HPC votes to apply for Certified Local Government Grant
The City of San Marcos Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to apply for the 2022 Certified Local Government Grant on Wednesday in an effort to continue the project to recognize the sign[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
September 30: Letter to the editor – The Big Bend Sentinel
By Big Bend SentinelDear Editor,Thank you for covering “Push for historical marker at Lipan Apache Cemetery challenges who tells region’s history” by Sachi McClendon in The Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International on September 23, 2021. I would like to acknowledge the work of many who are supporting the ongoing efforts to preserve the cemetery. Presidio County Commissioners Court supported descendants in a recent ruling that would have transferred the cemetery’s land ownership without input from the families. The Presidio County Historical Commission has supported the families and tribal members by publicly supporting the descendants’ version of the marker text. Thank you Sterry Butcher, writing for Texas Monthly; Annie Rosenthal, reporting for Marfa Public Radio; Sachi McClendon and the editors at The Big Bend Sentinel.bigbendsentinel.com
Texas Historical Commission blocks effort to move Cenotaph
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Historical Commission blocked a controversial plan to move the Cenotaph following a marathon meeting Tuesday night. “Unfortunately, after tonight’s disappointing vote to deny the restoration and relocation of the Cenotaph, the Alamo Master Plan remains a plan without a project. Following the permit’s rejection, Trevino told reporters the plan had gone through many boards and commissions. For opponents of moving the Cenotaph, the vote was a reason to celebrate. Dan Patrick, a high-profile opponent of moving the Cenotaph, told the commissioners the state could pay for the entire project, provided the plan be adjusted to leave the Cenotaph in place.
Texas Historical Commission halts plan to move the Alamo Cenotaph
City of San AntonioThe Alamo CenotaphAfter a marathon Zoom meeting full of highly charged public comment, the Texas Historical Commission shot down a controversial plan to relocate the Alamo's Cenotaph, a key step in redeveloping the historical site.THC voted 12-2 on Tuesday night to deny San Antonio’s request to refurbish the deteriorating monument and move it a few hundred feet from its current location in Alamo Plaza.“[San Antonio] worked in good faith to develop a plan with our project partners, including the Texas General Land Office, Alamo Trust and the public to do something truly transformational with this iconic site," Assistant City Manager Lori Houston said in a written statement. "Unfortunately, after tonight’s disappointing vote to deny the restoration and relocation of the Cenotaph, the Alamo Master Plan remains a plan without a project. For the moment the answer to the question of many Alamo visitors — ‘Is that all there is?’ — remains a resounding yes. "Leaders of the $400 million public-private effort to update Alamo Plaza said vote jeopardizes the entire multi-year plan.“With this failing today and the project not being executed the way it was prescribed as city council voted on it in 2018, it puts the whole the whole project in jeopardy,” District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño told KSAT news after the vote.Engineers have warned that the Cenotaph, placed on site in 1936 to honor those who died in the battle, is in danger of cracking because of years of exposure to the elements.sacurrent.com
Texas Historical Commission rejects idea to relocate Alamo Cenotaph
SAN ANTONIO – BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:By a 12-2 vote, the Texas Historical Commission voted down the idea of moving the Alamo Cenotaph. ORIGINAL STORY:A decision on the relocation of the Alamo Cenotaph is expected to reach a vote as the modern-day battle over the plaza renovation rages on. The Texas Historical Commission on Tuesday is expected to discuss and vote on the empty tomb honoring the Alamo Defenders. Opponents of the Alamo Master Plan have continued to fire shots at the redesign, specifically Lt. Gov. 122, have argued the relocation of the cenotaph would be too far from the Alamo Mission building.
