Issue 10.1, February 1995

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Essay Excerpt

"The Alamo in San Antonio is the most visited site in the state of texas. As a place dedicated to the brave men who fought and died within its walls, this shrine remembers the "Battle of the Alamo" between "Texans" and "Mexicans" in 1836. However, unlike Gettysburg, the Alamo did not become a site of public culture soon after the battle. Instead, the physical structures of this former Spanish mission, already in ruins at the time of the battle, were used as a grain facility for the U.S. Quartermaster's Depot, a supply store, and a whiskey house, to name several of its functions after 1836. It was not until the late 1890s that two women, Adina De Zavala and Clare Driscoll, collaborated to preserve the Alamo and then disputed quite openly over their different visions of how to save it as a site of public culture."

From "Private Visions, Public Culture: The Making of the Alamo" by Richard Flores