SAN JACINTO CELEBRATES JOINING THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION
10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte, Texas 77571
Recently, the San Jacinto Monument and Battleground State Historic Site transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to operation by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). San Jacinto staff, supporters, and officials from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will be on hand at 10 a.m. Sept.13th to officially welcome San Jacinto to the agency and unveil a new image that will be used on the site’s branded merchandise. Chairman John Nau, III, of the Texas Historical Commission and the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, will be providing special remarks.
Nine historic sites across the state of Texas transferred to the THC Sept. 1, 2019. Eight of these properties were managed by TPWD. These properties were transferred by the 86th Texas Legislature on the recommendation of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. The action allows both THC and TPWD to improve efficiency by focusing each agency on its core mission – THC’s role as the state historic preservation office, and TPWD’s as steward of the state’s impressive natural resources and hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation attractions.
TPWD sites transferring include:
· San Jacinto Monument and Battleground (Harris County)
· Washington-on-the-Brazos and Barrington Plantation (Washington County)
· Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill (Fayette County)
· Lipantitlán (Nueces County)
· Fanthorp Inn (Grimes County)
· Port Isabel Lighthouse (Cameron County)
· Separate legislation transfers the Star of the Republic Museum to THC management Jan. 1, 2020.
"Texas Parks and Wildlife and their professional staff have done impressive work stewarding these historic places,” said Mark Wolfe, THC Executive Director. “We welcome this challenge to build on their legacy and continue the preservation of these unique sites for new generations of visitors to enjoy.”
About the Battle of San Jacinto
“Remember the Alamo!” “Remember Goliad!” Shouted the Texian troops led by Gen. Sam Houston when they surprised the Mexican army that was camped here in 1836. The decisive Battle of San Jacinto resulted in Texas’ independence from Mexico. This 1,200-acre park includes the towering San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Museum of History.
Site Manager Andy Smith: General welcome and introductions
Townes Pressler/Larry Spasic: Remarks
Chairman Nau: Remarks
Unveil Site-Branded Image of San Jacinto
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