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Anniversary of the Siege and Battle of the Alamo

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The Alamo invites you to Remember the Alamo with thirteen days of interactive living history programming and special events to commemorate the anniversary of the 1836 siege and battle.


2019 Alamo Siege & Battle Commemoration Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

10 – 11 a.m. | La Gran Marcha del Ejercito Mexicano

February 1836, Mexican troops arrive in San Antonio en masse. While it would take many days for the entirety of the Army to arrive, February 23 is the moment at which the Texians and Tejanos realize that they are outnumbered and ill-prepared. Witness the arrival of the Mexican Army.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 

 

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | An Evening With Heroes | Ticketed Event

What would it have been like to be at the Alamo the night before the famous battle? This after-hours theater tour allows you to experience the story of the Alamo like never before. Tickets are available via the book now button below. Register at this link.



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Gary Zaboly’s Alamo

Celebrated illustrator, and historian Gary Zaboly presents larger-than-life versions of his illustrations that have brought the Alamo to life for generations of Texans.

 

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Never Surrender or Retreat: The Immortal Words of William Barret Travis

Colonel William Travis’ impassioned call for reinforcements leaves the Alamo, to be delivered across Texas on horseback by courier Albert Martin.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Gary Zaboly’s Alamo

Celebrated illustrator, and historian Gary Zaboly presents larger-than-life versions of his illustrations that have brought the Alamo to life for generations of Texans.

 

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Lecture: Gary Zaboly’s Alamo: His Research & Art | Ticketed event

Have you ever wondered what the Alamo Defenders looked like? Gary Zaboly, renowned Texas History artist, returns to the Alamo to share his art and research of the famous battle of 1836 and the Texas Revolution.  In this one hour presentation, Gary will focus on the Alamo Defenders.  While most of the men who fought in the battle of March 6, 1836 died without a single likeness of themselves in existence, there are descriptions from their loved ones and others.  Gary uses these accounts to recreate what they might have looked like, giving us a better understanding of these determined men.  Join Gary on Monday, February 25, 2019 as he attempts to bring Alamo Defenders to life, 183 years after the Battle of the Alamo. Register at this link.


4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Guided Siege Tour

This special guided tour is offered free to the first 30 visitors who register online. The tour explores the Alamo battlefield, including the locations of the battle walls, gun placements, and the activities of the Alamo Defenders and Mexican Soldiers in 1836. Register today to reserve your spot. Register at this link.


4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 

 

7 – 8 p.m. | Alamo After Dark Special Commemoration Tour

Retrace the footsteps of the past in the solitude of an Alamo after-hours tour. Your visit will include a personalized tour of the Church and Alamo Grounds after normal operating hours. This tour will be conduct by professional Alamo tour guides what will depict the history for the Texas revolution and detail of the famous Battle of the Alamo. Also included in this tour will be a explanation of the current conservation and archeological work being done on the grounds.

This tour is $35.00 per person. Children 5 and under are free and you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. Register at this lin



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations exploring the culture and artillery of frontier Texas.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Historians Speak: Convergence of Cultures in the Texas Revolution

Hear renowned historians discuss the state of scholarship on the Texas Revolution as we commemorate the 183rd anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. The panel will include Miguel Soto Estrada, Ph.D., Professor of Mexican History at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Andrew Torget, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas, and Gregg Dimmick, Ph.D., Author of Sea of Mud: The Retreat of the Mexican Army after San Jacinto.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Guided Siege Tour

This special guided tour is offered free to the first 30 visitors who register online. The tour explores the Alamo battlefield, including the locations of the battle walls, gun placements, and the activities of the Alamo Defenders and Mexican Soldiers in 1836. Register today to reserve your spot. Register at this link.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


FRIDAY, MARCH 1

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

10 – 11 a.m. | The Immortal 32 Arrive!

On March 1, 1836, Travis’ pleas for reinforcements is answered by 32 men from Gonzales, riding through enemy lines to join the woefully undermanned Texas garrison. Witness their arrival with this live living history event. Gonzales Mayor Connie Kacir will be our guest of honor.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 

 

6:30 – 9 p.m. | Movie Night: The Alamo

A special showing of the 2004 film The Alamo, in the beautiful Alamo Gardens. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and movie begins at 7 p.m.


SATURDAY, MARCH 2

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

12:30 p.m.  – 2 p.m. | Commemoration Ceremony: Texas Independence Day

This program, presented in partnership with the Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, commemorates Texas Independence Day. The event is free and all visitors are welcome.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


SUNDAY, MARCH 3

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Guided Battlefield Tour

This special guided tour is offered free to the first 30 visitors who register online. The tour explores the Alamo battlefield, including an outline of where the original walls stood, where significant figures in the revolution were located, and how the Mexican Army infilitrated the fort. Register at this link.


10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Crockett Fiddle Festival

The Alamo’s fifth annual Crockett Fiddle Festival will feature a day full of live music from renowned fiddlers.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


MONDAY, MARCH 4

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 

7 – 8 p.m. | Alamo After Dark Special Commemoration Tour

Retrace the footsteps of the past in the solitude of an Alamo after-hours tour. Your visit will include a personalized tour of the Church and Alamo Grounds after normal operating hours. This tour will be conduct by professional Alamo tour guides what will depict the history for the Texas revolution and detail of the famous Battle of the Alamo. Also included in this tour will be a explanation of the current conservation and archeological work being done on the grounds.

This tour is $35.00 per person. Children 5 and under are free and you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. Register at this link.


TUESDAY, MARCH 5

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations exploring the culture and artillery of frontier Texas.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Guided Tour: After the Battle

This special guided tour is offered free to the first 30 visitors who register online. This tour explores the Alamo battlefield and what happened after the battle. Register at this link.

 

12 – 1 p.m. | James Boddie's Virtual Alamo

Join us for a special talk by James Boddie that explores the inspiration and process of creating his incredible 3D model of the 1836 Alamo. This lecture will take place in Alamo Hall. Register at this link.


4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. | Commemoration Ceremony: After the Fall of the Alamo

In partnership with the San Antonio Living History Association, Dawn at the Alamo describes the events leading up to the morning of the battle. Two youth choirs will perform following the program, which will conclude with a musket volley.

 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Living History

Interact with live Living History demonstrations exploring the culture and artillery of frontier Texas.

 

10 a.m. | Commemoration Ceremony

This ceremony, presented in partnership with the Sons of the Republic of Texas, commemorates the 1836 Siege and Battle with guest speaker George Nelson, author of the Illustrated History of the Alamo.

 

2 – 3 p.m. | Commemoration Ceremony: Memorial Service for the Heroes of the Alamo

This program, presented in partnership with the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, honors the heroes of the Alamo who valiantly fought and died on March 6, 1836. The ceremony features a performance by Fort Sam’s Own 323d Army Band and a roll call of the nations and states where each defender came from.

 

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Voices from the Past

A member of the Alamo garrison reads historic texts that describe what is happening at the Alamo during each day of the siege. 

 

6 – 7 p.m. | Commemoration Ceremony: Remember the Defenders

This poignant ceremony commemorates the lives of the 189 defenders that died on March 6, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo and honors the sacrifice they and their families made in the name of Texas’ independence.

View the Alamo Events Calendar.