Celebrating the Unveiling of the Alamo's Mission Gate and Lunette Interpretation

May 10, 2024


Jonathan Huhn, Alamo Trust, Inc.
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Opening to concrete gate closed off by a red ribbon with family members behind the ribbon

he Alamo and the Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation are delighted to announce the successful unveiling of the Mission Gate and Lunette interpretation at the Shrine of Texas Liberty, a significant addition to the historical site’s narrative.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a representative from the Kelleher Family expressed their excitement about supporting the Alamo Plan: “We are ecstatic to be part of the Alamo Plan, playing a role in preserving the grounds and enriching the visitor experience. It’s a privilege to assist in enhancing the narrative of these cherished grounds.”

Carlos Cortes, the artist responsible for the interpretation, spoke of the personal importance of the project: “Growing up in San Antonio I've always had a deep connection to its history and culture, which has instilled in me a profound appreciation of the significance of the Alamo to our city. To be entrusted with contributing to its story is both an honor and a privilege.”

In her speech, Dr. Kate Rogers, Executive Director of Alamo Trust, Inc., extended her thanks to the Kelleher Family for their charitable donation and to Carlos Cortes for his dedication to this significant project. “Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the Kelleher Family for their generous contribution, enabling this vital interpretation. We are also immensely thankful to Carlos Cortes for his artistic endeavor. This project illuminates the indigenous population's contributions in the 1700s during Spanish Colonial settlement to San Antonio, and the strategic modifications by the Mexican Army in 1835, broadening our visitors' understanding of the Alamo's 300-year history dating back to 1724,” remarked Dr. Rogers.

The Mission Gate and Lunette interpretation significantly contributes to the Alamo by offering visitors a more profound connection to its history and a wider appreciation of its importance. Through the combined efforts of the Alamo Trust, Inc., the Kelleher Foundation, and Carlos Cortes, this project ensures the enduring legacy of the Alamo for future generations.

This unveiling represents a significant milestone in the continuous preservation and interpretation of the Alamo’s rich history, offering guests an enhanced perspective on its crucial place in the story of Texas.

For access to a digital press kit, including photos and video from today's ceremony that the press can utilize, please click here. Remember to credit the Alamo Trust, Inc. for any content used from this kit.

Man holding a Bowie knife post ribbon cutting surrounded by family members
Family members standing at opening to a gate next to signage with letters
Two living historians standing with other people next to a cannon
Man speaking at a podium next to the Texas flag in front of gate that says Mission San Antonio de Valero
Three men in black guayabera shirts standing in front of a concrete gate

About Alamo Trust, Inc. | Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Alamo stands as a Shrine to Texas Liberty. Alamo Trust, Inc., or the Alamo, tells the story of Texas Independence as part of its rich and diverse 300-year history to over 1.6 million visitors every year and is the #1 most visited destination in the State of Texas. In 1960, the Alamo was designated a United States National Historic Landmark, and in 2015, it became part of the Lone Star State's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness living history, experience authentic artifacts, and explore an iconic landmark that shaped the country. Visit theAlamo.org.