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2018-02-07 / South Texas Living

Enjoy new exhibit, tour at the Alamo


“Fortress Alamo: The Key to Texas” is a new exhibit at the Alamo, outlining the site’s military history and San Antonio’s emergence as “Military City, U.S.A.” 
THE ALAMO/Courtesy “Fortress Alamo: The Key to Texas” is a new exhibit at the Alamo, outlining the site’s military history and San Antonio’s emergence as “Military City, U.S.A.” THE ALAMO/Courtesy SAN ANTONIO — In celebration of San Antonio’s tricentennial, the Alamo has launched a new exhibit, as well as a kid-friendly tour. The free exhibit, “Fortress Alamo: The Key to Texas,” tells the story of the site’s long military history, and how the Alamo’s position on the Texas frontier led to San Antonio’s emergence as “Military City, U.S.A.”

“The Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, is a seminal moment in Texas and American history,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. “The Alamo started out as a mission but gets its name from the first military unit to use it as a frontier fort, in 1803. Fortress Alamo tells the story of the rise of San Antonio and Texas as military centers — the story of Texas itself. As a native Texan and a military veteran, I’m honored to be Fortress Alamo’s guardian today.”


The “Young Texans” tour preview included a demonstration of how a cannon was loaded and fired during the Battle of the Alamo. Limited free “Young Texans” tours are available through Feb. 14. 
THE ALAMO/Courtesy The “Young Texans” tour preview included a demonstration of how a cannon was loaded and fired during the Battle of the Alamo. Limited free “Young Texans” tours are available through Feb. 14. THE ALAMO/Courtesy “William Barret Travis once called the Alamo ‘the key to Texas,’ and through this exhibit, visitors will see why that’s true,” said Alamo CEO Doug McDonald. “We also explore how the Alamo’s long military history is still alive and well in San Antonio today. There are many veterans and military members who have served in San Antonio, and they’re part of this story too. We hope they’ll bring their families to see this special exhibit, and celebrate their role in creating Military City U.S.A.”


Kids get a preview of the new “Young Texans” tour at the Alamo, geared toward school-aged children. It includes hands-on learning opportunities about the Texas Revolution and frontier life. 
THE ALAMO/Courtesy Kids get a preview of the new “Young Texans” tour at the Alamo, geared toward school-aged children. It includes hands-on learning opportunities about the Texas Revolution and frontier life. THE ALAMO/Courtesy “Fortress Alamo: The Key to Texas” is free to the public; it runs throughout 2018 during normal operating hours in the Alamo Special Exhibition Hall.

The Alamo’s new, kid-friendly “Young Texans” tour was created specifically for school-aged children. The tour allows kids and families to immerse themselves in history, with hands-on learning about the Texas Revolution and life in frontier Texas.

Some students enjoyed a preview of the tour, where they learned about the Battle of the Alamo, as well as the artillery, medicine, and transportation of the Texas frontier. Part of the tour included an opportunity for the kids to learn how a cannon was loaded and fired at the Battle of the Alamo.

“My favorite part was getting to see the cannons!” said 9-year-old Christian.

“It was really nice to see that the tour ‘gets on their level,’” said Christian’s mom, Yina Ojeda. “They’re still learning about the history of the battle and the site, but in a way that’s geared toward them, not just adults.”

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Young Texans tours

Limited, free Young Texans tours at the Alamo will run at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily through Wednesday, Feb. 14, on a first-come, firstserved basis. Sign up for the free tours on-site at the Alamo info cart.

After Feb. 14, the Young Texans tour can be booked online at TheAlamo.org or by calling 210- 225-1391.

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