The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 105, July 2001 - April, 2002 Page: 482
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This depiction of the "come and take it" incident at the battle of Gonzales dur-
ing the Texas Revolution suggests the celebratory nature of the museum.
Photograph courtesy the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Erin Buenger enjoyed the life-sized longhorns. She was glad there
were three of them because three meant a mama, a papa, and a daugh-
ter. Even this display of family values could not hold a four-year-old's
attention long and she soon begged to go swimming or to go to the
Vickie Buenger admired the architecture. She liked the floors, liked
the walls, and liked all the special effects. She found several exhibits
interesting, particularly those that highlighted the unique characteristics
of Texas, and noted the numerous clever marketing gimmicks. As we
left she commented, "This place is just like cotton candy. It melts in your
mouth and is gone." It was fun and hard to resist but had little nutrition-
I laughed at her crack, but found myself unable to move beyond
amazement that anyone presumed to tell "the" story, by implication "the
one and only" story of Texas. Had the state's love affair with conservative
Republicans somehow transported us back to the happy history and con-
sensus of the 195os?
On one level the answer to that question is no, for by emphasizing the
history of women, cultural topics, prominent Tejanos, and African
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