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Events for 2004-2005

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Sept 11-12, 2004 - School of the Piece at Fort Hood, Killeen. This will be on a military post and all military rules apply. Artillery how-to's and safety. Open to all interested. Details: click here. All persons crewing cannons will need a wool (100% wool) long sleeve jacket. Topics include: what to wear (and what not to wear) and why; what positions are what, and what do they do; where not to stand around cannon; what to do when it doesn't go boom; how to recognize when a gun crew is signalling a problem (important for cavalry and infantry too). This is a school.... Please contact Leo Bush for a mailing address for fees. This event is rated 1.

Sept. 10 - 12, 2004 - Escuela (school) del Soldado, a new event for Mexican Soldados. Located at Fort Anahuac in Anahuac, Tex. The scenario is 1830 and the Mexican government has sent troops to construct a brick fort / customs house. This was a peaceable time and the locals did not have a militia. The County Historical Comm. is trying to build public interest in the reconstruction of Fort Anahuac. Due to the scenario, this is going to be primarily a soldado event, although there may be a few Texian civilians assisting the military. This is a working event, during the Gator Festival, and the public will be present, so all participants need to demonstrate a period skill. Friday is School Day, and demonstrators need to be set up early. This is the first event with these sponsors, and the supply train is unproven. Water, portajohns, and a Saturday evening meal are expected to be provided, but be prepared. All interested parties please contact Don Herlitz at lossoldadosdetejas@yahoo.com for registration forms and the latest details. This event is rated 3.

September 18, 2004 - First annual Multi-Period living history event at the Presidio. Legion VIII Augusta and Presidio La Bahia cordially invite you to attend. Timeline is Roman Legions through the American Civil War. Presidio La Bahia is a Spanish Colonial Fort from 1749, located one mile south of Goliad on U.S. Highway 183. Tentative hours, 10 am to 5 pm - open to public. Registration and setup 8 am to 10 am. The event will be a mixture of lectures and demonstrations at the individual campsites / tent sites of the groups with alternating drill / maneuvers / simulated combat / etc. on the parade grounds. A schedule will be published when I receive an outline of the activities proposed by each group. Facilities for reenactors include toilets, lavatories and drinking fountain. Any fire pits dug must be returned to their original condition by replacing the grass/turf to cover the fire pit, after confirming that the fire is completely out. (See the article on fire safety - ed.) Camping is available onsite before the event, and all wood must be returned to the wood storage area; all sites must be public-ready by 9 am. Each group is responsible for cleaning up their own mess, to include any debris from firing rifle/musket blanks. Smokers must police up all cigarette/cigar butts and carry them offsite.  No pets allowed. All children must be supervised / controlled at ALL times and all safety rules will be enforced. No vehicles allowed on the parade grounds or quadrangle at any time. Entry and exit will be through the main entry, the sally ports will remain closed. Please contact me for or with further information, as I would like to determine the number of attendees and get required participant waivers pre-submitted as much as possible. I would welcome any help you can provide to spread the word of the event.
Charles Benson
aka: Gaius Livius Marcellus
Optio - Legion VIII Augusta

This event is rated 3.

The Battle of Gonzales, October 2, 1835 - The settlers of Gonzales defy Mexican authority and fire the first shot of the Texas Revolution

October 1-3, 2004 - "Come and Take It" Days in Gonzales, Texas. This small farming and ranching Texas town celebrates the event that placed its name into world history books forever: the "Come and Take it" flag. Mexican General Cos stationed in San Antonio sent a detachment of about 30 cavalrymen to remove from the citizens of Gonzales a small 1" bore cannon they had for protection from Indians. Several hundred Texans that had gathered in Gonzales for the building revolution stood off the Mexican troops, under a hastily made flag. It bears a cannon barrel and the soon to be famous words: "Come and Take It". In downtown Gonzales there is a parade, craft & food booths, music and much, much more. After you've seen the parade, eat and drink your fill and the music is getting to you, gather up the family and head out to the Gonzales Pioneer Village, a mile or so north of downtown. At the Pioneer Village, you can leisurely stroll amongst 19th and early 20th century homes and other buildings. While doing this you will receive a short history and insight to the life and daily routine of the 1835 Texans. You will witness various scenarios and a skirmish between the Mexican troops and the Texans. This not an actual re-enactment of the original clash, but will give you a better understanding of 1830's military tactics. On Saturday the Village is open from 12 noon till 5p.m. There is a small admission fee for entry, but it is well worth it. See you there. Click here for Reënactor/Living Historian Information  This event is rated 3.

