Greetings, and welcome to the December 2017 edition of  The Alamo Messenger !

In this edition, we take a look at the transformation of the Alamo from mission to fort with Dr. Winders' feature article "Defending San Antonio."  We also have a follow-up to last month's article on National History Day featuring Maci Hill, a sixth grader who traveled to San Antonio to work on her project on Adina de Zavala. 

We are also sharing some of our favorite places in San Antonio to check out holiday lights - all of which are still lit through the end of the year!  Finally, do you know what the first artifact added to the Alamo's collection was?  Find out in Alamo Associate Curator, Ernesto Rodriguez's, Artifact of the Month column.

Happy holidays from everyone at the Alamo, we'll see you next year! 
December History Feature: Defending San Antonio
In this month's history feature, Dr. Bruce Winders, the Alamo's Director of History and Curation, explores the transformation of the Alamo from mission to fort.  He also introduces the Spanish military company from whom the name "the Alamo" came.

Photo Credit: CameliaTWU via Flickr.
Christmas in San Antonio
According to Travel + Leisure magazine, San Antonio, Texas is America's favorite city for Christmas Lights, and here at the Alamo we have to agree that it is a wonderful place to spend the holidays!

While the holidays may almost be over, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy in San Antonio!
Upcoming Educator Workshop
National History Day & the Alamo
Last month we shared ways that our education department can help students and teachers with National History Day projects about the Alamo. Since then, several students have taken us up on our offer of help! One student was Maci Hill of Livingston Junior High in Livingston, Texas, who traveled to San Antonio to meet with the Alamo's Education Programs Coordinator, Sherri Driscoll.

Detail of carvings around Church entrance. Photo Credit: Jowdy Photography
December Artifacts of the Month
The Alamo has many artifacts in its collection, among them are two very important items that help to tell San Antonio's nearly 300 year history: the Church and Long Barrack.

This month, the Alamo's Associate Curator, Ernesto Rodriguez, III, shares the history of the first and most important artifacts in the Alamo's collection.

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