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John Coffee Hays

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list-texas-rangers-hays-ESan Antonio in 1837, John Coffee Hays came from Tennessee Hays shortly after Texas won its independence from Mexico. By 1841, he was a Texas Ranger captain at twenty years of age. A fearless fighter and skilled leader, Hays became famous for defending Texans against raids from  Native American (Comanche) and Mexican bandits. Hays would come to symbolize the Rangers of the Texas Republic era. In Mexican War (1846-48), Hays’ Rangers scouted, defended U.S. supply and communication lines from attacks by Mexican guerrillas and fought alongside regular U.S. army troops. He earned a national reputation for their bravery.

Save Texas History

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Save Texas History, give today to promote the study of our wonderful Texas history and claim your gift on you taxes. . The Texas Heroes Foundation is striving to keep the history true and keep it in our schools curriculum. You can help. Donate now at or mail to 9106 Bellechase Granbury, Texas 76049. Make check payable to the Texas Heroes Foundation.

Peggy Purser Freeman, so-director of the Student History Fair, with some of David Crockett descendants.

Peggy Purser Freeman, so-director of the Student History Fair, with some of David Crockett descendants.

The Texas Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization with goals to educate and involve children in Texas history. Our mission statement is: It’s All About Texas!

The vehicle that we have used to spark that interest has been the Texas Independence Day Events of North Texas in Hood County. The Texas Heroes Foundation (THF) invites you to “Stroll Through Texas History” on March 2, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, beginning at Acton Baptist Church at 3500 Fall Creek Hwy in Acton. Children can meet Texas Heroes, portrayed by the THF Team, partake in Elizabeth Crockett Memorial Ceremony, make period crafts, see black powder demonstrations, enjoy period music & performing art winners, view the Student History Fair, vote on People’s Choice Award and more.
The cost of time and finances needed to invest in our children’s interest in Texas is high. The Texas Heroes Foundation has given almost $15,000 to students in the last few years for their project-studies in Texas history. In addition to student scholarships, other significant expenses include supplies, school packets, advertising/marketing and special events and presentation. Presentations of historical music, musicians and cultural demonstrations by Native Americans, Frontiersmen, ranching and bull riding . This is where we hope you might join us. We are asking for your support so that this event can continue to grow and meet the goal of getting our kids interested in preserving the rich heritage of Texas History.
Please look over the attached Sponsorship Levels and see if you can contribute to the worthy cause of maintaining the knowledge of Texas history. It starts with our kids… and You.

Thank you,

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Win $50

“Selfie” Scavenger Hunt

selfie huntThe Texas Independence Day Celebration

Would you like to win $50?

Help keep Texas history in our hearts and minds. Join us on March 21-22, 2015 and take selfies as you participate in the Independence Day Celebration.

To be entered into the “Selfie” Scavenger Hunt, you must take courageous selfies

of at least 7 of the following items and post them beginning on March 21:

 

  • You at Texas Independence Day Celebration Opening Ceremony
  • You and a Vendor or with an Exhibits
  • You with the Texas Flag
  • You at Bull Riding on the Beach
  • You at the Parade
  • You with a Texas Hero
  • You with Elizabeth Crockett Memorial in Acton
  • You with your Favorite Student History Fair Entry
  • You with the Granbury Historic Courthouse
  • You with a Native American
  • You and the TID stage with one of the great musicians
  • Two facts you learned about Texas history that you did not know before.
  • You and the huge Declaration of Independence of the Republic poster.
  • Enter by using #SelfieMarch2texas2015.
  • Entries must be posted by March 22, 2015 by 10:00 p.m.
  • Must take at least 7 selfies and enter them at www.March2Texas.com.

Winner will be notified and posted on www.March2Texas.com.

Each picture posted becomes the property of Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas and the Texas Heroes Foundation and can be used on their webpage and in any social media setting

Win $50

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“Selfie” Scavenger Hunt

The Texas Independence Day Celebration

True courage is completing the things you say, while cowardice is just saying the things you wish to complete.” ~ William Barrett Travis

Do you have the courage to complete the Texas Independence Day Celebration “Selfie” Scavenger Hunt?

Would you like to win $50?

Help keep Texas history in our hearts and minds. Join us on March 21-22, 2015 and take selfies as you participate in the Independence Day Celebration.

