[Ravensfort] Fw: 3/9 Sleuthing the Alamo

David R. Hoffpauir env_drh at shsu.edu
Tue Mar 1 06:15:07 PST 2005

3/9 Sleuthing the Alamo
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"A brilliant and original investigation into the birth and myths of the Texas Republic [by] a master historian and detective."
This is how the History Book Club recently described "Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution" (Oxford University Press, 2004), by James E. Crisp. 

Crisp will present a slide lecture at 7:45 p.m. March 9 in the Sam Houston Museum's Walker Education Center auditorium, preceded by a reception and book-signing beginning at 6:30 in the Walker Center atrium. The Walker Center is located at 1402-19th Street. 

A native Texan, Crisp has spent the last dozen years trying to squeeze a few reliable truths out of the myths of early Texas. "Sleuthing the Alamo" is the culmination of this research. 

In his Walker Center presentation, Crisp will relate how he stumbled onto the true identity of the author of a viciously anti- Mexican speech that for years had been falsely attributed to Sam Houston. 

"This discovery opened the door to many others," said Crisp, "and by the middle of the 1990s I found myself in the middle of the biggest Texan historical controversy of them all--the circumstances relating to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo." 

Crisp said he will explain how he uncovered a rare document in the Yale University archives. This document unlocked the mystery of a tattered Mexican manuscript held by the University of Texas at San Antonio, which described Crockett's gruesome death by execution--a manuscript that by the year 2000 had made its way into Guinness World Records. 

When Crisp began to receive "hate mail" in the midst of these controversies, he decided to investigate the origins of the anti- Mexican attitudes that pervaded much of traditional Texas History as taught in the twentieth century. 

"That research led to the discovery of the secret of the 1903 slashing of the most famous historical painting in Texas--a painting which changed the story of the Alamo," he said. 

Crisp promised to reveal the hidden messages in this and other paintings in his March 9 presentation. 

Admission is free, and all interested in Texas history are invited. Call 936. 294.1832 or check the museum Web site at http://www.SamHouston.Memorial.Museum for more information. 

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