José Antonio Navarro Cenotaph to be Erected at the Texas State Cemetery

NavarroportraitOnly  persons  that  have  made  significant  contributions  to the  State  of Texas in history  and culture are  eligible  to  be  buried  in  the  State  Cemetery. The  State  Cemetery  was  established  in 1851. It’s  the  resting  place  for  Governors,  senators,  legislators and  legendary  Texans  who  have made  the  state  what  it  is  today. Many  important  stories  telling  the  founding  of  Texas are found  in  this  historic  cemetery for  visitors and for the many generations  to  come!

The  Friends  of  Casa  Navarro  made  the  formal  announcement  of  a  Navarro  Cenotaph  at  the  Casa  Navarro  State  Historic  Site.  On  hand  for  the  celebration  were  city  officials,  descendants  and  Friends  of  Casa  Navarro.  It  was  held  on Saturday,  February  22,  2014 at Navarro’s  219th birthday  celebration. The  historic  site, an  1850’s  adobe  and  limestone  structure  was  Navarro’s  homestead and  is  located  in  downtown  San Antonio.

The  cenotaph  will  be  engraved; listing  Navarro’s  many  contributions to  the  founding  of  the  State of  Texas.  The  monument  will  serve  as  a teaching  tool  for  the  thousands  of  visitors  and  school  children  that  visit  the  Texas  State  Cemetery. There  are  approximately,  5,000  visitors and 15,000 – 20,000  school  children  that  tour  the  cemetery.

The  Friends organization  plan  to  have  the  monument  erected  and  installed  as  soon  as  possible. A  bronze  bust  of  Navarro  is  being  sculpted by Gilbert  Beall,  well-known  artist  of  Austin,  Texas. Initial  funds  have  been  generated  and  those  wanting  to  learn  more  about  the project  and to participate  in  the  special  ceremony and  celebration  being  planned  for  the  installation ‐ please  contact  Friends  of  Casa  Navarro at

The  Friends  of  Casa  Navarro  is  a  nonprofit  501(c)3 organization  dedicated  to  preserving  the  memory  and  legacy  of  José  Antonio  Navarro. The  Casa  Navarro  State  Historic  Site  is  located  in  downtown  San  Antonio  at  228  South  Laredo  St  and  is  overseen  by  the Texas  Historical  Commission.

Texas HERITAGE Magazine Volume 4 2013

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On the Cover: An ornate cup used to drink mate, an herbal tea favored by South American cowboys. See page 25 to learn how this artifact found its way to a Texas museum. Photograph by Ansen Seale."

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San Jacinto Museum of History Launches New Website

Visit the freshly redesigned home of the San Jacinto Museum of History

Revolution changes the world. The Battle of San Jacinto stands as a shining example of that very idea. Now, we’d like to direct your attention to another important historical change — the San Jacinto Monument and Museum’s new website. Like the battle along the bayou in 1836 that helped open up the West to expansion, our new site has opened up a tremendous educational opportunity to teachers, students, researchers, history buffs and all Texans near and far.
Watch history come alive again as you march with one brave Texian soldier toward a free Texas. Then join faithful reenactors as they recreate the famous 18-minute battle that changed the world.
The interactive new online experience includes:

Visit the San Jacinto Museum of History new website and rediscover the online home of the battle that shaped Texas, the world and maybe even the Internet itself (time will tell).

Design by BrandExtract
One Monument Circle, La Porte (Houston), Texas 77571-9585
Phone 281.479.2421

TSLAC to Open for Research on Second Saturdays

Family historians, scholars, students and others interested in what is behind the ornate brass doors of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol will soon have more opportunities for discovery.

Beginning January 11, 2014, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will expand its hours of operation to better accommodate researchers. The agency’s three public service areas – the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center – will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.

To learn more about TSLAC’s collections and agency operations, please visit Questions concerning Second Saturdays may be addressed to

Texas Heritage Magazine Volume 3 2013

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On the Cover: Graduation day, circa 1960s, at L.C. Anderson High School. Photograph courtesy of Austin History Center, Austin Public Library."

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The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association Produces Video

The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association has produced a compelling video about saving the real places telling the real stories of the trail. It’s part of their Indiegogo campaign to preserve trail resources. Check it out!

For more information contact:
Steven Gonzales
Executive Director, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association
Board Member, Partnership for the National Trails System
P.O. Box 41286
Austin, TX 78704

New Book Series: Texas Women’s History!

The Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, in collaboration with Texas A&M University Press, is pleased to announce a new book series, Women in Texas History. Foundation board members Nancy Baker Jones and Cynthia J. Beeman will serve as the series general editors.

