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Nacogdoches hosts Living History Day to honor the bicentennial of the War of 1812

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 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," said McMahon.

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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