What Texans know as "the Alamo" was built as a mission church–San Antonio de Valero–in 1744. I say “built”, but actually the chapel was never finished. The Alamo had no roof until much later. The Catholic church eventually gave up using San Antonio de Valero. Around 1803 the compound was secularized, which means that the church gave it to others for non-religious uses. The old church
Fall in Texas is more likely to include “chili” meals than “chilly” weather, but my favorite color is still "October." Autumn is a great time to visit some of Texas’ great state parks to enjoy hiking, camping, and horseback riding while the weather is glorious. If you don’t enjoy camping in the rough, never fear. Several state parks have more “civilized” cabins for rent at extremely
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? A change of pace--hopefully not too far from home? And if it could be educational, too, that would be a plus, wouldn't it? If you haven't already discovered the Field Trips category in our blog archives, do yourself a favor and pop over for a peek! You'll find many of the destinations mentioned in the chronological volumes of the
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
March 6th is a somber day for Texans. On this day in 1836 the Mexican president Santa Anna--who had recently tossed out the Constitution, declared himself dictator, and set out with military force to disarm the people of Mexico--attacked his own citizens in the besieged Alamo mission, killing almost everyone inside. It was a horrendous injustice, but the Alamo defenders held out
Sometimes students (and teachers) get the mid-winter blahs. Maybe things got a little crazy after Thanksgiving as you tried to find time for school and holidays. Excited students have trouble focusing. Then after Christmas it can take a while to get back on schedule. A field trip might be just the change of pace you need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, and Spring is a great time of
A LOT of famous Texans were born toward the end of November and the first of December, so we'll have to double up a bit to get them all in. (Having "too many heroes" isn't really a bad thing though, eh?) John Nance Garner IV (known to his friends as "Cactus Jack" because he lobbied for the prickly pear cactus to be Texas' state flower instead of the bluebonnet) was born in
Mission San Juan Bautista, the "Mother of Texas Missions", was founded on the feast day of Saint John, June 24, 1699 as an outreach to the Coahuiltecan people of South Texas. The Franciscans first attempted to build their mission on the Río de Sabinas in Nuevo León, Mexico, but were only able to sustain the effort for a few months. On January 1, 1700 they tried again, this time in
If you homeschool in the Central Texas area or in the Hill Country, we'd love to see you at the 26th Annual FEAST Home School Convention in San Antonio this weekend, June 9-11!
It's odd to me to think of Fleet Admiral (4-star) Chester Nimitz as a barefoot boy or tiny babe born February 24, 1885 in Fredericksburg, Texas...but even great men start out small.