Each month the Alamo’s Assistant Curator, Ernesto Rodriguez, helps us explore an artifact related to the Alamo.
For many years prior to 1905, the Alamo Long Barrack was used as a mercantile establishment. Its walls were covered in advertising and marketing signage, effectively hiding this important piece of Texas history.
When the building became available for purchase, Adina De Zavala persuaded the sellers to give the Daughters of the Republic of Texas the first option to buy.
De Zavala and members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) began working to raise funds for its purchase. One way they raised funds was through the sale of silver commemorative spoons.