175th Anniversary Events at the DRT Library
In conjunction with events being held at the Alamo to commemorate the dodransbicentennial (175th anniversary) of two significant events of the Texas Revolution, the DRT Library is providing two opportunities for visitors to see special rare and one-of-a-kind treasures from its rare book, archival, and photograph collections. While library patrons may always access these materials for their research, they are displayed for the public only a handful of times each year.
Wednesday is Texas Independence Day, and all this week (February 27-March 6) three documents from the Library’s archives related to the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence are being exhibited in the Alamo shrine, specifically:
- a letter to Blas Herrera dated December 27, 1836, in which signer José Francisco Ruiz advises his son-in-law to leave San Antonio should the Mexican army approach;
- and an April 1836 broadside from the General Congress of Mexico offering rebel Texans a sentence of perpetual banishment instead of the death penalty if they surrender within fifteen days.
Next Sunday is the anniversary of the battle that ended the thirteen-day siege of the Alamo garrison, and the DRT Library will be having an Open House on Saturday, March 5, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Materials related to the battle, its participants, and the later evolution of the Alamo site will be on display, including:
- a letter written by Alamo defender Daniel Cloud while en route to San Antonio in December 1835;
- a petticoat that belonged Susanna Dickinson;
- a cased photograph of Almeron and Susanna Dickinson’s daughter Angelina, who was fourteen months old during the Battle of the Alamo;
- a rare original copy of the Diario del Gobierno de la Republica Mexicana, the official newspaper of the Mexican government, announcing the fall of the Alamo;
- and nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs of the Alamo church and site.
Library visitors will also be able to attend the Alamo’s First Saturday living history program and learn about daily life in the Republic of Texas.
Researchers will not be able to access library or archival materials during the Open House. Patrons interested in conducting research at the library should return during regular business hours or contact library staff.
Please also note that, in order to protect the materials being exhibited, food and drinks will not be allowed in the reading room during the Open House and photography will not be permitted.
We look forward to seeing you at the Library!