Texas Independence Day Celebration, Part 2

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

March second marks 171 years of Texas Independence. To celebrate… the birthplace of Texas — Washington-on-the-Brazos state historic site – has festivities planned for the entire family this weekend.

We transform the park back into the early 1800s. We have costumed performers and interpreters walking around. Folks actually feel as though they’re back in the 1800s.

Beth Taylor, Executive Director of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association, describes the site.

It is a 293 acre site, which encompasses Independence Hall, which is a replica of the original building, which was destroyed by fire. We also have The Star of the Republic Museum. This is the only museum dedicated to the Republic period of Texas.

Students who visit will discover a very familiar painting in the Star of the Republic Museum.

This appears in 95% of the textbooks that 4th and 7th grader read. It is the signing of the Texas Declaration. It’s really neat to hear these kids say “Hey Mom, that’s in my textbook!” And they get to see how big and how beautiful and bold that painting really is.

The Texas Independence Celebration is March 3rd and 4th from 10 until 5 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site in Washington, Texas. Entrance fees for the weekend will be waived.

That’s our show for today…with research and writing help from Loren Seeger. For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti

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