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By Rachel Galan, Assistant Site Manager, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

In this time, when we are asked to draw in and make our worlds smaller, when groceries are sometimes hard to come by, and we are trying to minimize our trips to public places, I’ve noticed people’s focus and interest return to foraging for wild food and medicine, gardening, and other homesteading activities...

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The battlefield of San Jacinto is the site of the final, shocking, and decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. Gen. Sam Houston and his army of about 1,000 Texian soldiers routed Gen. Santa Anna’s 1,400-man army—in just 18 minutes.

Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's...

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King Ranch Cattle

This article originally appeared in a 2009 issue of The Medallion.

Article and photos by Andy Rhodes, The Medallion Manging Editor

As unlikely as it may seem, America’s ranching legacy was revolutionized by a man who arrived on the Gulf Coast as a pre-teen stowaway. Richard King, who escaped from New York City in 1835 aboard a cargo ship, would subsequently commandeer...

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By Phil Parisi, Assistant Editor, The Medallion, July 1990

Three years after the U.S. Postal Service authorized the use of picture postcards in 1898, and well before the days of the long-distance telephone call, Americans were sending millions of cards to friends and family members across the country.

The golden age of picture postcards, which peaked around 1915, became a...

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By Amy A. Borgens, THC State Marine Archeologist 

In late 2018, a fisherman was casting a line off the South Texas coast when he noticed a distinctive shape emerging from the water at low tide. He immediately notified the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Archeology Division, which dispatched staff the next day to identify and document the discovery.

The object was a 20-foot-...

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By Jeff Harris, Site Manager, Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Joseph Magoffin’s grandfather, Beriah Magoffin, was an immigrant from County Down, Ireland, who settled in Kentucky.

Joseph’s father, James Wiley Magoffin, was a trader on the Chihuahua-Santa Fe trail. James Wiley had contact with many American Indian groups as he traveled along the trail.

James Wiley...

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By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion, Photos by Patrick Hughey

Texas caverns contain a natural sense of intrigue. How can these stunningly beautiful formations be hiding below scrubby patches of Hill Country landscape? How did someone first discover these otherworldly treasures? And how did they form in the first place?

Caverns played an important role in Texas...

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By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion; Photos by Patrick Hughey

“Man the halyards!”
“On the main—rise tacks and sheets! Mind the spinnaker!”
“Brace lively to the wind!”

These ancient nautical terms flutter through the gusty Gulf Coast breeze aboard the 142-year-old Elissa, one of the only ships of its kind restored to full sailing capacity. The formerly moored...

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By Danielle Brissette, Collections Manager, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

For most Texans, the end of the Texas Revolution is a relatively simple story. Even our own museum implies that once the Battle of San Jacinto was won, Texas’ victory was completely secured. The truth is, it just wasn’t that simple.

Two entire Mexican armies, over 2,500 soldados strong...

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NASA photo moon landing

By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion

“That’s one small step for man…”

Those six words immediately transport us to the iconic scene of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Fifty years later, this momentous event still conjures awe and pride among Americans. Flying under the radar, however, is the nerve center that helped make it all possible: NASA’s Mission...

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