From pages right out
of a history book living historians brought a piece of Texas history to life
for Living History Day in Nacogdoches.
"We don't talk about this period of Nacogdoches history
or Texas history very often so it's great to have an event like this so we can
really shine a light to that and we can learn more about our history because
the more we know the better," said Jessica Sowell, Assistant Historic Sites
Manager, City of Nacogdoches.
The green flag representing the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition
was raised in tribute to venture that started in Nacogdoches in1812.
"The expedition is made up of
Anglos from the United States and Tejanos from Texas and the idea is to break
Texas away from Spain in 1812 to 1813," said Scott McMahon, Living Historian.
Scott McMahon was one of many historians from
across Texas that we're clad in military garments and weapons from the time, educating
many about a period in Texas history often over shadowed by the Texas Revolution.
"We're coming up on the
bicentennial actually for all of these filibustering expeditions into Texas and
it brings a new dimension to our history here to see the relation between Texas
and the United States before the colonization and revolutionary period,"
McMahon says this time in Texas
history is significant because the key movers in the revolutionary period were
involved in these early expeditions.
"This is a very long drawn out
process and these guys were obviously dedicated because they worked at it for
so long," said McMahon.
Living History Day is just the
beginning of events state wide commemorating the War of 1812 and exposing Texans
to a part of history they might have overlooked.
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