October 2-3, 2004 - Muster Days Camp Mabry, Austin, TX. This is a timeline event showcasing Texas military forces and equipment from 1836 to present. Camp Mabry is an active National Guard base, and all military rules apply. Reenactors and active military personnel explain and demonstrate equipment, tactics, living conditions, and other facets of their respective periods. To access Camp Mabry for Muster Day, exit the Missouri-Pacific (MOPAC) Highway (Loop 1) onto West 35th Street and turn right (or north) into Camp Mabry at Maintenance Drive. All vehicle occupants must show driver license or other photo identification. For more information, contact retired Brig. Gen. John Scribner at (512) 782-5659 or check out the the Texas Military Forces Museum Web site at: www.kwanah.com/txmilmus. In the past, overnight camping has been allowed; many use a fire box (above ground) but pits have been allowed. Best to get there Friday night and set up. Participant parking is close to the parade ground. Public Attendees: Admission is free. The museum and its gift shop will be open, and the museum will have a book sale; food booths and other vendors will be set up at the event. This event is rated 3½ .

The Battle for Goliad, October 9, 1835 - Goliad Falls to Texian Forces

October 9, 2004 - Fall at the Alamo, sponsored by the DRT. All participants will wear 1830s attire. As this is ON THE GROUNDS at the Alamo, NO BLACK POWDER WILL BE ALLOWED. Weapons will be inspected. Questions? Contact George at webmaster@texianlegacy.com). Arrival (setup, weapons check) is at 8 a.m. Those bringing their own food & drinks: no plastic, styrofoam, etc., and all equipage needs to be period, period. Backdrop theme is the 1844 Burleson / Jones election. (Anson Jones won.) This event is rated 3½ .

October 22-24, 2004 - Texian Market Days, at the George Ranch just south of Richmond, Texas . The George Ranch has extended the dates to include Friday, to increase the availability of schools to attend as a school function. Obviously, this means that they would like to have as many participants as possible for Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday, but it also means that setup will be Thursday the 21st and those arriving on Friday will not be able to set up until after the Friday program is over, which is estimated to be about 2:30 pm. There will be a waiting area for those Friday arrivals who do not wish to shuttle in to participate. We will be hosting a field trip Friday again this year. As I think you already know, Ed Gearke from our museum staff is working on bringing the museum's new outreach program to TMD. This will consist of station-based interpretive programs sharing components of pioneer life. There will be plenty of room and opportunity, as always for some volunteer Texians on hand, and a handful of Mexican soldiers. Over the weekend, we should have enough participants to stage a Runaway Scrape-sized battle each day. Register as early as possible to allow scheduling and program work. Contact Bryan McAuley or Karen Stevenson for more information, or visit www.georgeranch.org. From John Baker: If you are camping out, they're planning on putting our tents in a different location (still be close to the log cabin) so, please check with Bryan or Karen as to where. Please bring your own food for meals. We'll be doing the following vignettes: Speeches on pro war and anti war October 1835; Duels; Marching children; Firing squad; Small battle between Texians and Mexican Army. - John Baker. Teachers please note: October 22, 2004 is Texian Market School Day. With programs and activities designed especially for middle school students, Texian Market Days gang invites students to put their "hands on Texas history" at all of the George Ranch Historical Park's interpretive sites. Reservations required. For more information, please call 281-343-0218 or 281-545-9212 x 220. Public attendees: Buy tickets on line at www.georgeranch.org and save! Advance Tickets: $4 per person (5 and older). Group Tickets: $4 per person; minimum of 15 people. In case of inclement weather, advance tickets can be redeemed for admission to the George Ranch anytime between October 24 and December 30, 2004. At the gate: Adult: $10; Child (5 to 15): $5; Fort Bend Museum Association Members: Free; Children 4 and younger: Free. This event is rated 3.

