Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and new museum share the stories of early settlers in this region. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers at what was the social, economic, and political center of American immigration to Texas before independence. San Felipe de Austin didn't survive the war for Texas independence -- it was burned by its own residents as they evacuated during the Runaway Scrape of 1836.
Site Manager, Bryan McAuley, will present a program about the Consultation meeting which happened in San Felipe while the Texans were laying siege to Bexar in the fall of 1835.
Dr. Jody Edward Ginn, Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Heritge Center in Fredericksburg is the guest speaker for our December evening in our History at Night series.
Dr. Ginn will speak about the Texas Rangers, and how their origin...
Explore one of the activities that archeologists typically do after an excavation in the lab.
Do you think you can put back together ceramics after they have been shattered?
This program is free with admission and fun for all ages...
From the Blog
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...
By Michael Moore, San Felipe de Austin Project Contract Historian
As a project contract historian for San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, I recently spent a week at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, researching San Felipe resources in their archival collections. Surprisingly, some of the best early Texas history archives outside of Texas are in the Western Americana...
By Shelley Wong, San Felipe de Austin Visitor Services Manager
In 2007, Shelly Zaruba, then a 7th grade Texas history teacher at Sealy Junior High School, came up with an idea that has literally materialized into a unique storytelling opportunity. Shelly was looking for a special hands-on project that her students could manage in a limited amount of time. She wanted to provide students...