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Wings of Freedom Tour 2014 – 3/22

March 21st, 2014 by Jeff

The B-17, B-24 and P-51 are on the 25th season of the Tour.

Tour through the authentically restored aircraft or take a flight aboard for the ultimate immersion in history!

Call (978) 562-9182 for flight reservations. At the Gillespie County Airport.

Travis’ Letter – Happy Texas Independence Day

March 2nd, 2014 by Jeff

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bexar, Feby. 24th 1836

To the People of Texas & all Americans in the world –

Fellow citizens & compatriots –

I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna –

I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man –

The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken –

I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls –

I shall never surrender or retreat.

Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch –

The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country –

Victory or Death.

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.

P.S. The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 heads of Beeves.
Travis

The Original Texas Star Trail Ride – February 28 to March 8

February 28th, 2014 by Jeff

480_A_IMG_1477Join us as we ride The Original Texas Star Trail through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood. Each year, about 300 people take part in the 112 mile ride. It’s the experience of a lifetime and one you will not forget. We cross 40 cattle guards through more than 20 Texas Hill Country ranches, including the LBJ Ranch. Spectators welcome! Please visit the website for more information.

Phone: (512) 791-2503

Frontier Days at Fort Martin Scott – November 30

November 30th, 2013 by Jeff

The City of Fredericksburg’s Fort Martin Scott has announced that the fort will hold its first annual celebration to commemorate the opening of Fort Martin Scott in 1848. The event will include continuous re-enactments, cannon firings, live action shootouts, horses and wagons, pioneer crafts, chuck wagon food, Native Americans, musicians, storytellers and western authors. ”Watch the Fort Come Alive!”. Free admission and something for the whole family!

9 am to 5 pm at 1606 East Main Street. Call 997-7521 for more information.

“Log Cabin Days” at Pioneer Museum – October 12

October 9th, 2013 by Jeff

With the crispness of fall in the air, the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg is opening its gates for Log Cabin Days – Living History, a special event where families can experience life on the frontier, on Saturday, Oct 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids can take a turn at making rope, churning butter, grinding corn, and spinning wool. Demonstrators will show how to wash with a scrub board, weave pots, create “seed art,” and perform other household and homestead chores.

Throughout the day, visitors can explore the Pioneer Museum’s entire 3.5-acre site. Features include one of the first stores in Fredericksburg, a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, and an original Sunday House.

All Living History activities are included in the regular museum admission – $5 for adults, $3 for children. The Pioneer Museum is located in downtown Fredericksburg at the corner of Main Street and Milam Street.

The Gillespie County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve historic sites and objects in Gillespie County, while promoting interest in Texas history. For more information, call (830) 997-2835.

The Dinosaur Show – September 20

September 25th, 2013 by Jeff

dinosauergerogeOne day only! One of the largest traveling prehistoric exhibits in North America is coming to Fredericksburg! ”Dinosaur George” of the History Channel’s “Jurassic Fight Club” will present an incredible display of dinosaur skulls including one of the largest T-Rex skulls ever found. You’ll see saber tooth tigers, crocodiles and much more. At the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Park. Bring your cameras! Program courtesy of the Fredericksburg Rockhounds.

9 am to 6 pm. Free admission. At Lady Bird Park, Pioneer Pavillion.

Founders Day – May 11

May 10th, 2013 by Jeff

The community is invited to participate in this year’s Founders Day Festival honoring John O. Meusebach and the founding families of Fredericksburg who courageously migrated from Germany and settled here, establishing the city of Fredericksburg. A wreath-laying at the Vereins Kirche at the Marktplatz, located on the 100 block of W. Main Street, will be held at 9:30 a.m. this Saturda immediately followed by a Founder’s Festival at the Pioneer Museum grounds at 325 W. Main St. Refreshments and living history exhibits will be available. The grounds will be open for free from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Come see re-enactors and historical performances, and participate in hands-on activities and games while enjoying the live music. For information, call 830-997-2835.

Texas History Day – February 16

February 12th, 2013 by Jeff

Fredericksburg based Former Texas Ranger Foundation has partnered with the Gillespie County Historical Society and the Texas Heritage Music Foundation of Kerrville, to produce “Texas History Day”, a truly unique event that will be presented at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street, in Fredericksburg on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The event is scheduled during Spring Break as an outreach program aimed at the youth of Texas to present messages of Texas History and Texas Values.

Daytime programming will focus on character education by presenting the Five Character Traits of the Texas Ranger (courage – determination – dedication – integrity – respect), while being wrapped in the theme of Frontier Texas, through presentations of song, storytelling, magic and field reenactments. An estimated 2,000 – 2,500 people are expected for the outdoor staging portion of the event from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM, and will culminate that evening with a catered dinner and concert by award- winning Texas author and singer Mike Blakely. Seating for the evening dinner and concert is limited to 200 patrons.

Admission for the daytime activities is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 7 to 17, and children under 7 are free. The evening dinner show is $40. All proceeds will benefit the Pioneer Museum and Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

Make plans to attend this family oriented, entertaining yet educational event …………
WHERE TEXAS HISTORY and TEXAS VALUES COME TOGETHER for TEXAS YOUTH.

For tickets and information contact Evelyn Weinheimer, Event Coordinator, at the Pioneer Museum (830) 990-8441.

LBJ’s 104th Birthday Celebration – August 27

August 24th, 2012 by Jeff

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical ParkLBJ at the buffet will celebrate the 104th anniversary of President Johnson’s birth on Monday, August 27. Each year the sitting president sends military representatives to lay a wreath at President Johnson’s grave. This year Brig. General Theresa C. Carter, Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio will lead the military contingent. There will be special music performed by Yvonne Campos of San Antonio, a member of the Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club. Our special guest speaker will be Nolan Oldham, who recently graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in history and government. Upon accepting the invitation Oldham stated, “I am grateful to be invited to the remembrance of President Johnson’s life and the historic time during which he served.”

Following the ceremony which begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson Family Cemetery, visitors are invited to drive the LBJ Ranch, and take a tour of the Texas White House. No fee will be charged for the tour on August 27 in honor of President Johnson’s birthday.

For more information on this and other park events, view  or call (830) 868-7128, ext. 222.

Wings of Freedom Tour – March 23 to 26

March 19th, 2012 by Jeff

The Wings of Freedom Tour brings historic aviation to your community. See – hear – touch and even ride in one of the aircraft that changed the world. Included in the tour will be a B-17, B-24, P-51 and a Huey Helicopter. Aircraft will be on display and fly from the Gillespie County Airport, 191 Airport Rd. off Hwy 16 S.