Step Back in Time

Visitors at the Alamo find out about 1830s firearms from a living historian.

Make your way to the Alamo's living history encampment, behind the Church, to meet the Alamo's history guides - known as living historians. Enjoy hands-on demonstrations about daily life at the time of the Texas Revolution. Discover what people wore, how they looked after their health, and what essential skills they had to master, such as fire-starting, leather working, and how to take care of their firearms.

What to Expect at the Encampment

Living Historian showing a cannon to a young girl

Demonstrations vary daily but on most days you'll get a taste of life in the 1830s. 

Artillery talks and demonstrations happen almost every day. You'll learn about the sizes of cannon at the Alamo, the different types of shot, and what it took to be part of a cannon crew.

1830s medicine is also a popular topic. While there are many similarities to modern-day medicine, you will be astounded at some of the medical practices and instruments common in the early 1800s. 

Musket firing demonstrations are not taking place at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions - they tend to generate a large crowd! Typically, they take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm behind the Living History Encampment. One day soon, come and be dazzled by the sights, sounds, and smells of firing flintlock firearms - the weapons used during the 1836 Alamo battle. These demonstrations typically last between 10 and 15 minutes and include loud noises.