Country Music Star William Beckmann Leads Alamo's Reading of the Travis Letter

February 20, 2024


Jonathan Huhn, Alamo Trust, Inc.
Office (210) 225-1391x6064
Mobile (210) 867-7717

Reenactment of Travis writing letter in front of the Alamo Church

The Alamo is proud to invite the public to a dynamic and immersive historical event, the Never Surrender or Retreat reenactment, headlined by Country Music Star William Beckmann. Beckmann, renowned for his captivating blend of vintage country, Americana, and Latin influences and a native of Del Rio, TX, will lead this memorable event.

On February 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in Alamo Plaza, visitors will have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a live recreation and reading of Colonel William Travis' legendary call for reinforcements during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Beckmann, with his profound Texas roots and fervor for history, will spearhead the reenactment.

Additionally, this event marks a special occasion with the return of the historic Travis Letter from February 23 to March 24, 2024. This historic document will be on display at the Alamo Exhibit, offering special viewing opportunities for Friends of the Alamo members. We are also proud to announce that the Ralston Family Collections Center will open its doors to the public at no cost on selected dates: February 26 - 27, March 4 - 5, and March 18 - 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., allowing unprecedented access to this treasured artifact.

Alongside the reenactment, attendees are also invited to actively participate in a writing activity/contest, where they can compose their own "Never Surrender or Retreat" letters. This hands-on element promises to provide an enriching experience for families, history enthusiasts, and community members, fostering a deeper connection with a pivotal chapter in Texas history.

Admission to both the reenactment and the writing activity/contest is completely free, extending a warm invitation to the public to engage with history, and view the revered Travis Letter. This event at the Alamo is not only a tribute to the past but also a celebration of Texas' rich cultural and historical heritage.

Location for Travis Letter Viewing: Ralston Family Collections Center, behind the historic Alamo Church, February 23, 2024 - March 24, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What:   Never Surrender or Retreat

Who:    Public

When:  Saturday, February 24, 2024, 10 a.m.

Where: The Alamo
              300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

About Alamo Trust, Inc. | Alamo Trust, Inc. (ATI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that oversees the daily operations at the Alamo and implementation of the Alamo Plan. Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Alamo stands as a Shrine to Texas Liberty. 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