The Travis Letter

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The Exhibit

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A young visitor views a reproduction of the Travis Letter during early light tests
The Texas General Land Office, The Alamo and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission are proud to present the famous February 24, 1836 William B. Travis letter in the Alamo Shrine during the 177th Anniversary of the siege and battle, from February 23 to March 7, 2013.

To protect the fragile letter from any negative effects due to temperature, humidity or light, it will be enclosed in a mylar sleeve and mounted between dual sheets of 6mm high-quality, anti-reflective Optium plexiglass at the conservation laboratory of the Texas State Library in Austin. 

Display CaseThis enclosure is further protected by a specially designed display case, provided by Case[werks] of Baltimore, MD representing world renowned case manufacturer Glasbau REIER of Lauta, Germany. The case surrounds the enclosed letter in a dual-layer, UV-inhibiting, clear white laminated security glass vitrine on an archival base.  The base is pyramidal in shape with a weighted, steel-reinforced base to prevent toppling.

Prior to viewing the Travis Letter, visitors will have a unique opportunity to view a comprehensive exhibit on Travis and the Texas Revolution.  Historic documents from the Texas General Land Office and the Alamo will be on display within the Alamo church.

Visitors to the exhibit will also receive a full-size color reproduction of the Travis Letter.  Framed copies, along with commemorative books and clothing,  will be sold in the Alamo Gift Shop.

The Arrival Ceremony

  • Friday, February 22 at 4pm
  • Letter crate will be moved inside Alamo Church
  • Free to public
  • Limited seating available
  • Program will include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and a reading of Travis Letter by Sheriff William B. Travis, fifth-great-grandnephew

Exhibit Highlights

  • Travis' cat's-eye ring
  • His childhood poetry book
  • His bounty certificate
  • Personal letters
  • Muster Roll of the Alamo

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