In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary, and as part of that celebration, the Alamo is excited to announce the Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series!
Each month, the Alamo will bring you experts who will explore the events, people, and themes that shaped the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and Texas.
The Alamo, while famous for its role in the Texas Revolution, also played a part in the American Civil War. This presentation will start with the secession of Texas in 1861, the flight of Federal authority from the state, and the launching of one of the first Confederate offensive of the war - the invasion of New Mexico Territory. The final review, held in Alamo Plaza, launched nearly 3,000 men from the Lone Star State on a strange adventure to conquer the west which reached its zenith at the Battle of Glorieta in March 1862. That summer, battered remnants of that army returned once again to San Antonio, but this time without the pomp, ceremony, and confidence of the year before.
About Donald S. Frazier
Donald S. Frazier is a professor of history at McMurray University in Abilene, Texas as well as an adjunct professor of history at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. He is the award-winning author of several books on the Civil War including Blood and Treasure (1996), Cottonclads (1998), Fire Historic Abilene (2000), Frontier Texas (2004), Abilene Landmarks (2009), and The Texas You Expect (2007), as well as general editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War (1998) and a collection of Civil War letters, published as Love and War (2010).
In addition to his teaching duties, Frazier has been very involved in a variety of heritage and cultural tourism projects, including consulting on the development of three museums, two research centers, a Mexican War battlefield, work on Civil War and frontier heritage trails in Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana, and work on historical projects in Europe and Mexico. He also helped Abilene, Texas achieve recognition as a Preserve America city and grant recipient. He is the writer and director for the video Our Home, Our Rights: Texas and Texans in the Civil War, a winner of the Mitchell Wilder Award for Excellencec in Publications and Media Design from the Texas Association of Museums.
Frazier is also active in historic preservation and public history projects. He is currently serving as President and CEO of the McWhiney History Education Group, a Texas-based educational non-profit. This organization operates Bear Leader Tours, an educational travel company which specializes in battlefield tours in North America, Europe, and the Pacific, and a publishing company, State House Press, which includes such prestigious titles as The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey by international recording superstar Phil Collins.
Frazier, in his role with the McWhiney Group, also designed and eveloped Diogenes Lantern and go2history.com, online educational content websites. He has served as a consultant with several communities as they develop their hieritage and cultural assets, and has been recognized for his efforts by numerous organizations including the American Association for State and Local History, The Texas Historical Foundation, the Histortical Society of New Mexico, and the Louisiana Historical Association.
Dr. Frazier has received accolades and honors for his contributions to the historical dialogue in the United States and was chosen for a military history fellowship at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a fellowship at the Univeristy of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is in high demand as a thinker, consultant, and speaker, having appeared on television programs including Legends and Lies (Fox News), The Dead Files (Travel Channel), Dig Wars (Travel Channel) as wel as the History Channle and National Public Radio.
Frazier, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is also an elected member of the prestigious Philosophical Society of Texas, the oldest learned organization in the state.
The 2018 Tricentennial Lecture Series Schedule (click to print or enlarge):
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