phil collins donates his million dollar private collection of alamo artifacts
july 13, 2014
The English rock star Phil Collins donated his rare collection of rare artifacts of the Alamo battle and the Texas Revolution to the State of Texas. He mentioned some of these items in his book, The Alamo and Beyond, that he published in 2012. Some of the items in his vast collection include Jim Bowie’s knife, a rifle belonging to Davy Crocket and letter written by William B. Travis. These are only a few of the important documents and artifacts in his collection.
It is important to know that many of the donated items return to the cradle of Texas liberty for the first time since Texas defeat at the Alamo by the Mexican troops under Santa Anna in 1836. The Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, began on February 23 and lasted until March 6, 1836. This was a 13-day siege resulting in the killing of all the Texian defenders. Shouting, “Remember the Alamo”, the Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States joined the Texian Army to defeat the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1826. With this defeat, Texas became a Republic and no longer a part of Mexico.
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THE GENEALOGY CENTER IS YOUR GO TO PLACE: On August 17, 2013, Cheryl Smith of the Genealogy Center will speak on, What the Library Can Do Fr You, from 10:30-12:30 p.m., in the Program Room of the Haggard Library, located between Park and Parker on Coit Road. Her information is always professional and truly beneficial to researchers. For information see the website at www.genealogyfriends.org, or email email@example.com. All Saturday Seminars are free to those interested in genealogical research and a great opportunity for networking with other genealogists. Afterwards, attendees are invited to continue networking during lunch at TGI-Friday’s on Preston Road, between Park and Parker.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunion announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.