Alamo http://kut.org en Interview: Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins Sure Does. http://kut.org/post/interview-remember-alamo-phil-collins-sure-does <p>On Thursday, Phil Collins – the multi-million selling British singer, former Genesis drummer, and Texas history buff –&nbsp;returned to the Alamo with an offer: his entire collection of Alamo artifacts, valued in the millions of dollars.</p><p>In exchange? Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who oversees the management of the historic site, pledged to build a new structure to display the Collins collection, telling a more well-rounded story of the seminal 1836 battle at San Antonio de Bexar.&nbsp;</p><p>In an exclusive conversation with the Texas Standard's David Brown –&nbsp;recorded in&nbsp; the Alamo's sacristy –&nbsp;Collins talks about how his fascination with Texas' Independence story blossomed into an adult obsession.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156276310&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:25:23 +0000 David Brown 10691 at http://kut.org Interview: Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins Sure Does. A UN Takeover of the Alamo? 'Horse Hockey' Says Texas Land Commissoner http://kut.org/post/un-takeover-alamo-horse-hockey-says-texas-land-commissoner <p>The Texas Land Commissioner is responding to Internet rumors that the Alamo could be handed over to the United Nations if the San Antonio mission is designated a <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/">UNESCO World Heritage Site.</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In <a href="http://www.glo.texas.gov/glo_news/press_releases/2013/OCTOBER/the-alamo.html">a statement issued today</a>, Commissioner Jerry Patterson said reports that a UN flag would fly over the Alamo are "horse hockey," by which he means nonsense.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rumor gained steam when it was<a href="http://www.infowars.com/united-nations-to-take-over-the-alamo/">&nbsp;posted this week to&nbsp;InfoWars</a>, the website owned by nationally syndicated radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. It was picked up by other sites including <a href="http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/wait-what-the-alamo-may-soon-fly-the-blue-united-nations-flag-as-an-official-un-heritage-site/">Liberty News</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://universalfreepress.com/texas-alamo-to-be-surrendered-to-the-united-nations/">Universal Free Press</a>. And it appeared on forums like <a href="http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?p=5994553">SurvivalistBoards</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3718227">the Fal Files.</a> But other bloggers were expressing concern about the UN designation <a href="http://acahnman.blogspot.com/2013/09/will-julian-castro-give-united-nations.html">at least since September</a>. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:28:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9065 at http://kut.org A UN Takeover of the Alamo? 'Horse Hockey' Says Texas Land Commissoner Photos: William Travis' 'Victory or Death' Letter Returns to Alamo http://kut.org/post/photos-william-travis-victory-or-death-letter-returns-alamo <div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1836, William </span>Barret<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Travis famously wrote “Victory or Death” in his appeal for more troops during the Battle of The Alamo. 177 years later, the iconic letter is returning to the Alamo for a brief exhibit later this month.</span></p><p>Currently, the letter is safely held at Austin’s Texas State Archives and Library Building, away from the harmful UV rays that have deteriorated its condition.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:35:57 +0000 Tyler Pratt 6589 at http://kut.org Photos: William Travis' 'Victory or Death' Letter Returns to Alamo Historic Letter Heads 'Home' to the Alamo http://kut.org/post/historic-letter-heads-home-alamo <p>For the first time since it was written more than 170 years ago, the Travis letter will return the Alamo.</p><p>The famous letter—known to many as the <a href="https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/sites/default/files/public/tslac/landing/documents/TravisLtr_1836.pdf" target="_blank">“victory or death” letter</a>—was written by William B. Travis to request reinforcements at the Alamo.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Texas State Library and Archives Commission</a> has controlled access to the letter since the early 1900’s and it has only been loaned out and displayed a few times. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:02:01 +0000 Laura Rice 5442 at http://kut.org Historic Letter Heads 'Home' to the Alamo