October 29-31, 2004 - Austin Town Historical Reenactment   Imagine the sound of a thunderous cannon boom as the militia is called to muster and seeing Stephen F. Austin, Jane Long, and other historical characters living life as it was in their time.
Step back in time with the Brazoria County Historical Museum as it presents the Eighth Annual Austin Town. A living history re-enactment, Austin Town recalls and celebrates the lives of those pioneers who settled Colonial Texas from 1821 to 1832. The fictitious "Austin Town" typically features character interpreters, demonstrators, sutlers, militia drill units, and period games. The purpose of the three-day event is not only to provide an educational and entertaining experience for Brazoria County residents, but also to attract visitors from outside the County who appreciate our area's wonderful history as well.
The Austin Town site is located approximately 3 miles off of State Highway 288 on Business 288, just north of Angleton, Texas. Public attendees: Admission Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and senior citizens over 65. Austin Town is open for school groups only on Friday, October 29. Austin Town is open to all visitors on Saturday, October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator via e-mail at programs@bchm.org or by telephone at (979) 864-1208. Registration forms are required. Click here for BCHM's Website  This event is rated 3.

Battle of Concepción, October 28, 1835 - Opening engagement in the siege of Béxar

October 30, 2004 - "Battle of Concepción" 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission is free. Near the old Spanish Mission of Concepción, this battle of the Texas Revolution was fought between the Mexican military garrisoned in town and the Texian rebels. This historical encampment and battle reenactment will be presented across from Mission Concepción at 919 Mission Road, adjacent to St. Peter/St. Joseph's Children's Home. Members of the San Antonio Living History Association, using authentic flintlock muskets, long rifles and cannon of the combatants, dress in uniforms and clothing of the 1830s. The field event includes a historic encampment with period demonstrations and life skills of the 1835-36 Texas Revolution. This San Antonio Living History Association-sponsored event welcomes and invites participation from other Texas Revolution reenactors and organizations who wish to register for this event. For more information contact SALHA through their web site.  This event is rated 3.

November 6-7, 2004 - San Felipe Campout, San Felipe. This is a Texas Army event.  From Houston, travel west on Interstate 10 to FM 1458 (just before Sealy). Turn right (north) on FM 1458 and then left on Park Road 38. The camp has been across the street from Stephen F Austin State Park , but last year the location changed to "down by the river in the old park area.". Contact Jerry Tubbs for more details and the correct location for this year.. This event is rated 3.

November 6, 2004 - San Jacinto Monument Fall Family Festival, La Porte, at the San Jacinto Monument.  Living history crafts, demonstrations & entertainment geared to family and kids.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special theme for this year is the "Vaqueros & Cowboys"  in honor of the "Texas Originals" exhibit in the San Jacinto Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Food vendors will be on-hand to provide refreshments.  For more information, telephone the San Jacinto Museum of History at 281/479-2421 or visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org . Event Coordinator, C. David Pomeroy, Jr.  This event is rated 3.

