas history. The Battle of Gonzales on October 2, 1835 was a small skirmish, really. Only 18 men with a tiny cannon. Only one Mexican soldier was killed. But it only takes a spark to start a forest fire when the tinder is dry! Because Texans did not trust their government, the shots fired on
Texas: The Beginning is the brainchild of a small group of history buffs and influential businessmen who have come together to preserve the historical important of Gonzales as a prequel to the Alamo. They tell “the rest of the story”, and it’s a fascinating beginning, indeed! Please consider this field trip resource as a possible "Stay-cation" for your history-loving family! :)
As you know, I'm a HUGE fan of field trips. Texas has so many excellent museums, festivals, and historic places of interest to visit! One of my favorites is the Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. If you're looking for a terrific way to wrap up your year's study of Discover Texas History, this event would be a great idea! The Institute of
Few of us wake up in the morning with the expectation of doing anything "heroic"...or of needing to. The funny thing is, that's how the day starts for most humans--even heroes. Life just kind of happens. We wake up. We get ready for our day. We get to work, and in the process of our day we encounter challenges and make choices. We almost never know in advance when one
May 18, 1855 was the birthday of John “Bet-a-Million” Gates. John Gates came to San Antonio as barbed wire salesman in 1876, but Texans were reluctant to believe the fine wire could contain rough and hardy longhorn cattle.Gates got permission to fence the town square with his new barbed wire. Billing the demonstration as entertainment, he offered $10 to anyone whose cattle could break
Unless you've been living in complete isolation, it's bound to have occurred to you that all people do NOT think alike! ;) In fact, if you have more than one child, you've probably noticed that no two children think alike, even if they're raised in the same family. They don't LEARN alike, either. Did you know that there are at least THREE distinct learning styles, FOUR basic
Texas won its independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto on 21 April 1836. It wasn’t official, though, until 14 May 1836. That’s the day that two treaties were signed in Velasco by ad interim president of the Texas Republic David G. Burnet and Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. One was published immediately, but the other was a “secret” treaty.
Discover Texas History is more than a name. Discovery is an entirely different way of learning.
If you're still sitting on the fence about attending one of this summer's THSC Conventions, please let me attempt to sway you by telling you about Featured Speaker Rick Green, founder of The Patriot Academy, an elite training program for our nation's future leaders. Rick Green and his family bring history to life as they empower other families to live their freedom and restore the
“The Fifth of May” commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.