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The current exhibition at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Muse-
um, "Sunrise in His Pocket: The Life, Legend and Legacy of Davy Crock-
ett" (through August 18), begins and ends with examples of the many
toys and commercial products spun off the 1950os television hit, Davy
Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Also included are some of his personal be-
longings, letters, rifles, and examples of the Davy Crockett Almanacs that
were popular years after Crockett's death. One of the highlights of the ex-
hibition is the page from the controversial Jose Enrique de la Pefia man-
uscript, from the Center for American History at the University of Texas
at Austin, which describes Crockett's death after the battle of the Alamo.
The exhibition opened with a high-spirited symposium, which included
Crockett experts Paul Hutton of the University of New Mexico, guest cu-
rator of the exhibition; Paul Fees, co-curator; William C. Davis, author of
Three Roads to the Alamo; Bill Groneman, author of Eyewitness to the Alamo;
Bill Chemerka, author of The Davy Crockett Almanac and Book of Lists; and
Michael Lofaro, author of The Tall Tales of Davy Crockett. Hutton observed
that there probably were more experts in the audience than on stage, in-
cluding authors as well as the lenders to the exhibit, most of whom had
spent years collecting their exotic memorabilia. Someone might say, he
ventured, that "we are just grown men indulging in fantasies to prolong
our childhood." "And they would be right!" Chemerka concluded.
The museum has organized a number of events in connection with the
exhibition. Throughout the exhibit, actors Douglas Taylor and Ken Web-
ster offer a live production in the Texas Spirit Theater entitled Davy Crock-
ett in Texas. Davy Crockett, of course, was known as a great storyteller,
which gives Taylor and Webster much to work with.
Two silent films will be shown on June 13: Martyrs of the Alamo (1915)
and With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (1926), with musical accom-
paniment by Graham Reynolds. Speakers for the occasion will be Frank
Thompson, author of Texas Hollywood and Alamo Movies, and Richard Flo-
res, author of the new book, Remembering the Alamo. Davy Crockett, King of
the Wild Frontiers starring Fess Parker, will be shown on July i8, and Guest
Curator Paul Hutton, a longtime TSHA member and member of the his-
tory faculty at UNM, will also be on hand to speak. The 196oJohn Wayne
film, The Alamo, will be shown on August 15. Brian Huberman of Rice
University, director of the documentary film, John Wayne's The Alamo, will
be the guest speaker. Finally, a program on "Colonel Crockett's Music,"
on June 11 from i until 4 P.M.. will feature Jim Fox, fiddler and ethno-
musicologist, and Ed Miller, host of KUT's "Folkways" program.
For information on tickets for all these activities, consult the museum's
web page at http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/; or, telephone 512/936-
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