November 13-14, 2004 - Old Knoxville Days Celebration (Knoxville, Georgia) - hosted by Georgia’s Crawford County Historical Society, and the theme of this year's event is “The Lone Star Legacy: Honoring Our Texas Ties.”
In November of 1835, William Ward, of Macon, Georgia, organized three infantry companies to serve in Texas’ fight for independence. The companies were equipped with arms from the Georgia Arsenal and much of their other equipment was paid for by Ward, himself. In Knoxville, Georgia, on their way to Texas, the volunteers were presented with a beautiful blue and white flag created by the young Joanna Troutman. Upon landing in Texas, the volunteers were formed into the Georgia Battalion, with Ward as their Commander, and placed under the overall command of James Walker Fannin. Ward and his men served bravely and honorably in Texas’ fight for independence, but were captured by the Mexican forces. On Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836 they, along with the rest of Fannin’s command, were marched out of Presidio La Bahia and executed. These men gave their last full measure of devotion for their adopted country and should always be remembered.
  The Texas Rev. reenactment community has been invited to take part in honoring the men from Georgia who were instrumental in the formation of our great state. This is a rare opportunity to be able to formally thank the people whose ancestors sacrificed everything in order to help us enjoy the land and life we have today. 
This is an important event and we want to make it very clear that it is open to anyone who feels it is important to honor these Texas patriots. The Texian Legacy Assn. will provide a safety officer at the event and general coordination, communication and information for the Texian side of the event, but the event should be considered open to all Texas Rev. reenactors who want to take part.
  Knoxville, Georgia is just west of Macon, or about 950 miles from Austin, so this is not a short trip. I’ll probably be leaving Austin on the 10th  and coming back on the 15th. We already have a number of people interested in going and if folks want to carpool or fly and have someone who is driving take their equipment, that can all be arranged. To get on the carpool or equipment haul lists, please contact George Rollow as soon as possible so those details may be arranged. The folks in Knoxville are very excited about having the Texian contingent take part and are planning a lot of events around our attendance. There is even word that there may be a small bounty to help defray expenses, but we have no firm details on that yet, and may not have those details in time to post them here before the event. If you're interested in going, let Charlie Yates know and PLEASE pass this on to any of your friends or fellow reenactors who might be interested. 9/9/04 Update from Kim Gordon and Mona Lowe, CCHS: The re-enactors will be located in front of the Crawford County Historical Society headquarters. There is plenty of room there with a few nice trees and you will be near a source of water. The area is just east of (across the street from) the courthouse between Hwys 80 and 42 . The flag presentation re-enactments will be directly across the street on the courthouse grounds and the memorial ceremony (part of the Sunday morning community service) will be about a block south of the courthouse. This event is rated 3½ .

The Storming of Béxar, December 5-9, 1835 - Béxar (San Antonio) Falls to Texian Forces - Dec 9, 1835 General Cos Surrenders

December 11, 2004 - Battle of Béjar and the Capitulation of General Cos 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at La Villita's Maverick Plaza. Admission is free. Reenactment of the 5-day storming of Béjar (old San Antonio) and the surrender ceremonies of the Mexican garrison by General Martín Perfecto de Cos to the Texian Federalist Army. The nearby Cos House in historic La Villita is the site of the December, 1835, capitulation that gave Texian troops control of Béjar and the Alamo fortress only three months before the famous 1836 siege and battle of the Alamo. This San Antonio Living History Association-sponsored event welcomes and invites participation from other Texas Revolution reenactors and organizations who wish to register for this event. For more information contact SALHA through their web site This event is  rated 3.

December 9-11, 2004 - Candlelight Tours, Sam Houston Park in Houston. December 9, 10, 11, 2004 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.(except the 11th, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.) Sam Houston Park, Downtown Houston, Allen Parkway at 1100 Bagby. Enjoy Yule Tide Festivities: Historic homes, demonstrations of traditional crafts, antique toy exhibit,  and much more.

January 7-9, 2005 - Pilgrim's Camp and Swap Meet. Location is the Gonzales Pioneer Village, 11961 FM 466 Gonzales, TX 78629. Folks from several different Texas Rev groups have joined together to organize this event with the goal of providing a friendly, safe, informative and fun place for "civilians" to explore their interest in living history and for "old hands" to pass on their knowledge and expertise. Camping will be available in two camps; one for modern camping and one for period camping. Meetings will be held to discuss the various levels of living history; the philosophy and goals of our avocation; weapons, clothing and tools of the period; historical research, and, above all else: safety issues. In order to provide an environment most conducive to learning, the event will be open to living historians, reënactors, interested individuals and groups, but will be closed to the general public. In conjunction with the "Pilgrim's" Camp, the "old hands" are encouraged to bring their surplus gear, equipment, clothes and accouterments for an old fashioned trading session and swap meet. If you're a living historian interested in helping lead one of the presentations or simply someone interested in getting involved in the wonderful world of early Texas, contact Jerry Tubbs (telephone 713-973-1136) or Charlie Yates (telephone 512-264-2355). A $10 camp fee will be charged for wood & port-a-jons. For more details (and a map link) click here. This event is rated 1. If you missed out and want to see the notes from 2004, they're here.

