Posts About Stories of Texas History

By Margo McCutcheon, Site Educator, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site 

Martha “Mat” Clementine Waller married a man named William Marion Rayburn on May 14, 1868. With that marriage, the Waller became a Rayburn, but what happened to the Waller name? Although Martha didn’t really “lose” her maiden name, she and many other women throughout time who descended from Anglo-Saxon...

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By Margo McCutcheon, Site Educator, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site 

For holidays or special occasions, dining tables may have a centerpiece in the middle of the table to represent the occasion. Hors d’oeuvres, small finger foods, and perhaps some decorative elements might provide the table with looks as well as usefulness before the main meal arrives.  

However, some...

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By Jasmina Kocurek, Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites

The milestones of LGBTQ+ literature are not the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of La Grange, Monument Hill, and the Kreische House. But that is just where one of the first English-language novels to depict lesbian love is set. 

Norma Trist or Pure Carbon: A Story of the Inversion of the...

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By Margo McCutcheon, Site Educator, Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site 

At the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, staff members are constantly learning about the home we preserve and interpret. One of the ways we learn is through visitors.  

Whether it is because of their personal connection to the Rayburn family, their historical knowledge, or their own curiosity,...

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In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, at an abandoned cattle...

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On Thursday, March 18, the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History’s Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham teamed up to present a look at the life and career of one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.

This was the second of a two-part series, and explored Sam Rayburn’s role as the longest-serving Speaker of the House of...

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On March 2, 1836, while the siege at the Alamo raged, 59 elected delegates gathered in Washington, Texas to declare independence, write a new constitution, and elect an interim government. Risking everything, their actions legitimized the Revolution and changed the world forever.  

On March 31, 2021 the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundaton and Washington-on-the-Brazos State...

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During the frenetic last months of the Texas Revolution, when the situation seemed most perilous, anxieties among Texians reached a fever pitch and heated rhetoric proliferated. The pressure mounted for Texas men to act “manly,” which necessitated they meet the enemy on the battlefield (and not desert or retreat from the fight).

The turmoil of the Runaway Scrape affected gender...

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By Alysha Richardson, Site Manager, Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site 

Restoration happens in many shapes and forms, but there is something special about the process of restoring historic gardens to capture their past beauty. To happen accurately, it takes a lot of research to identify the correct plants. As site manager, I get to see firsthand the work it takes to restore a ...

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It was called “Tejas,” an enormous Mexican territory—far from civilization. Soon, an epic story would be written across this terrain. Battles would be fought and legends would be born. Unspeakable tragedy—and a final, shocking victory.

The Texas Historical Commission hosted "The Birthplace of the Republic of Texas," a digital history webinar on March 2, 2021. Judge Ken Wise, host...

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