The Alamo is on the road for a statewide tour across Texas and made a stop in Tyler Wednesday evening. Dozens of people spent their evening at the Career and Technology Center learning about the history of the Alamo as well as it's future as work is done to preserve the site.
The Alamo Roadshow will stop in ten cities, inviting Texans to learn about ongoing preservation work happening at the state's most well-known historic site and include opportunities to share their own family stories, documents and artifacts related to the Texas Revolution. Roadshow organizers will be gathering feedback from attendees on their thoughts and suggestions for the future of the Alamo.
"The Alamo Roadshow is an opportunity for history enthusiasts to learn about the plan to preserve the Alamo and to build the state's largest Texas Revolution museum, as well as to share their own artifacts and historic family treasures," said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a press release.
The roadshow kicked off earlier this month in West Texas, making stops in El Paso, Midland, Lubbock, and Abilene, before continuing east to Tyler. Historians and curatorial staff from the Alamo and the General Land Office (GLO) were on hand at the event to help attendees evaluate and document stories and artifacts. Roadshow presenters also brought several artifacts from the Alamo and GLO Archives that will someday appear in exhibits in the forthcoming Alamo Museum and Visitor's Center.
"As we begin to make plans for future exhibits and programming, and a museum to house the Alamo's collection, we want to invite all Texans to share their unique stories and connections to the Alamo and Texas history," said Alamo CEO Doug McDonald in a press release. "Whether it's a direct descendant of the Old Three Hundred, an artifact of the Texas Revolution, or a family heirloom related to Texas history, our goal is to send our curatorial professionals throughout Texas to help document and share those stories with everyone who loves Texas history. 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."