February 19, 2005 Artillery Live Fire at Fort Hood, Killeen. This will be on a military post and all military rules apply. Artillery live fire, NOT a School of the Piece. Open to all interested. Details: click here. All persons crewing cannons will need a wool (100% wool) long sleeve jacket. Please contact Leo Bush for a mailing address for fees. This event is rated 1.

February 19, 2005 Texas Heritage Day at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble Texas 77338- about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy 59, off of FM 1960 (near North side of Bush Intercontinental Airport of Houston). The event is open to the public from 10-4 and brings on average 2,500-4000 visitors. A big invitation goes out to any and all Texas history re-enactors to help bring this event together! For re-enactors wishing to stay Friday and/or Saturday night, sites for period camping are available. We can accommodate several over-nighters in the park's tents and homestead structures. Families are most welcome to stay as well. Modern restrooms and showers are located near campsites. We have plenty of hay, fire rings and firewood to help make the stay enjoyable. Just please pre-register with us first to make sure there is still room! Contact Mike or Anita Howlett at 281.446.8588 or email me at ahowlett@hcp4.net For more information on the park, it's programs and people please visit: www.cp4.hctx.net/jones or call us at 281.446.8588 --Anita and Mike Howlett This event is rated 3.

Santa Anna and the Mexican Army Arrive in Béxar, February 23, 1836 - The Alamo is Surrounded by Mexican Forces

February 26, 2005 - Glory at the Alamo at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Texas, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is free. Living history reënactments portray the beginning of the 13-day Alamo siege including a scene from a Fandango; the earlier-than-expected arrival of Santa Anna's Army of Operations Against Texas; early attempts to parley, an Alamo cannon shot in reply; and the reading of the famous Travis letter from the Alamo asking for aid. "Glory At The Alamo" programs also feature living history interactive demonstrations, period music, dance, food and novelty booths, historical crafts, old-time photographs, a sutler store and family fun for all. Also hosted is "This Hallowed Ground - Alamo Plaza", a historical walking tour of Alamo Plaza that is presented in collaboration with the William Barret Travis Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. This San Antonio Living History Association-sponsored event welcomes and invites participation from other Texas Revolution reenactors and organizations who wish to register for this event. For more information contact SALHA through their web site This event is rated 3½ .

February 25-27, 2005 - Alamo 169: a total immersion living history event. This is a photo juried event, no walk-ons or group registration will be allowed. We are limiting the Texian participation to 125 bodies and the Mexican side is open so long as the registrants meet the specified requirements. A limited number of percussion small arms will be allowed but we are encouraging all to use flintlocks for this event. There will be a registration fee to cover meals, port a john rentals and other things that factor into an event of this size. I hope that this is an event folks will be interested in and look forward to hearing from you soon!

  Dios, libertad y Tejas,
  Scott McMahon
  Cpt. -S.W. Frontiers Mntd. Ranging Co.
  Alamo 169 Event Coordinator
  email tejanodiablo@hotmail.com for details on registration, requirements, location, & cet.
This event is rated 5.


Texas Independence Day, March 2, 1836 Delegates in convention at Washington-On-The-Brazos sign the Texas Declaration of Independence

Texas Independence Day Celebrations:

March 2, 2005 - Texas Independence Day Memorial Service, Texas State Cemetery, Austin. 8:30 AM, from IH 35  go East on 7th street to Navasota. Turn left, cemetery main building will be up the block on your right at the flagpole. Memorial service and musket volley to honor the Great State of Texas, and the Men and Women who made her so. Keynote Speaker: to be announced. At noon, the celebrations and ceremonies at the State Capitol will begin, downtown at Congress Ave. and 11th Street. This event is rated 3.

