Alamo speech looks for Gonzales input


SAN ANTONIO – Bryan Preston of the Texas Land Office will be in Gonzales this morning to talk to 7th grade students at Gonzales Junior High School and local historians as part of the The Alamo Roadshow. The Alamo Roadshow is an effort inviting Texans to learn about ongoing preservation work happening at the state's most well-known historic site and include opportunities to share their own family stories, documents, and artifacts related to the Texas Revolution. Roadshow organizers will be gathering feedback from attendees on their thoughts and suggestions for the future of the Alamo.  

"The Alamo Roadshow is an opportunity for history enthusiasts to learn about the plan to preserve the Alamo and to build the state's largest Texas Revolution museum, as well as to share their own artifacts and historic family treasures," said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. "I invite all Texans to join us for an evening of discussion of preservation and Texas history."

Historians and curatorial staff from the Alamo and the General Land Office (GLO) will be on hand to help attendees evaluate and document stories and artifacts. Roadshow presenters will also bring several artifacts from the Alamo and GLO Archives that will someday appear in exhibits in the forthcoming Alamo Museum and Visitor's Center.

"As we begin to make plans for future exhibits and programming, and a museum to house the Alamo's collection, we want to invite all Texans to share their unique stories and connections to the Alamo and Texas history," said Alamo CEO Doug McDonald. "Whether it's a direct descendant of the Old Three Hundred, an artifact of the Texas Revolution, or a family heirloom related to Texas history, our goal is to send our curatorial professionals throughout Texas to help document and share those stories with everyone who loves Texas history. These stories are part of the Alamo's story, and could help shape the way we think about historical interpretation at the Alamo in the future."

Local historians and business leaders are excited to share their stories on the Immortal 32 and the Come and Take It part of Gonzales’ history.

“It’s a great way for Gonzales to share its history at the actual Alamo,” said Terry Fitzwater who organized the effort to get Mr. Preston to speak in Gonzales. “You cannot tell the story of the Alamo without Gonzales being talked about. Hopefully, as a result of this program, it will lead more people to visit Gonzales after they go to the Alamo and learn about our rich history and our friendly people.”

The program starts at the Junior High at 11 a.m. All non-student attendees must check in at the office between 10:30-11 a.m. The public is invited to attend this event.