GOLIAD!" "Remember the Alamo!" Those
shouts were heard as the Texan troops attacked Santa
Anna's army at the battle of San Jacinto. Have you
remembered Goliad lately?
If you value the preservation of our Texas history
and want to see more people educated about Presidio
La Bahia's place in our history, we need your help.
Presidio La Bahia, a colonial Spanish fort that was
established in 1721 and relocated to Goliad in 1749,
stands as it did in 1836, due to the generosity of
Kathryn Stoner O'Connor, who restored the fort during
first offensive action against a Mexican military
installation in the Texas Revolution took place here
9, 1835. The first Texas declaration of independence from
Mexico was signed in the chapel onDecember 29, 1835; and
the darkest day in Texas history took place here on Palm
Sunday, March 27, 1836, when Colonel Fannin and 341 of his
men were executed on orders from Santa Anna.
year attendance grows. Currently over 33,000 people visit
Presidio La Bahia, with over 7,000 of them being students.
Each group who visits Presidio La Bahia, including the school
groups, is given a twenty-minute lecture about the history
of the fort in the 223 year old Our Lady of Loreto Chapel.
continue to need your help. Our total means of support
is admission fees, donations, and profits from the items
that we sell. None of your tax dollars are spent at Presidio
La Bahia. Each year, a group of Texas history guardians,
known as "Friends Of The Fort", make tax-deductible
contributions to Presidio La Bahia. Those donations are
used to underwrite the cost of the living history programs
that are offered throughout the year and to purchase items
Past contributions to Friends of the Fort helped make
possible funding for the award winning video PRESIDIO
LA BAHIA AND ITS PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF TEXAS. The video
was first place winner in the Sons of the Republic of
Texas 34th annual Presidio La Bahia awards competition
-- the only video to ever win the award, and a gold citation
winner -- the highest award given in the Texas Association
of Museums Mitchell A. Wilder competition.
Our major living history program is the Goliad Massacre-Fort
Defiance Living History Program. Typically, over 4,500
people attend this event.
We need your renewal, or new memebership in "Friends
of the Fort". Our party will accommodate a limited
number of people, therefore only Supporting, Caballero,
and Empressario members who join before March 15, will
be invited to "Libations" -
Goliad - prior to early admission to the Candlelight
tour during our March Living History Program.
All members who join before March 10 will be our guests to the
private cocktail party
and annual barbecue to be held before the Candlelight tour.
Please send in your membership application as soon as possible,
so that we may count you as we make preparations.
Click on the below Friends Of The Fort Application button to join.
The application will show you the advantages of being a memeber
-- the greatest of all is joining with others in educating more
people about the rich Texas heritage in Goliad and at Presidio
La Bahia. Our video a prime example of your continued support
and we thank you.
Of The Fort | P.O. Box 57 | Goliad, Texas 77963 | US Hwy 183 (77A)
Telephone: (361) 645-3752
Copyright: 2002 - Friends Of The Fort