March 5, 2005 - Texas Independence Day Celebration and Parade in Austin, Texas.  Sponsored by our friends at Celebrate Texas . Beginning this year, the parade and BBQ Cookoff will be held on Saturday.   This event is rated 3.

March 5-6, 2005 - Texas Independence Day Festivities at Washington-On-The-Brazos, Texas. For an invitation to participate, contact Walt Bailey. Walt can be reached at 936-878-2214 ext. 224. Mail is Walt Bailey - Interpretive Specialist, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, P.O. Box 305, Washington, TX 77880. Email is at Walter.Bailey@tpwd.state.tx.us This event is rated 3.

March 2-6, 2005 - Texas Independence Day Celebrations, statewide. Celebrate Texas encourages everyone to help with celebrations in their hometown. See their website.

The Alamo Falls to Santa Anna, March 6, 1836 - Travis, Crockett, Bowie and approximately 200 defenders are killed in heavy, early morning fighting.

March 6, 2005 - Dawn at the Alamo Memorial 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio,Texas. SALHA members, joined by re-enactors from across the U.S., represent both armies and pay homage in recognition of the great sacrifices made on both sides of the Alamo conflict. Thirteen candles are lit to symbolize the 13-day Alamo siege. The fall of the Alamo is remembered with a historical narrative, readings of eyewitness accounts, a reconciliation peace prayer, in both English and Spanish, flintlock musket volley salutes, and the placement of commemorative wreathes complete the solemn event. This free hour-long event begins during the Alamo battle hour that begins in darkness and ends in early morning light. Participation with wreaths is welcomed from Alamo descendants, historical organizations, students and other visitors. This San Antonio Living History Association-sponsored event welcomes and invites participation from other Texas Revolution reenactors and organizations who wish to register for this event. For more information contact SALHA through their web site This event is  rated 3½ .

March 5-6, 2005 - "Remembering the Alamo" Weekend at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Texas, from 11 AM – 5 PM Saturday, and 12 – 4 PM Sunday. Admission is free. Features educational programs, demonstrations and re-enactments interpreting the men, women, and children of both sides of the Alamo battle. From historical music and dance, food preparation, corn grinding, spinning and weaving to demonstrations of the types of arms and tactics used by both sides with military accoutrements and 1836 period fashions. "Santa Anna's Council of War" and "For God and Texas! ¡Dios y Libertad!" are the main re-enactments that convey the story of the Alamo conflict. A Sutler store, Alamo certificates signed by students with quill pens, cornhusk doll making, and a kids marching drill are also featured. This San Antonio Living History Association-sponsored event welcomes and invites participation from other Texas Revolution reenactors and organizations who wish to register for this event. For more information contact SALHA through their web site .  This event is rated 3.

March 5, 2005 - DRT Texas History Forum , Republic of Texas Museum, Austin. Jack Hinson, Director of the French Legation Museum, said it best: "Greetings. Here is information concerning the 2005 DRT Texas History Forum. I realize the week of March 5, 2005 will be a busy one, but I hope there is room on your schedules to enjoy this special event. Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you feel might be interested. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Jack Hinson." Click here for more, including registration info. This event is rated 1.

March 12, 2005 - Reenactor Workshop , Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble Texas 77338- about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy 59, off of FM 1960 (near North side of Bush Intercontinental Airport of Houston). FREE Living History (re-enactor) workshop featuring: Dr. Ken Brown of University of Houston, presenting on TX Archeology, "Prehistoric and Historic Background Data Facts"- including his finds at digs in San Felipe; Dennis Jones, Superintended of Brazos SP and L.H. re-enactor, presenting "Texas Prairies- The Lost Legacy" how it affects and pertains to Texas History Re-enactors; Anita Howlett, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, presenting the history behind Settler Life Demonstrations, in "easy to swallow sessions". Classroom sessions are followed by food and a fun period barn dance in the Redbud Hill Homestead. Events are free, but registration is required! Call the park at 281.446.8588 or email ahowlett@hcp4.net. For more information on the park, it's programs and people please visit: www.cp4.hctx.net/jones or call us at 281.446.8588 --Anita and Mike Howlett This event is rated 1.

