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Remembering the Alamo at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Remembering the Alamo, 1836-2009
Panhandle-Plain Historical Museum
Through March 14, 2010

The thirteenth day of the battle of the Alamo is one of the most famous days in Texas history. On March 6, 1839 the president of Mexico, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna Perez, lead thousands of Mexican soldiers in a siege to take back Texas. It was on this day that the Alamo fell.

The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) is currently presenting this historic day in a new exhibit, Remembering the Alamo, 1836-2009. The exhibit is made possible through generous donations from the Daughters of the Republic Texas Library. Remembering the Alamo, 1836-2009 is on view through March 14, 2010.

Remembering the Alamo displays images taken a few years after the battle when photography was still in its infancy. These historical photographs include the Long Barracks Church in 1860, the Alamo’s entrance in 1885 and several more pictures of the suspected second battle of at the Alamo. All were donated by the Daughters of the Republic Library.

Arthur Osborne of the Osborne Company created “Ivorex” plaques, shown in this exhibit, in the 1930s all the way through to 1965. Each ornate plaque has great detail as they each show signs of weather through their years, but have also been well maintained.

Also on display are advertisements that were immensely popular as the slogan, “Remember the Alamo,” which was created by the Piggly Wiggly Corporation in 1960. Tea cans, mugs, lighters, pocket knives, match boxes, ice cream containers and more were all displayed as the battle of the Alamo was commercialized.

Another recognized day was the 100 year anniversary of the Alamo in 1936, the Texas Centennial and the Alamo. There were large ceramic plate collections, various sized cups with a generic Centennial logo and many commercial products purchased as souvenirs in remembrance and honor of the fall of the Alamo.

Soon after the 100 year anniversary came the Lone Star State slogan that represented all of Texas. There is a very large plate collection portraying Texas as an icon to the world.

Not only are there pieces from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, but there is an entire, rather large, contemporary section. There are several cases of souvenirs containing miscellaneous every day items that illustrate the much commercialized “Remember the Alamo,” slogan as well as the Lone Star State.

Several bags, candles, ornaments, hats and kitchen decorations as well as the Battle of the Alamo in a box ready to be set up for a fun reenactment are all on display advertising this historical event’s impact on today as well.

The fall of the Alamo is one of the most important days in history and this exhibit is the perfect illustration of just how proud Texans really are. All of the commercialized products, souvenirs and never forgotten slogans are simply used to portray just how much we truly do Remember the Alamo.

Remembering the Alamo, 1836-2009 at the Panhandle-Plain Historical Museum is on view throught March 14, 2010.

About Victoria Roman

Victoria Roman is a student at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She is a communications major.

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