Preview of the Phil Collins Alamo artifacts collection.Have you seen the Phil Collins Collection Preview yet?
The preview will run until April 25 and allow visitors to glimpse a selection of priceless artifacts graciously gifted to the State of Texas by musician and historian, Phil Collins. The "Phil Collins Collection Preview" includes a bronze cannon used by the Mexican Army during the Battle of the Alamo, the original battle orders from General Antonio López de Santa Anna ordering the attack on the Alamo, and more precious historic artifacts from the 1836 Battle of the Alamo carefully selected and added to the Phil Collins Collection over the years.
This temporary exhibit will serve as a preview of what will be on display in the upcoming Alamo Exhibition Hall & Collections Building, set to open in the spring of 2022. The building will not only provide exhibit space to display the Phil Collins Collection, but will also serve as a state-of-the-art curatorial space to provide the necessary care for these priceless items. This building will serve as additional gallery space to the future Alamo Museum & Visitor Center, also in the developmental stages now. ... See MoreSee Less
I was there !!!!Beginning in April 1968 and running through October, HemisFair was an international exposition meant to celebrate the shared cultural heritage of the Americas. The fair was planned around the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio.
The fair was situated on more than 90 acres of central San Antonio, an old part of the city. According to the San Antonio Conservation Society, more than 2,200 homes and nearly 700 businesses were displaced in order to construct the fairgrounds.
More than 30 nations—from both hemispheres—participated in the exposition. A two-dollar admission fee let visitors roam through pavilions representing Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Switzerland, Venezuela, West Germany, and more. A monorail whisked fair-goers between the educational pavilions and the other attractions, such as water ski shows and amusement park rides.
Over it all stood the Tower of the Americas, a 750-foot-tall spire with a restaurant and observation deck. The tower, along with the convention center and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, remain as downtown landmarks.
Today, the HemisFair grounds are being redeveloped into a series of three parks with an accessible playground, numerous art installations, a family theatre, retail spaces, and residences.
Timeline PhotosThis photo dates to 1885 and shows the dedication of the Goliad Massacre Memorial in Fannin Plaza Park. Sitting on the step in the photo is William Lockhart Hunter, a survivor of the massacre. Hunter was a New Orleans Grey who fought in the Battle of Bexar and later at Goliad. Along with the others taken prisoner, Hunter was marched out and shot, and though he lost consciousness, his wound was not fatal. Hunter was taken care of by a local family and recovered. Later in life Hunter became a judge in the Goliad area and also served in the Texas Legislature. To read his and other survivor accounts, visit: www.sonsofdewittcolony.org/goliaddiverse3.htm... See MoreSee Less
The story of Texas Congressman Sam RayburnSam Rayburn took his oath of office on this day in 1913, becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He went on to represent Texas in Congress for nearly 50 years.
After his first few years as a congressman, Rayburn saved enough money to build a home for himself and his family. In 1914, he purchased 121 acres of land two miles west of Bonham. By 1916, construction of his two-story clapboard home was complete. The surrounding farmland produced cotton, corn, and sorghum crops and provided pastureland for cattle.
Today, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday for self-guided house tours. Visitors explore Rayburn’s personal life and political achievements and his impact on mid-20th-century history.
The home is a National Historic Landmark, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. ... See MoreSee Less