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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 3 April 2003

3rd Annual Texas Genealogy & Family History Fair

Do you have family in Texas? If so, you should attend the "3rd Annual Texas Genealogy and Family History Fair" sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) on Saturday, June 28, 2003 at the Walker County Fairgrounds located 4-miles west of Huntsville from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Registration is $5 per person if received by June 1st and $8 at the door.

This event will allow genealogical book publishers, genealogical societies, historical and patriotic organizations, libraries, museums, family associations, and other genealogical and commercial vendors the opportunity to exhibit their materials to researchers. The fee for display tables will be $10 (commercial) or $5.00 (non-profit organization) each plus a registration fee for each person.

The WCGS invites you to make this a 2-day event and visit the Huntsville Public Library's Genealogy/Texana/Local History Collection. The library, located at 1216 14th Street in Huntsville will be open Friday, June 27th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The collection includes vertical files that contain more than 300 original Bible records, more than 200 names in the Pioneer Registry Collection, Confederate Collection, Newspaper Collection, and much more.

For more information, write: WCGS, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342, e-mail: < info@DickensonResearch.com > or visit: http://www.DickensonResearch.com/wcgen.htm.

San Jacinto 2003: Symposium, Commemorative Ceremony & Battle Reenactment

Events celebrating the 167th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto and Texas Independence on Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th 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, the 3rd Annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium, "San Jacinto; A Chapter in U.S. - Mexico Relations" will take place at the Houston Club, 811 Rusk in Houston from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include: (1) San Jacinto: The Turning point of the Texan-Mexican War, (2) Texas: A Wedge between Mexico and the United States, 1836-1845; (3) Sam Houston' Road to Jacinto; and, (4) Slavery in the Texas Revolution. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch. Mail checks payable to the "San Jacinto Symposium" to: San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, P. O. Box 218567, Houston, Texas 77218-8567 or for more information, telephone 281/496-1488.

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 with Ron Stone as Master of Ceremonies and Governor Rick Perry as the principal speaker.

At 1:00 p.m., there will be a 55th Anniversary Program at the Battleship 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 < coloneltubbs@yahoo.com >.

The ceremony and reenactment events are free to the public. The boardwalk into the historic San Jacinto Marsh allows visitors to 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.

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

To learn more about the San Jacinto Battle visit: http://earlytexashistory.com/ and click on the link "San Jacinto Day Events." 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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