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
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.
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Houston began with approximately 1200 Texians in his volunteer army, but after the slaughter at the Alamo and the Goliad massacre, approximately 400 deserted him to get their families to safety in the runaway scrape. He might have hoped for a larger force, but this number represents 2%-3% of Texas population of 38,500 in 1836, which is only a little less that the proportion who normally
Most Texans are familiar with the song The Yellow Rose of Texas made popular by Roy Rogers in a 1944 movie of the same name. There is a very good case for believing that Emily West (Morgan) was the storied “Yellow Rose of Texas”, but a fair depiction of that lady is a good example of why I am a stickler for original source documents–first-hand eye-witness accounts of historical
Sometimes we forget that the people we remember as history's heroes were as human as we are. Looking back, we see their choices as wise and heroic, but from their own perspective they were often just scared and trying to stay alive. The early Texians fought Santa Anna because their livelihoods depended on freedom. After the Alamo fell and the Goliad captives were murdered, some headed
Every Spring, God carpets the state of Texas in blue. But it wasn't until March 7, 1901 that the Texas legislature adopted the bluebonnet as the official State Flower of Texas. What interests me, beyond the flat-out stunning beauty of the little wildflower also known as buffalo clover, is that one woman spearheaded the movement to have the humble Texas lupine exalted to this place of
Did you know that there are five varieties of bluebonnet "officially" recognized as the State Flower?
One concept that's difficult to understand is that no hero is all good . . . and no enemy is all bad. In the Bible, we remember Rahab the Harlot who hid two Hebrew spies and helped them escape from the city. At the Battle of Goliad we encounter Francita Alavez--only that may not be her real name. It could be Francisca or Panchita. People assumed that she was the wife of Mexico's