I was a history major in college–many years ago! Didn’t start out with that intention, but the very first class I attended as a freshman was American History and the professor was so engaging, I was hooked! History, I have found, is an interesting and important subject. And there are two noteworthy “anniversaries” of historical events happening this year!
First, did you know that 2011 is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War? I studied a lot about the Civil War because it was the specialty of that professor I liked so much. The Civil War was a landmark event in our country’s history and its effects and aftermath are still being felt 150 years later.
Second, and of even greater significance here in Texas and San Antonio, 2011 is the 175th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo!! Texas is the only state that has been an independent “country” of its own prior to joining the United States. Did you realize that our state constitution allows for the possibility of reclaiming that independence? Gov. Perry rattles that chain every now and then, but I don’t think he’ll actually do it! But, if you’re in San Antonio, look for some activity at the Alamo–March 6–Remember the Alamo!!
Coming up in early April–Fiesta San Antonio!! Fiesta commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836–it’s a 10-day citywide party!! More about that later!