The Women in Texas History Series will publish works about the history of women in Texas for an audience of historians, teachers, students, and the public. These may focus on individual lives, events, and time periods, or aspects of gender, race, class, and culture. Books in the series will include historical works of broad interest to the public as well as those useful to professionals.

Individuals interested in submitting manuscripts for consideration should send a description of the project and its date of availability for review to the following:

Nancy Baker Jones, Ph.D.
President, Board of Directors
Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History

August Activities in Fayetteville Heats up Summer Fun with Art, Music, and Celebration of Cultures

Celebrate Fayetteville!” as August brings exhibits, birthday parties, more celebrations and loads of music.   Whether enjoying art at its’ best at Arts For Rural Texas, toasting to the heritage of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the historic Country Place Hotel, toe tappin’ with Texas Pickin’ Park, paying a tribute to the local volunteer firemen, or simply walking the streets of a National Registry community is your cup of tea, chances are that all ages will definitely have a taste of good times in Fayetteville during the month of August.

Country Place Hotel

Country Place Hotel

Although it’s typically too warm during the day for musical instruments and the “pickers” in the month of August for Texas Pickin’ Park fans, visitors are welcome to jam in the evening hours (after 6 pm) under the trees at the Historic Square the second Saturday of the month, which is August 10.  Volunteers Robert Duke and Jonathan Hamborsky will be assisting the venue this month.  Information on Texas Pickin’ Park may be found at or by calling 512-415-3177.  Workshops will “pick” back up once cooler weather comes.

Saturday, August 24 brings a double header to Fayetteville as the Arts For Rural Texas opens with the Richard Atlas Bottfeld exhibit and just a few blocks away at the St John’s Pavilion on 209 East Bell Street, the 4th Annual Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department honors their best with a Shrimp Boil & Dance Fundraiser.  Mr. Bottfeld’s opening reception will be held from 5-7 pm at the Ross Gallery (on the square) and the exhibit will run from August 24 thru August 31.  He has requested that proceeds benefit ARTS and the Hospice Brazos Valley.  Any questions may be directed to Arts For Rural Texas at or 979-378-2113. The fire department fundraiser will commence at 6 pm with happy hour, meal from 7-8:30 pm, and dance to the GTO’s.  Tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased at Joe’s Place, Fayetteville Propane, Fayetteville Bank, or by calling 979-966-8985 or 979-249-6868.  All proceeds will benefit the Fayetteville VFD making the entire day a true win-win for all.

St. John the Baptist Church

St. John the Baptist Church

The following week, August 31 and September 1 brings more celebrating to  Fayetteville as the historic Country Place Hotel celebrates a birthday with a party and St. John the Baptist Church celebrates its’ annual feast in mix of the cultures of the community.  The Country Place Hotel (the former Zapp Building) is located on the corner of Fayette and Washington Streets on the Square.  It has been nourished and revitalized since 1975 by Clovis and Maryann Heimsath, who are the 2012 recipients of the Clara Driscoll award by Preservation Texas.  The original building was named the Zapp Building after German native Hugo Zapp. He established his mercantile business in 1865 and in 1900 after a fire burned the wooden store on the site, he constructed this present two-story brick building.  The Romanesque revival building features decorative brickwork in a checkerboard pattern.  In 1915, it was purchased by another merchant that operated it for more than 50 years.  On Saturday, August 31, the community will celebrate the 10th birthday of Country Place Hotel beginning at 8 pm with music, dancing, and fun.  They may be reached at 979-966-7771 or go to

The weekend is just beginning in this very active community as Sunday, September 1 is the Annual Feast of St. John the Baptist Church at 209 East Bell Street in Fayetteville.  Make no mistake–this is a very special celebration as well.  The parish honors the Czech and German immigrants that settled the area in the mid-1800’s and their celebration kicks off with a 10 am Polka Mass (if you have never heard a Polka Mass, now’s your chance).  They will be serving up home pit barbeque beef, pork, and sausage dinner at the Recreation Center, and will carry the tradition of celebrating with games for children, country store, auction, kolaches and pastries, and a free dance until 10 pm with Charles and the Fabulous Four.  Sandwiches will be served started at 2:30 pm and bingo will kick off at 2 pm.  All ages are welcome.  Go to for questions or call 979-378-2277.

“We are extremely proud of our cultures that make up the community of Fayetteville.  These active events earmark the traditions that honor those settlers that came before us,” states Mayor Ronnie Pflughaupt.  “Our restaurants, lodging, shopping, and businesses extend their hometown hospitality as well to welcome all visitors and locals that come to share these experiences”.  Fayetteville is located on Highway 159 a short distance from La Grange and zip code 78940 for GPS users—“Great weekend getaway with dining, shopping, and lodging available for all.”