To be entered into the “Selfie” Scavenger Hunt, you must take courageous selfies

of at least 7 of the following items and post them beginning on March 21:

 

  • You at Texas Independence Day Celebration Opening Ceremony
  • You and a Vendor or with an Exhibits
  • You with the Texas Flag
  • You at Bull Riding on the Beach
  • You at the Parade
  • You with a Texas Hero
  • You with Elizabeth Crockett Memorial in Acton
  • You with your Favorite Student History Fair Entry
  • You with the Granbury Historic Courthouse
  • You with a Native American
  • You and the TID stage with one of the great musicians
  • Two facts you learned about Texas history that you did not know before.
  • You and the huge Declaration of Independence of the Republic poster.
  • Enter by using #SelfieMarch2texas2015.
  • Entries must be posted by March 22, 2015 by 10:00 p.m.
  • Must take at least 7 selfies and enter them at www.March2Texas.com.

Winner will be notified and posted on www.March2Texas.com.

Each picture posted becomes the property of Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas and the Texas Heroes Foundation and can be used on their webpage and in any social media setting.selfie hunt

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Juan N. Seguin

“Texas shall be free, independent or we shall perish with glory in battle.” ~Juan N. Seguin, son of a pioneer Tejano family, formed a volunteer company of Tejano soldiers with the ringing proclamation that

“TexaSam-Houstons will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.” ~Sam Houston

 

 

Texas, Our Texas

Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev’ry test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.
(chorus)

Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.
(chorus)

Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.

Chorus

God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
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An educational and inspiring program for March 2, 2015 at 12:30 noontime at Travis hands Smith messageElizabeth Crockett Memorial Ceremony – Acton Cemetery

  • Welcome, Prayer – Rev Glenn Ward
  • Recognition of attending Crockett Family members – Sylvia Hickey
  • Memorial for Ken Hendricks – Sons of Confederates
  • Historical Presentations – Brandy Herr
  • David Crockett comments – Rich Merrill
  • Amazing Grace – Fiddlin’ Ridge Roberts
  • Placement of 13 Yellow Roses – Cullen Crisp
  • Color Guard-Black Powder Musket Volley, Cannon Fire, Benediction
  • Closing Remarks – Sylvia Hickey
  • Closing Prayer – Rev Glenn Ward

 All information is subject to change.

For information contact
Sylvia Hickey 817-894-9590

Grand Marshal of The TIDC 2015 Parade, James Veale shares his family ancestor.

John William Smith – 1792-1845Travis hands Smith message
The Last Messenger to Leave the Alamo
John William Smith., also known as El Colorado, marked history as the last messenger from the Alamo and the first anglo mayor of San Antonio. Born in Virginia, on November 4, 1792, he moved as a youth to Ralls County, Missouri. There he served as tax collector and sheriff and then married Harriet Stone in 1821. They had three children. In 1826 Smith followed the impresario Green DeWitt to Texas. When his wife refused to join him, he parted from his family and she obtained a divorce. Later she remarried and moved to Texas in 1839.
Smith lived in Gonzales, then in La Bahía, and by 1827 had moved to San Antonio. In 1828 he became Catholic in order to own land under Mexico. In 1830 he married María de Jesús Delgado Curbelo, a descendant of Canary Islanders. Between 1827 and 1836 Smith served as military storekeeper, developed mercantile interests and received a sizable Mexican land grant. He also worked as a civil engineer and surveyor.
As Texans’ desire for independence grew, war with the Mexican Army broke out. In December 1835, Smith escaped the occupying Mexican army of General Martín Perfecto de Cos and joined General Edward Burleson and the Texas army in besieging San Antonio. In early 1836, he joined William B. Travis in defense of the Alamo; he was sent by Travis as the final messenger from the Alamo to the Convention of 1836 meeting at Washington on the Brazos. Subsequently, Smith participated in the battle of San Jacinto.smith Centennial Marker
After Texas independence was gained, he returned to San Antonio, where he held a number of offices. He was mayor of San Antonio for three, one-year terms during the 1830s and 1840s. He was also alderman, Bexar County tax assessor, clerk of the Bexar County Court, clerk of the Board of Land Commissioners of Bexar County, clerk of the Bexar County Probate Court, treasurer of Bexar County, postmaster of San Antonio, Indian commissioner of the Republic of Texas and Senator from 1842 to January 12, 1845. At one time he held as many as eleven different commissions under presidents Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar. While serving as senator from Bexar, he died on January 12, 1845, after a brief illness, possibly pneumonia, at Washington-on-the-Brazos and was buried at the site of the current Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park. His remains were later relocated to the Washington City Cemetery, where they are marked by a stone monument.

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