There was a packed house at the San Felipe de Austin Museum on Thursday to see the Alamo Roadshow.
The tour already passed through 10 Texas cities from Abilene to Laredo in April. This month it hit up Austin, Fort Worth and culminated in Sealy.
“We’re engaged in a process that’s really a love song to Texans,” said Bryan Preston, director of communications at the Texas General Land Office.
The tour engages residents to learn about preservation work going on at the Alamo, and attendees are asked to share their own family stories, documents and artifacts related to the Texas Revolution.
A brief slide show played for residents gathered at the museum, which is on the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site. The $12.5 million museum opened in just a couple of months ago and already has seen a large number of visitors. Site manager Bryan McAuley has said he hopes the facility will increase local tourism and raise awareness about Austin County history. The building contains extensive technologically-interactive exhibits, which is one reason the Alamo Roadshow chose the site, Preston said.
“We want to treat the Alamo right,” he said. “This is our last stop on this leg of the tour. The Alamo is where what it means to be a Texan started. We’re eager to do what we believe in.”
It’s also an opportunity for history enthusiasts to learn about the state’s plan to preserve the Alamo, said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a press release.
Alamo CEO Doug McDonald added that the state wants to hear from descendants who have connections to the Alamo and Texas history.
“Whether you're a direct descendant of the Old Three Hundred, have an artifact of the Texas Revolution, or possess a family heirloom related to Texas history, our goal is to help document and share those stories with everyone who loves Texas history,” he said. “These stories are part of the Alamo's story, and could help shape the way we think about historical interpretation at the Alamo in the future.”
Preston said it’s an exciting initiative and he hopes Austin County residents will join the fun.
“Other places have history,” he said. “Texas has legends.”