Battle of Coleto, March 19, 1836 - Fannin and 384 men under his command surrender to General Urrea

Fannin Massacre, March 27, 1836 - Fannin and his command are massacred at Goliad

April 2-3, 2005 - "The Goliad Massacre" at Presidio La Bahía, Goliad, Texas. This event is sponsored by the Presidio La Bahía and the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association. Click here for Attendance Information including a complete list and timetable of events. Click here for Reënactor/Living Historian Information. For guidelines for clothing, and the most recent info, check out the COTLHA web site www.cotlha.com. If you are not sure about clothing and such, check the end of the COTLHA bylaws which has an appendix with guidelines. . CONTACTS: Steve Trowbridge , 307 Taos, Victoria, TX 77904 or Dave Vickers , P. O. Box 942, Sinton, TX 78387. New as of 3/15/05I have received word from our fellow re-enactor Phillip De La Pena; he & Ector Aguilar are trying to get together a Company of Greys/US Militia for this event. Anyone that might be interested in being part of that company please contact him via email at phildlp0212@yahoo.com as soon as possible so he might get a count and possibly schedule a get together before the event for those interested. This event is rated 3½.

April 2, 2005 - History Faire and Culture Fest sponsored by Tejeda Middle School, San Antonio, Texas. 10am - 4pm. Free admission, and the event will go rain or shine. This event covers from Vikings to WWII, and is a community, family style event that draws quite a crowd. This is a great event to introduce people to "living history". The timeline history reenactment groups and demonstrations will be on History Hill, behind the school. Groups and periods include the Buffalo Soldiers, SCA, Muskets of the Crown, WWII, Texas Rev and many more. A stage will be set up for dance and cultural performance groups.  Musical groups include Scots, Mexican, and various ethnic groups. ( MS students learn Social Studies as opposed to History ). Student groups will sell handmade items, food and drinks, and run some games. Picnics are welcomed. If anyone knows of any one or group who would be interested in participating please put them get in touch with one of these fine people: Debora Marzec or Randy Guzman for registration. Directions available on the school site. This event is rated 3½.

April 9-10, 2005 Runaway Scrape and Engagement at Thompson's Ferry, at the George Ranch , just south of Richmond, Texas . The George Ranch Historical Park will be hosting its sixth annual Runaway Scrape and Engagement at Thompson's Ferry on April 9 and 10, 2005. We have had a good turn out of re-enactors the past few events but this year we hope for more. We need re-enactors to portray fleeing colonists, defending Texian infantry, cavalry, and artillery, as well as Mexican infantry, cavalry, and artillery. There will be a cotton bale defense line for the Texians that will be defending Thompson's Ferry. There will be firewood, hay, and water for camps. Horses must have current Coggins. Bounty for artillery, and possibly mileage pay. All reenactors must return registration forms by April 1st by mail or by fax. To receive a registration form please call the Ranch at 281-343-0218 ext. 278 (Bryan McAuley).  This event is rated 3½.

Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836 - Santa Anna's Army Defeated by General Sam Houston and Texian Forces

