This page contains information on a Bill now
passed by the Texas Legislature andd signed into law by Governor Perry, known
as HB294. "Relating to recognizing March as Texas History Month".
I take great pleasure in letting everyone know that on June 20, 2003, Governor
Rick Perry signed into law HB294 making the month of March, "Texas History
Month"!! CONGRATULATIONS TEXAS!!
There are, literally, hundreds of people and organizations who worked to
get this bill passed and deserve a huge "Thank You" for their efforts. A
small list is below:
We should never forget that Ms. Pat McCormick (and friends)
of Baytown Texas was the instigator of the effort and first got he ball
rolling. We owe her a debt of gratitude for building a fire under us.
Governor Rick Perry and his staff
Representaive John Davis and his staff including Ms. Edra Anderson and Ms.
Senator Gonzalo Barrientos and his staff including Ms. Sylvia Brittain and
Mr. Ryan Duran
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas including President General Ms. Virginia
Van Cleve, Ms. Melissa Goodrich and the late Ms. "Pete" Weymeyer
The Sons of the Republic of Texas including Mr. Randy Billingsley, Mr. Scott
Dunbar and his family
Celebrate Texas, Inc., including Mr. Harvey Ford IV, Mr. Roger Moore and
Ms. Marsha Johnson
The Associated Republicans of Texas
The Seguin Family Historical Society
Seguin Descendants Historical Preservation
Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Colonial Dames of the 17th Century
San Antonio Living History Assn. including Mr. Bob Benavides and Ms. Toya
Texas Army commanded by Gen. Carroll Lewis
San Antonio's Founding Heritage
The Canary Islanders Descendants Association
Mr Mike Cox, Texas Historian and Newspaper Columnist
Mr. Sam Houston IV
Mr. Terry Boothe
and many, many more.
There have been some questions about an official bill signing ceremony which
can still take place as a photo op. I haven't had a chance to talk to the
sponsors of the bill or the Governor's office, but because of the number
and diversity of the groups that supported this effort and the intense interest
it has generated, I think the logistics of such a ceremony need to be given
a little thought. You'll be hearing more on this subject in the near future.
In the mean time, pass this on to a friend; pat yourself on the back for
a job well done and let's start getting ready for the First Official Texas
History Month next March.
May God Bless You and
May God Bless Texas
The Texas Legislature closed this session June 2, 2003.
We thank all Texans who contacted their Senator and/or
Representative in support of these bills
click here to read the bill
Click here for Why.
Click here for a partial list of supporters.
If you wish to contact your Texas Legislators concerning
this bill, look them up here:
It is with great pleasure I can inform you
that through the efforts of Ms. Pat Goodrich of Baytown, State
Representative John Davis (Dist. 129) and his staff, the Texian
Legacy Association and many, many others, Representative Davis
has authored and filed a bill for the 78th Legislative Session that
for your Senator
HB294 has now passed the Senate, and is on its way to the Governor for
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As of 3/26/03:
HB294 has been referred to the Senate Committee on State Affairs. This
is the same committee that has SB250. For contacts, see 2/11/03 below.
As of 3/12/03:
HB294 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been passed by
the House and is on its way to the Senate.
As of 3/11/03:
HB294 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been placed on
the House Calendar for 3/12/03.
SB250 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been passed (unanimously)
to the Senate Calendar by the Committee on State Affairs.
As Of 2/25/03:
HB294 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been released from
House Committee On State Cultural and Recreational Resources,
and will soon be put on the Calendar to be voted on by the House
No new information today on SB250.
As Of 2/11/03:
SB250 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been submitted
to the Senate Committee on State Affairs
Chair: Senator Bill Ratliff - (no Email address listed)
Vice-Chair: Senator Todd Staples -
Members: Senator Kenneth Armbrister -
Senator Robert Duncan -
Senator Rodney Ellis -
Senator Troy Fraser -
Senator Chris Harris -
Senator Frank Madla -
Senator Jane Nelson -
In addition to HB294, a parallel bill is running through
the Senate. Senator Gonzalo Barrientos of Travis County (Dist.
14) has authored an identical bill, known as SB250
. When contacting
your Senator, use this number (SB250
). When contacting your
Representative in the Texas House, continue to use HB294
HB294 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been referred
House Committee On State Cultural and Recreational Resources
Chair: Rep. Harvey Hilderbran -
Vice-Chair: Rep. Charlie Geren -
B&O Chair: Rep. Dawnna Dukes -
Members: Rep. Kevin Bailey -
Rep. Byron Cook -
Rep. Edmund Kuempel -
Rep. Larry Phillips -
We hope the House will take up hearings on HB294 next week.
I'll keep you posted. At the end of this section is the information
I sent the legislature.
Please free to pass this information on to any interested
Dios y Tejas
The primary reason the Texian Legacy Assn. supports March
as "Texas History Month" is that Texas has over 450 years of written
history relating to many diverse and varied peoples.
People of all races and cultures are united in the pride
of being Texans. For people who have lived here for generations or
who moved here last week, "Texan" is a unique moniker and an honor
that we voluntarily take upon ourselves. Like the people who came before
us, we choose to put on the mantle of being a Texan and to associate
ourselves with those people and ideals that make Texas such a special
Simply put, the people supporting these bills believe that
is worth celebrating. We would like to have a period of time each
year during which we can all come together as Texans to celebrate our
rich history and heritage; a time when every house flies the Texas flag.
A time when people in Laredo, Levelland, Austin, Cincinnati, New York,
Germany, Australia and a thousand other places around the world celebrate
Texas, its people and its contributions to the world.
We support the month of March, in particular, being so
designated because of the major historical events that happened during
that month. A very small sample
of which are:
March 9, 1731
, a group of fifteen Canary Island families, totaling
56 persons, arrived at the Presidio of San Antonio de Bexar forming
the nucleus of the villa of San Fernando de Bexar, now known as San
Antonio, and formed the first regularly organized civil government in
March 29, 1813
, the Battle of Rosillo was fought nine miles southeast
of San Antonio between forces fighting for the independence of Texas
led by Gutierrez de and Kemper and a Spanish royalist force under Texas
governor Salcedo. The Battle of Rosillo resulted in the defeat of
the royalist forces, the capture of San Antonio and the establishment
of a first "Republic of Texas."
March 2, 1836
at Washington-On-The-Brazos the representatives of
the people of Texas voted unanimously to sever the ties which bound
them to their mother country and to declare Texas a sovereign, free and
independent republic based on the principles of democracy.
March 6, 1836
Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis and the garrison
under his command, which included David Crockett, James Bowie and approximately
200 men of diverse backgrounds and nationalities, were put to the
sword after defending Texas' freedoms and liberties during the prolonged
and bloody Battle of the Alamo.
Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836
, Col. James Walker Fannin,
Jr. and his command of approximately 400 men, after suffering a week
in captivity, gave their last full measure of devotion by forfeiting
their lives for their beliefs in the independence and sovereignty of
is the birthday of Sam Houston, General of the Texas Army,
Hero of San Jacinto, first elected President of the Republic of Texas,
Governor of the State of Texas, and Senator of the United States Congress.
The practical effect of these bills, once passed, will
be to set aside the month of March for all Texans to celebrate our
'Texan-ness' and to promote all of Texas history. A well known historian
friend of mine is fond of saying that "Texas Independence Day (March
2nd) should be celebrated for Texans like St. Patrick's Day is celebrated
for the Irish:
For that one day of the year, everyone in the world can
be a Texan!"
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