Greetings, and welcome to the January 2017 edition of  The Alamo Messenger
In this issue, we continue to explore the evolution of the Alamo with a closer look at what was happening in San Antonio during Mexico's fight for independence from Spain. (Did you know the Alamo was used as a political prison during this time?)

We also invite you to meet Scott Jones, one of our living history interpreters, in this month's staff feature.

Read on for more, including some free upcoming events that you don't want to miss, and the fascinating history of one of the Bowie knives in the Alamo collection.

Happy reading! 
January History Feature: San Antonio in 1811

In 1810, following centuries of Spanish rule, the people of New Spain began to rebel against the Spanish royal government. During this time the Alamo, which by now was home to the Alamo Company of the Spanish army, was also used as a political prison.

FREE Event: Daytripper Premiere Party 

J oin us Thursday, Feb. 2 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. for the premiere of the Downtown San Antonio episode of The Daytripper! Meet Chet Garner, watch the episode, enjoy live music and more.

At the Alamo: Meet the Alamo Staff

People who work at the Alamo typically have a few things in common: they love history, they love Texas, and they love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors from all over the world. Today, meet Scott Jones, a San Antonio native and former Alamo volunteer who joined our staff in 2016.

Bring the Alamo into your classroom with Distance Learning

The legacy of the Alamo belongs to every child in Texas, but with a state that covers over 250,000 square miles, a visit to the Alamo can be tricky for some schools.

If you're looking for ways to bring the Alamo into your classroom, the Alamo education department has you covered!

Artifact of the Month: The Ham Knife

Alamo Director of History and Curation, Dr. Bruce Winders, shares the history behind one of the Alamo's most iconic artifacts: an early Bowie knife. 

James and Resin Bowie held a fierce loyalty to their family's allies. One friend, Caiaphas Ham (1803-1895), accompanied the Bowie brothers on many of their adventures, including the hard-fought battle with Comanche Indians on the San Saba River. Ham received this primitive Bowie knife as a gift from Resin. It has the hallmarks of a blacksmith made knife: a blade made from an old file, no guard separating the blade from the handle, and plain wooden grips. This artifact is currently on display at the Alamo in the Long Barrack Museum.   

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