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2014-03-13

March is Texas History Month

Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas encourages all Texans to celebrate March as Texas History Month.
"We urge all citizens to join with us this month in honoring our Texas heroes and proudly displaying the Texas flag," said Linda Patten, chapter first vice president.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas was organized in 1891 to perpetuate forever the memory of the brave Texas pioneer families and the soldiers of the Republic of Texas.
Notable dates in the history of the Republic of Texas that occurred in March include:
• March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-On-The-Brazos.
• March 6, 1836, the Alamo fell and all Texas defenders died for the cause of Texas Independence. The Runaway Scrape began as Texians fled central Texas in front of advancing Mexican forces.
•March 10, 1836, General Sam Houston abandoned Gonzales and retreated eastward.
• March 27, 1836, at least 400 Texans under the leadership of James Fannon were slaughtered at Goliad at the orders of General Santa Anna.
The commemoration might be a good time to plan a family road trip to Austin and a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. The museum, located at 1800 Congress Avenue in Austin, features three floors of exhibits about this great state.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon to 6 pm.
Parking is available in the museum's underground garage on 18th and Congress for $8. Tickets are available for IMAX films and some special exhibits. They can be purchased online. Lunch can be enjoyed in the museum café, or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beautiful grounds of the State Capitol.