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DRT Library Welcomes Visitors from Scotland

July 8, 2011
DRT President General Karen R. Thompson (left) and Alamo Committee Chairman Melinda Navarro (right) with visitors from the Alamo Bar.

DRT President General Karen R. Thompson (left) and Alamo Committee Chairman Melinda Navarro (right) with visitors from the Alamo Bar.

On June 23, the DRT Library welcomed Bill Chadwick, the owner of the Alamo Bar in Paisley, Scotland, and bar regulars Peter Taylor, Laurence Roche, Frank Carroll, and Stuart Caldwell.

The group visited the Library during its tour of the Alamo and was accompanied by Michael Dutton, Director of Administration at the Alamo; Karen R. Thompson,  2011-2013 President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a member of the Martin Wells Chapter in Round Rock; Janie Babcock, 2011-2013 Corresponding Secretary and a member of the Martin Wells Chapter; and Melinda Tomerlin Navarro, 2011-2013 Alamo Committee Chairman and a member of the Alamo Couriers Chapter in San Antonio.

Melinda Navarro and Karen Thompson read a proclamation prepared by representatives of the Alamo Bar as Bill Chadwick presents it aloud.

Melinda Navarro and Karen Thompson read a proclamation prepared by representatives of the Alamo Bar as Bill Chadwick presents it aloud.

A proclamation from "five Paisley men of Scotland" to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

A proclamation from "five Paisley men of Scotland" to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Caitlin Donnelly, archivist at the DRT Library, showed the visitors several treasures from the Library’s collections related to the Battle of the Alamo, including a letter written by defender Daniel Cloud. Mr. Chadwick then presented the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, represented by Ms. Thompson and Ms. Navarro, with a signed proclamation, scroll, plaque, flag, and honorary membership in the Alamo Burns Club.

Karen Thompson and Melinda Navarro display the plaque presented by Bill Chadwick and his associates from the Alamo Bar.

Karen Thompson and Melinda Navarro display the plaque presented by Bill Chadwick and his associates from the Alamo Bar.

As Mr. Chadwick told the Paisley Daily Express in a June 8 article, “The pub was already called the Alamo when I took it over” in 1992, but nothing else about it related to the site or the 1836 battle. Now, he said, “I have it decked out in flags, guns, knives, and all sorts of cowboy and Indian memorabilia. The only thing I don’t have is a scalp. ” The group spent five years planning and saving money for their pilgrimage to San Antonio.

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