Texas Historical Commission vote to relocate the Alamo Cenotaph is expected on Tuesday
City of San AntonioThe Alamo CenotaphBrace yourself for more monumental meltdowns.The Texas Historical Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday whether to shift the Alamo Cenotaph — erected in 1936 to honor those who died defending the site from the Mexican army — some 500 feet from its current location.Moving and refurbishing the deteriorating cenotaph is part of a $450 million redevelopment of the historic site and its surrounding plaza. A bandstand was disassembled and removed in May to make way for the monument's relocation.Controversy continues to swirl around Alamo Plaza overhaul, which has drawn criticism from Republican elected officials and threats of civil disobedience from self-appointed defenders of Texas liberty.The THC meeting will begin at 9 a.m. via Zoom, according to an agenda posted on the commission's website . For those interested in making public comment, online registration closes at 8 p.m. Monday.sacurrent.com
The Alamo to Stream San Jacinto Day Educational Event Next Week
click to enlarge Instagram / officialalamoViewersto submit questions on the Alamo's Facebook page , where the stream will take place. Remember the Alamo?S.A. 's best-known landmark has partnered with the Texas Historical Commission, the San Jacinto Museum and the Presidio La Bahia to createa livestream educational event scheduled for Tuesday, April 21.During Fiesta, the Alamo typically hosts special events to honor the Texan Army's victory at the Battle of San Jacinto and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas' annual pilgrimage to the Alamo.But since the citywide party taking a siesta until November, San Jacinto Day has migrated to the Web. That way, Texans can celebrate the Lone Star State's unique and rich history together in quarantine.The online event is a useful educational tool for kiddos taking Texas history classes, organizers say. Educators and experts will discuss sites including Casa Navarro, Presidio La Bahia, Washington-on-the-Brazos, San Felipe de Austin, the San Jacinto Battleground and the Alamo, as well as events leading up to the Battle of San Jacinto.Guest speakers include Alamo CEO Doug McDonald, Texas Historical Commission Director Mark Wolfe and Cait Johnson, lead educator for the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Site.will be ableThe livestream gets underway at 3 p.m.sacurrent.com
Rep. Lyle Larson asks historical commission to reject plan to move Alamo Cenotaph
State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-Dist. 122, is urging the Texas Historical Commission to reject a plan to move the Alamo Cenotaph. Larson sent a letter to the members of the commission saying the monument should remain on the Alamo grounds. In his letter, Larson cited a recent decision by the National Park Service to preserve monuments where they stand in the Gettysburg National Military Park. “As with the monuments in Gettysburg Park, it is important to honor those who bravely defended the Alamo by keeping the Cenotaph where it currently stands in Alamo Plaza,” Larson said.
Texas Historical Commission Hits Pause on Alamo Cenotaph Move
The Alamo Cenotaph is staying where it sits for now after members of the Texas Historical Commission gave themselves more time to vet a proposal to move the 1930s monument. This delay will allow the applicants time to gather this information, which will allow our commission to make the most informed decision, Nau said. City Councilman Roberto Trevio (D1), a member of the Alamo Management Committee helping oversee the redevelopment, said in an interview Tuesday that the commissions decision wont delay the project. The two pieces that were approved are allowing us to move forward on the necessary items like locating the utilities and archaeological work that has to happen, Trevio said. Guido built the original base of the Cenotaph when it was completed in 1939, according to Alamo Trust.therivardreport.com
Conserving Concepcin Dome Work Will Ensure its Stability for Centuries
The Franciscan friar not only played an important role in the early history of the Alamo, but had charge of Nuestra Seora de la Pursima Mission Concepcin from 1733-49 when construction began sometime before 1745, according to records. Concepcin, considered the best preserved of the five missions, has gotten off relatively easily, requiring little work other than an interior renovation in 2009. The band is commonly used by structural engineers for similar work, Nau said, and a system of stitching ties stainless steel rods will be inserted into the mortar of the dome itself. Just the construction part that will be done with the band and securing the dome is estimated to be over $880,000, she said. According to Nau, the existing main HVAC system in the church is just over 30 years old and in need of replacement.therivardreport.com
Federal Judge Delivers Blow to Lawsuit Over Human Remains at Alamo
Tap Pilam representatives could not be reached for comment Monday. Also listed as plaintiffs are the San Antonio Missions Cemetery Association and Raymond Hernandez, a Tap Pilam tribal council member. Tap Pilam leaders say they represent direct descendants of the indigenous people who lived, died, and were buried there. But Tap Pilam is not recognized by the federal government as a Native American tribe, a sticking point in the Alamo dispute. That lawsuit alleges that the redevelopment plan violates the Texas Health and Safety Code because the Alamo is a cemetery.therivardreport.com