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Alamo Mission, Education Center, Scheduled to Complete in 2023

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Alamo visitors will soon understand what it was like to enter San Antonio’s first permanent Spanish indigenous mission in the 1700s and the battlefield for Texas independence in 1836. prize.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall, when the main gate of the mission is reproduced. Also, next year, an education center will be opened that will almost double the number of school children who can visit the site.

Alamo, Alamo Fortress and Mission San Antonio de Valero, Patrick Gallagher, Alamo Project told Austin’s Texas History Commission during the Tuesday update.

According to Gallagher, the exhibition will be the gateway to the site.

Alamo will expand its outdoor fence exhibit, which opened in December, to approach the gate and duplicate other areas along the south wall of Alamo, such as the kitchen where the mission was fulfilled. Another room near the gate is where bedridden Jim Bowie died in 1836.

“We talk about how people lived, where they grew their food, and how they managed their relationship with the site,” Gallagher said. “When they pass through this gate, they will be in a very important sacred place.”

Kate Rogers, executive director of Alamo Trust, said the planned education center is on the southeast corner of the site, which was originally built in 1922 as the city’s fire department. Alamo plans to demolish the exhibition annex, an old library built for the daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1950, and replace it with a new structure. According to Rogers, he hopes to pay tribute to DRT with a display celebrating the center’s past use as a library.

Educational facilities include a studio for online programming and an outdoor farming learning area that replicates “working acequia,” a waterway used to irrigate corn, beans and other crops. We also provide theater and reenactment programming.

Alamo, a pedestrian space with most of the vehicles closed on Crockett Street, is accessible to children from behind. Alamo, which currently accepts about 140,000 students annually, wants to increase its educational program to 250,000 children each year. The historically accurate 1836 Alamo model, made with Lego works and videos, helps to introduce the site to students.

“Believe it or not, there has never been a space for proper orientation for children,” Rogers said.

Alamo Trust has donated $ 5 million from Texas Cavalier for its education center and has selected the West East Design Group in San Antonio for its construction work. The Trust aims to complete the center in the second half of 2023.

Since Alamo is a state relic landmark, the Trust will seek permission from the Commission for Gate Exhibition and Education Center in the fall.

Other components of Alamo’s large-scale public-private makeover include the design and construction of the Alamo Museum and Plaza visitor center, with the completion of the exhibition hall / collection building in the northeastern corner of the site in the fall. March 2026.