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Sabinal celebrates Texas' Demisemiseptcentenary

By Diane Causey Special to the Courier

The Sabinal Canyon Museum in Utopia will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and honor two local heroes, Capt. William Ware and Benjamin Highsmith, who played a part in helping Texas to win that independence.

The celebration will take place from noon until 4 pm, Friday, March 4.
Ware served in the Army of Texas at San Jacinto and Highsmith was the last person to leave the Alamo, slipping away to deliver an urgent message to Col. James Fannin. Both of these heroes are buried in Utopia cemeteries.
On that day, KR Wood, historian and musician, will entertain the elementary students at Utopia School with a special Texas history program at 1 pm, followed by a gathering behind the museum for the entire community at 2:30 pm. During this fun-filled program, many local Dutch oven cooks will be cooking up delicious cobbler for all the guests. Since seating will be limited, participants are advised to bring lawn chairs.
The museum will also feature a special exhibit from the Texas Centennial collection of Gary James. Doors will open at noon with coffee for everyone and many interesting items to view.
Neil Boultinghouse will head up an antique tractor show on the museum grounds that will include the newly restored tractor entered in the San Antonio Stock Show by three Utopia FFA students. The boys will be on hand to tell about their experience.
Utopia merchants will participate in this celebration by flying one of the historical flags that flew over Texas during the fight for independence at their business or on San Jacinto Square. The banners and Texas flags will be on display throughout the week of Feb. 28.
There is no admission for the celebration and everyone is invited to join the Sabinal Canyon Museum board of directors in celebrating the great State of Texas.

Pictured: Photo courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

The front of the Alamo through the compound gate. Photo taken around 1922.