"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 4 April 2002

San Jacinto 2002: Symposium, Commemorative Ceremony & Battle Reenactment

Events celebrating the 166th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto and Texas Independence on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20th in Houston, will include a symposium, a commemorative ceremony and a reenactment of the 18-minute Battle of San Jacinto that, on April 21, 1836, changed the destiny of Texas and the shape of the United States.

On Friday, a symposium, "Personalities of San Jacinto" will be at the JW Merriot Hotel, 5150 Westheimer (Galleria area) in Houston. Topics include: General Sam Houston, Santa Anna, Sidney Sherman, Juan Seguin and the Tejano Company and San Jacinto: Who Wears the Coat of Many Colors? Cost is $30 per person and includes lunch. Mail checks payable to the "San Jacinto Symposium" to: Creg Gregson, 645 E. 71/2 St., Houston, Texas 77007, e-mail Gbgregson@aol.com, telephone: 713/868-3755.

On Saturday, a traditional San Jacinto Day Commemorative Ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the San Jacinto Monument, located at 3523 Highway 134 in LaPorte, Texas.

A reenactment of the famous 1836 battle when Texas won its independence from Mexico will occur at 3:00 p.m. at the San Jacinto Battleground State Park. More than 400 history buffs in period costumes will portray the decisive victory of the Texians under the leadership of General Houston over the Mexican forces under Santa Anna. Before and after the reenactment of the battle itself, visitors are transported back to 1836 by wandering in the Texian, Mexican and Runaway Scrape encampments where reenactors explain what life was like at the time of the birth of the Republic of Texas.

For information on the reenactors, contact: Colonel Jerry Tubbs, 10970 Firecreek Dr., Houston TX 77043, telephone 713/973-1136 or e-mail colonelt@prodigy.net.

The ceremony and reenactment events are free to the public.

Also, a new boardwalk into the historic San Jacinto Marsh will make its "public debut." Visitors can catch a glimpse of a multitude of flora and fauna found in this unique ecosystem, including nearly 200 species of birds, several of which are categorized as threatened or endangered. Food and drinks will be available. Park hours for the boardwalk area is: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Park's website at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/battlesh/battlesh.htm

To learn more about the San Jacinto Battle visit: http://www.earlytexashistory.com/Tx1836/. This website provides a directory of physical and Internet resources related to the San Jacinto Campaign of the Texas Revolution of 1836.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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