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February 28, 2010

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

The first week of the month means changing exhibits. The student art exhibit is being taken down and boxed up to return to the schools. The new exhibit will be prepared on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Georgia and I are traveling to Borger for the third workshop by Texas Historical Commission on exhibit and collections. These regional workshops update us on the latest techniques and equipment that assist in preserving and conserving our collections.

Dorothy and Ann should be returning soon from their winter retreats so we are looking forward to hearing about their adventures. They always bring us ideas they have seen in southern museums.

The deadline is closing in on us for the history book so get to work and finish your histories. Also work with your town, church, local merchants in bringing us up to date on your community since 1976. This is our slice of history that future generations are going to use to reflect on our times.

March is also membership month and the renewals will be going out soon. We appreciate each and everyone of you that support the museum.

The Book Committee will meet March 10 from 1pm to 3pm at the museum followed by the Board from 4pm to 6pm. These are public open meeting and all are invited to join us.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

Monday was Texas Independence Day and was an official state holiday. There is always a big birthday party at Washington on the Brazos state park with speeches, festivals, and large crowds.

Fifty-four delegates of the Convention of 1836 began meeting on March 1 at the village of Washington-on-the Brazos, (located today between present day Houston and Austin) Each of the settlements of Texas were represented by delegates elected one month earlier. The convention elected Richard Ellis president of the convention, and Herbert S. Kimble, secretary.

Delegates of Convention of 1836 wrote and adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence overnight. They elected a committee of five delegates to draft the document.. It was briefly reviewed, then adopted by the delegates. Afterwards they prepared a Constitution for the newly formed Republic, and organized an interim government. These actions were accomplished amid almost daily reports of the invasion on Texas soil by Mexico, and the collapse of the Alamo and destruction of its Defenders.

The ad interim government that was created by the delegates took office at the close of the convention and served until the following October, when general elections were held. With their mission accomplished, the delegates and the newly formed government of the Republic of Texas adjourned in haste during the early morning hours of March 17, following news of the approach of Santa Anna and the Mexican army.

The Republic of Texas existed from 1836 to 1846.


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