San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

New Museum to Host Friends of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Meeting

The new Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum opens Aprl 27. (Texas Historical Commission photo)

SAN FELIPE—The Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site will host their annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Museum, 220 2nd Street. The meeting is open to the public and those interested in learning about the Friends and their mission to support the historic site and its new museum operations. Following a brief welcome, program and business meeting, attendees will be able to […]

Texas Archeologists Hold Networking Event in San Felipe

TASN workshop attendees, left to right: Steve Salyer, Bob Ward, Sandy Rogers, Gary Ryman and Bob Crosser - photo courtesy Texas Historical Commission

By George Slaughter Like professionals in other fields, archeologists attend networking events to meet their peers and attend professional training sessions. Members of the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network (TASN) did those things near Katy earlier this month when almost 100 members visited the new San Felipe de Austin Museum. The Texas Historical Commission holds an annual meeting of these avocationals who serve as points of contact and provide evaluation on archeological issues that occur in […]

State Officials Share Alamo Renovation Plans with Katy-Area History Enthusiasts

By George Slaughter The Texas General Land Office in Austin is working with state and San Antonio city officials to renovate the Alamo Plaza, perhaps the most iconic tourist and historical site in the state. The Alamo is remembered for the battle fought there from February 23–March 6, 1836. At the battle, a Mexican Army force led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna launched an assault that killed all the Texas defenders. This massacre, along […]

New Museum in San Felipe Shares the Story of Early Texas

A statue depicting early Texas settlers stands in front of the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter At one time, before cities such as Austin, Dallas, or Houston even existed, San Felipe was the second-largest town in Texas, after San Antonio. The town itself, the site of which was just north of Interstate 10 between Brookshire and Sealy, was burned during the Texas Revolution of 1836 and never recovered. On Friday, a new, 10,000-square foot interpretative museum was dedicated at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site tells the […]

Volunteers Sought for New Museum at San Felipe de Austin

The new Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum opens Aprl 27. (Texas Historical Commission photo)

By George Slaughter SAN FELIPE—Volunteers are being sought for a new museum that’s both within easy driving distance from Katy and is at one of the state’s most significant historical sites. The new museum, at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site in San Felipe, opens on Friday, April 27. San Felipe de Austin was the headquarters town of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas. He ran his land office at the townsite, assisting […]

Capital Campaign Kick Off And Plans Announced For New Museum At San Felipe De Austin State Historic Site

Texas Historical Commission (THC) Executive Director Mark Wolfe, Friends of the THC Chairwoman Lareatha Clay, Texas House District 13 Representative Leighton Schubert, THC Commission Chairman John Nau, III, Texas District 18 Senator Lois Kolkhorst, long-time local supporter and former President of the Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site (SHS) Florence Sims, and current Friends of the San Felipe de Austin SHS Carolyn Bilski, surrounded by 4th grade students from Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, Richmond.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission (THC) property, held a ceremonial groundbreaking and capital campaign kick-off Thursday, October 20, by announcing plans for a new museum and visitor amenities at the site. “San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a colony founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, played a pivotal role in events leading up to the Texas Revolution. This dramatic story is not nearly as well known or understood as others […]