We've improved the Discover Texas History program every year since it came out in 1999! In the last year or two we've been extra busy with some BIG changes that we hope will make the program better and better for our customers while preserving all the features you've loved for nearly 20 years. :) You can still order Discover Texas in its original format on CD disks. Because we
We love book fairs! Why? (I mean, we understand that there are other ways to get the information and curriculum you need to homeschool in Texas...) Let me count the ways! Nowhere else can you see such a wide assortment of teaching materials all in one place! The first time I walked into a homeschool exhibition, my mind almost exploded with all the possibilities. You get to
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
Since the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired in Gonzales, Texas, it is perhaps fitting that it was also in Gonzales, Texas that Sam Houston gathered his army.
Susannah Dickenson is one of Gonzales’ best known citizens, and one whose story has long intrigued me. Born in Tennessee about 1814, little is known about Susanna Wilkerson until she married Almaron Dickinson on May 24, 1829. She was only 15 years old; he, 28. Within two years, the young couple was on their way to Texas where Almaron was granted a league of land on the San Marcos
Green DeWitt received permission from the Mexican government to establish a colony of 400 families in Texas in 1825, making him an empresario, but it was seven years later before the selected town site of Gonzales was surveyed.
Just before sunset on February 23, 1836, Launcelot Smithers slipped out of the Alamo and spurred his horse 76 miles to Gonzales. He carried a note from Col. Travis to Alcalde Ponton: The enemy in large force is in sight. We want men and provisions. Send them to us. We have 150 men and are determined to defend the Alamo to the last. Give us assistance. P.S. Send an express to San Felipe
How many patriots does it take to make a difference? In Texas, it was only 18. That’s how many men went out to meet over 100 Mexican dragoons who came to take their weapons.
Alcalde was the title of the government official who acted as mayor of towns in early Texas. I wish I could tell you that the Hotel Alcalde in Gonzales is named for the last alcalde of the town, but it’s not. Aref Droupy, who built the hotel in 1926, chose the name because it reminded him of a courtyard he once visited at a little villa in Mexico City. In its own right,
Gonzales, capital city of the DeWitt Colony, was named in honor of Rafael Gonzales, Governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila Y Tejas.