Alamo story, site still seeing changes

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

The Battle of the Alamo — source of legends, books, movies and now a debate over state funding for a multimillion-dollar makeover of the historic site — will be solemnly commemorated on its 181st anniversary today. In a tight budget year, legislators are weighing the merits of a request for $75 million to support preservation… Read more >

Alamo to start Bowie exhibit, new tours

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

The Shrine of Texas Liberty is launching two new ways to remember the Alamo. Beginning Saturday, the Alamo will offer updated guided walking tours and a free exhibit on legendary defender Jim Bowie and the knife that embodies his legacy. The special exhibit, “Bowie: Man-Knife-Legend,” is the first to open to the public in a… Read more >

Lege should help Alamo reimagining

San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board

The Alamo is in San Antonio, but the fact is that it belongs to all Texans. State legislators should keep this in mind when considering a proposal to further fund a reimagining of the historic site. Together, the state-owned Alamo grounds and the adjoining city-owned plaza are sorely in need of this kind of attention…. Read more >

Creating a new vision for sacred ground

San Antonio Express-News - By Roberto Treviño and Sheryl Sculley

Mission San Antonio de Valero was constructed in 1718 along the banks of San Pedro Creek and moved to its current complex on the San Antonio River in 1724 where it later became known as the Alamo. Although its history spans nearly 300 years, the Alamo stands today as a symbol of the universal struggle… Read more >

City moves closer to revamping Alamo Plaza

KENS - By Justin Bourke

SAN ANTONIO — Big changes are underway for the Shrine of Texas Liberty. On Thursday, the Texas General Land Office asked the state for $75 million to revamp the area around the Alamo. The money, if approved, will be spent as part of a master plan to move the flashy businesses across the street from… Read more >

George P. Bush makes pitch to increase funding for Alamo restoration project in San Antonio

San Antonio Express-News - By Peggy Fikac

AUSTIN – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush got some positive feedback from Senate budget-writers Thursday when he made his pitch for tens of millions of additional state dollars for the Alamo project. The Senate Finance Committee’s starting-point budget doesn’t come close to the $75 million in state general-revenue dollars that Bush is requesting for… Read more >

History Shop Makes Way for Alamo Plaza Redevelopment

The Rivard Report - By Daniel Kleifgen

Known for selling antebellum weapons and restoring centuries-old documents, an iconic part of the Alamo’s historic preservation has officially become a piece of history itself. The History Shop – beloved by tourists the world over for its Alamo diorama and glass-cased archaeological dig – turned its keys over to the State Wednesday to clear the path for the Alamo Plaza’s $200-300 million redevelopment project…. Read more >

Business leaders, others weigh new multimillion-dollar Alamo area proposal

Business leaders, conservationists and tourists say they could get behind a different, revitalized Alamo experience, if it’s done right. Davis Phillips is one such cautious optimist. “It can be a game changer for San Antonio,” said Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Entertainment, which owns and operates businesses across the street from the Alamo. “But… Read more >

Alamo museum, plaza overhaul envisioned

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

The Alamo of the future may have a 120,000-square-foot visitor center and museum overlooking an open plaza with interpretation and displays of historic wall footings, battle trenches and water channels — free of downtown traffic and noise that for decades have detracted from the site. Those are key concepts, along with an easier, well directed… Read more >

‘Dramatic’ Changes Proposed for Alamo Plaza

The Rivard Report - By Rocío Guenther

Sweeping changes for Alamo Plaza were presented to City Council on Wednesday, including permanently closing a portion of Alamo Street, replacing the entertainment businesses across the plaza with a 120,000 sq. ft. high-tech museum, moving the 1930s Alamo Cenotaph, creating a single entrance, and enhancing two public green spaces to strengthen the site’s physical connection with its past and San Antonio’s future…. Read more >