April 21 - May 17, 2005 - Oaks Bank & Trust San Jacinto Exhibit Following is preliminary information about The Oaks Bank & Trust Company's 4th annual San Jacinto Day event in Dallas and an exhibit by the Dallas Historical Society that will include rare items, several of which haven't been seen in public since the 1936 Texas Centennial. Watch for further details regarding a reception on April 21 at the bank or feel free to contact me for further information. Please feel free to pass this news along to your contacts or groups; we hope you'll visit. Regards, Craig
Oaks Bank & Trust's 4th Annual San Jacinto Day Exhibit to Feature Gen. Santa Anna Artifacts
Dallas Historical Society to display items not seen since 1936 Texas Centennial as part of bank's Lex Johnston Republic of Texas Collection program
DALLAS - A silk brocade vest owned by Mexico's Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna around the time of the Texas Revolution and a diorama depicting his surrender - neither seen by the public since the 1936 Texas Centennial - will anchor an exhibit by the Dallas Historical Society at The Oaks Bank & Trust Company's 4th annual San Jacinto Day observance.
Other personal items of Gen. Santa Anna, Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson, and Republic of Texas leaders will join art and artifacts from the bank's own collection April 21, San Jacinto Day, at the Oaks Bank office at 4849 Greenville Ave., at University in Dallas. The exhibit is free and hours are Mondays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon. The event will conclude May 17, the 20th anniversary of Oaks Bank & Trust's founding by Chairman Max Wells and the late Lex Johnston. More items from the bank's Lex Johnston Republic of Texas Collection are on permanent display at its five Dallas, Duncanville and Richardson offices and at www.oaksbank.com/pages/txarthistory.html. Information is available at 214-361-7400.
In past events marking the final battle that brought independence to Texas in 1836, Oaks Bank and the Historical Society displayed relics from the period and have worked to preserve fragile historic items such as the only personally signed copy of Gen. Sam Houston's report on the battle. Currently the bank is helping the society restore and preserve one of only four battle flags captured from the Mexican Army at San Jacinto, with plans that it will be the focus of next year's collaboration to help bring Texas history to the public outside the museum walls.
Craig McDaniel, APR - McDaniel Marketing Communications LLC - P.O. Box 191411 - Dallas, TX 75219 - mcdanielpr@swbell.net
Business or Texian attire, but no weapons as this is a bank. Group visits, please contact Craig McDaniel for scheduling.

April 23, 2005 - San Jacinto Battle Reënactment The events have been moved to a new site due to the current archeological work on the battlefield. The new location has a large berm so the spectators have "stadium seating" this year. In addition to the Battle Re-enactment at 3:30 there will be an all day Festival with crafts, demonstrations, entertainment and food. Living history demonstrations will be at the Texian Army camp, Mexican Army camp and the Run-a-way (Civilian) camp as well as at the Festival. Come and spend the day at San Jacinto, where Texas Won its Independence. Contact Jerry Tubbs for the battle re-enactment, this is an invitation-only event. Click here for more participant details . Safety meetings and weapons inspections are mandatory for participation. This reenactment includes Hollywood-grade pyrotechnics.... when the cannons go boom, so does the target. Teachers and Public: contact C. David Pomeroy, Jr. for the Festival or visit our web site at http://EarlyTexasHistory.com/SanJacinto. Sutlers, food vendors, and lots to see & do for the public. This event is rated 3½.

April 23,2005 - 1850s Pioneer Day at Wells Branch This is an event that slipped away years ago and is being revived. The organizers have specifically asked to include Texian participants, 1836 attire. Noon to 5 PM. Wells Branch is in the Austin area. More details to be posted when I get them. Contact Mona at (512) 251-9814.

May 7-8, 2005 Texas History 1836 Re-enactment, at Dickinson (Due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, the event is canceled this year). The Dickinson Rotary Club wished to have for their yearly fund raiser a "Texas History 1836 Re-enactment" with both Texans and The Mexican Army involvement.

June 4-5, 2005 - 4th annual Fort Velasco Battle Observance, hosted by the Brazoria Militia at Quintana Beach County Park. Mexican and colonial Texian infantry, artillery, and camp followers are invited (no horses or livestock allowed). The year is 1832, so dress and gear up accordingly.
    We will demonstrate period life in camp/garrison settings, military drill and tactics, and engage opposing forces at least twice each day. Water, hot showers and restrooms are provided. Camps may be set up Friday afternoon and may remain until Monday morning. Bring your own firewood. Camps will be erected in grassy areas without sand.
    Quintana Beach County Park is located on the Gulf of Mexico just below Freeport at the end of SH 36. It is near the site of McKinney and Williams’ warehouse, where arms were issued to Morrison’s command of the New Orleans Greys in 1835, and across the river from the Fort Velasco site.
    Contact Jim Glover at co3militia@yahoo.com or (800) 872-7578. This event is rated 3½


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