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Texas Flag Day
March 2nd is Texas Flag Day. The Texas Heritage
Project of the Texas Historical Foundation
supports Texas Flag Day by educating Texans
about the history of their flag and
encouraging the flying of the Texas flag statewide.
Most Texans know of the Six Flags of Texas,
the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texas Republic,
United States and Confederate flags. Few, however,
know of the history of the Lone Star flag
and its many predecessors.
There were many individual banners made
to fly as battle flags during the Texas revolution.
Also, there were at least three designs for
national flags prior to the adoption of the
The first battle flag is considered to be the
"Come and Take It" flag, flown at the Battle of
Gonazles on October 2, 1835. The skirmish
was over a cannon which the Texans refused to
turn over to the Mexican authorities. The flag
was made of white cotton and in the center was
a picture of the controversial cannon with the
words, "Come and Take It".
Another famous battle flag flew at San
Jacinto on April 21,1836. It was made of white
silk with a figure of a woman, symbolizing liberty,
in its center. She holds a sword over
which is draped a streamer with the words
"Liberty or Death". This flag has been restored
and now hangs in the State Capitol.
All the National flags, while different in some
ways, incorporated the use of a single star. The
Texas "Lone Star" flag, as we know it today,
dates back to 1839.
The Lone Star Flag is divided into three equal
parts. The red bar signifies bravery, the azure
blue indicates loyalty, and the white bar means
purity. The Star signifies that Texas was alone
in the struggle for Independence.
A Museum Family Day will be held by the
Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas,
on May 20, 1984. Craft demonstrations, outdoor
theatre events, old-time fiddler contests,
and surrey rides will be part of the day's activities.
For additional information contact:
Suzanne Knopp, (806) 655-7191.
Texas State Historical
Two new books are available through the
Texas State Historical Association. The People'sArchitecture
is a survey of Texas buildings
examining the changing architectural styles,
popular building materials and architectural
symbolism. A Southern Community Crisis examines
one Southern community, "Old Harrison"
County, Texas, outlining the impact of
the Civil War and Reconstruction and analyzing
the change and continuity which were seen
in a comparison of the prewar and postwar
communities. To order write Texas A&M University
Press, TSHA, Drawer C, College Station,
On November 4, 1983, President Reagan
signed into law the Interior and Related Agencies
Appropriations Bill (H.R.3363) for 1984.
This includes a $26.5 million allocation to the
National Historic Preservation Fund. Included
in the H.R. 3363 are 21.5 million for state preservation
programs and $5 million to the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. Texas'
share of the 21.5 million is $703,289.00 and
will be used to administer the state's responsibilities
under the Preservation Act of 1966 and
provide survey and regional planning grants.
Ten regional oral history workshops are
planned for 1984. The workshops will benefit
both the experienced and novice participants
in the field of oral history in preparing to observe
the 150th anniversary of Texas' independence
in 1986. For more information write the
Texas Sesquicentennial Oral History Workshops,
CSB 401; Baylor University, Waco,
Texas 76798, (817) 755-3437.
National Trust Opens Texas
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
opened a field office in Fort Worth in February
1984 to serve the states of Texas and New Mexico.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
is a private non-profit membership organization,
chartered by Congress in 1948 and
dedicated to the protection and continued use
of significant buildings, districts, sites and objects
in America. National Trust membership in
Texas is approximately 5,000.
The Ft. Griffith Fandangle will be held June
21, 22, 23 - 28, 29, 30,1984. The fandangle is a
show the people of Albany, Texas, have
presented under the stars of the Texas sky since
1938. The show recreates the look and feel of
previous times with singing and dancing, pageantry
and plays. Through the magic of the
Prairie Theatre, the frontier days of the Old
West are alive again.
Barbeque will be served nightly on the courthouse
lawn with a calliope concert before each
performance. Ticket reservations and information
is available from the Ft. Griffith Fandangle
Association, Inc. P.O. Box 185, Albany, Texas
The Texas Cowboy Reunion will be held in
Stamford, Texas, onJuly 4-7, 1984. The Reunion
began in 1930 as a community project and
has developed into a Texas tradition. Its success
is based on the desire to follow and preserve
the traditions of the western cattle ranch
country, and to honor the men and women
who laid the foundations many years ago. Two
of the most colorful features of the Reunion are
the grand entry in the rodeo arena and the
grand parade in downtown Stamford. Contact
the Stamford Chamber of Commerce for more
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