THE MEXICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF TEXAS
TO OPEN EXHIBIT AT THE HALL OF STATE, FAIR PARK, DALLAS, TX
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Tejanas at the Alamo: Conduits of Remembrance
The Museum will provide a home celebrating the Mexican American experience unique to the various cultural regions of Texas.
DALLAS – (February 15, 2023) - The Mexican American Museum of Texas (TMAMT), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the first of its kind in the state dedicated solely to the Mexican American experience within nine unique cultural regions in the state. TMAMT’s exhibit, “Tejanas at the Alamo: Conduits of Remembrance,” will open on International Women’s Day, March 8, at the Hall of State, the crown jewel of Dallas’ Fair Park. This project is in collaboration with The Dallas Historical Society and is the first partnership between TMAMT and the Dallas Historical Society.
A historical maxim holds that historians often find what they are looking for by reading official accounts in new ways, especially when the sources are limited. In the case of the Alamo and the fight for Texas independence, firsthand accounts written by women are practically nonexistent, but the memory of their experience lives on through the stories told by their descendants. As part of the corrective action presented here, some of the essays in the exhibit were drafted by female descendants of the Alamo survivors. Rounding out the show are essays crafted by museum members using available sources. You can expect to come away from the exhibit knowing a little more about the Alamo and with a renewed sense of curiosity on Texas history. Without a doubt, there are plenty of stories still waiting to be heard and told.
“With the 2020 census reveal that the Texas population is nearly 40% Hispanic, of which 83% is Mexican American, the opportunity to forge this new museum is timely,” said TMAMT President Gus Hinojosa.
Options for a permanent museum location are being considered as programming is being developed. A future permanent collection, along with visiting collections from all regions of Texas, will serve as the foundation for vibrant and engaging cultural activities. TMAMT will have an ongoing partnership with statewide museums and cultural centers to create exhibits which showcase the rich and vibrant Mexican American heritage of Texas.
Eight members of various other Hispanic not-for-profit organizations, including the Dallas Mexican American Historical League (DMAHL), the Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research (Hogar de Dallas), Dallas Legacy Mission, Inc. (DLM) and The Last Patrol, joined forces with the vision of creating a space for telling our story in our own words with a view through our own prism.
Founding Members are: Gus N. Hinojosa, president; Juanita H. Nañez, vice-president; Linda Ramírez, secretary; Alex Martinez, treasurer; David Treviño, Robert Ramírez, Albert González and Ruben Arellano, PhD. These successful community leaders bring to the board a wealth of knowledge and experience from their designated professions, and they hail from cities across Texas, aligning with our focus to represent all regions of Texas.
Please visit www.tmamt.org for upcoming details.
Please visit: www.dallashistory.org
About TMAMT: The purpose of TMAMT is to provide, permanently and on a visiting basis, a venue for exhibiting and interpreting Mexican American history, culture and origins, from its earliest beginnings to the present. The TMAMT’s objective is to enrich current and future generations from a Mexican American perspective.
Faced with little documentation and scant research, this exhibit is an attempt to remember the Texas-Mexican (Tejana) women who were present at the Alamo and witnessed the battle firsthand.