Posts About Stories of Texas History

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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2021 is the 185th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution. Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic safely in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following our health and safety guidelines when planning your visit.

San Felipe de Austin  

Commemorating the...

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As Texans continue to seek creative ways to explore our state safely, the Texas Historical Commission is offering ideas for some great destinations for a picnic while learning about our state’s history. Grab a picnic basket and go off the beaten path to explore these scenic spots across the state with unique stories.

Austin ­– Mount Bonnell

Rising 775 feet above sea...

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Join Casa Navarro State Historic Site Manager Georgia Ruiz Davis as she discusses the legacy of Jose Francisco Ruiz, an important figure in Texas history. She is joined by author Art Martinez de Vara, who has produced the first full-length biography about Ruiz. 

Ruiz is best known as one of two Tejano signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Born in San Antonio de...

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