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Monday, October 27th, 2014

San Antonio awaits arrival of Phil Collins’ Alamo collection

More than 200 artifacts tied to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo will return to San Antonio — some for the first time in 178 years — this week, courtesy of British rock star Phil Collins. It is a significant step in a planned transformation for the state's historical site.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Hays County Historical Commission wins state award for ‘concerted efforts to preserve’

The Hays County Historical Commission has again been honored with the Texas Historical Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for local groups that “demonstrate concerted efforts to preserve the history and character of Texas.”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Behold: The beautiful, heartbreaking ruins of Aquarena Springs

On the surface, the park's attractions seemed almost random. Where else could you visit a replica Spanish mission, cruise the skies in a European-style gondola, play tic-tac-toe with a chicken, watch a pig swim and gaze upon...

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Perry baptized anew in historic creek

As he ponders whether to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry has renewed his faith by getting baptized in the spring waters once used to wash the sins off Sam Houston, the first president of the...

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Early Texans settled their differences with duels

They fought to the death for family honor — or even just the best steaks

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Security tight for auction of Republic of Texas member’s property

At least a half-dozen armed federal officers stood guard this morning at a tax foreclosure auction on the San Marcos courthouse square of property belonging to a member of the Republic of Texas separatist group.