Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


March 11, 2014

Texas revolution lecture set for March 31

JACKSONVILLE — On March 31, beginning at 5:30 p.m., members of the community are invited to a tour of the American History Museum in Bullard, followed by a lecture on the Texas Revolution by Dr. Jesús de la Teja at Bullard Southern Baptist Church. This free event will be hosted by the Barnwell Anderson Chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Society of Jacksonville College; the Cherokee County Historical Commission; and Dr. Patricia Richey, Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Jacksonville College. The evening will begin with a tour of the American Freedom Museum located on the campus of The Brook Hill School in Bullard. The museum contains an amazing collection of over 600 artifacts and documents from the breadth of our nation’s history. A special gallery in the museum features a document signed by every President of the United States from George Washington to Barack Obama. Another gallery holds artifacts from the battlefields of the American Revolution all the way to the sands of Iraq. For this special event, the normal entrance fee will be waived. Museum visits will begin at 5:30 PM. At 7 PM, all participants will gather just across the highway at Bullard Southern Baptist Church, 716 N. Houston St., for a lecture by Dr. de la Teja concerning Antonio Menchaca—the subject of his recent book.

Antonio Menchaca was a fourth-generation Texan, his ancestors having been among the founding military settlers of San Antonio in the early 18th century. During the Revolution, Menchaca served under Juan Seguín’s command and participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. Dr. de la Teja's talk will focus on Menchaca's recollections of the battle and the days immediately after, where he tells the story of his interactions with General Santa Anna, the Napoleon of the West, after his capture the day following the battle.

Jesús F. de la Teja is the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University, where he also served as chairman of the department of history from 2005 to 2011. He was the inaugural State Historian of Texas (2007- 2009) and has served on the board of directors and as president of the Texas State Historical Association. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, most recently Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History and an edited volume of biographies, Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas. He has served as book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly since 1997 and between 1990 and 2005 served as managing editor of the journal of the Texas Catholic Historical Society. He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and the Texas Catholic Historical Society and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Philosophical Society of Texas.  Dr. de la Teja will have copies of his book available for purchase after the


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