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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

The Alamo and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
801 E César E. Chávez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Alamo is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, a pivotal event of the Texas Revolution in which American folk heroes James Bowie and Davy Crockett were killed. Today, it is a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District and a part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) is a museum and library located in the Texas Pavilion at Hemisfair Park in Downtown San Antonio. The building that houses the institute is a striking example of Brutalist architecture. The Institute of Texan Cultures, through its research, collections, exhibits, and programs, serves as the forum for the understanding and appreciation of Texas and Texans. The 182,000-square-foot complex has 65,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and displays. The library on the third floor contains manuscripts, rare books, personal papers, over 3 million historical photos, and over 700 oral histories.


Our 3rd graders will delve into Texas history at the Institute of Texan Culture, exploring exhibits that showcase the rich cultural tapestry of the state. A visit to The Alamo will further deepen their understanding, fostering a scholarly appreciation for the historical events that shaped Texas.


Exploring the exhibits and historical sites, our 3rd graders will have opportunities to develop leadership skills by participating in guided tours, engaging in discussions, and taking on roles that encourage teamwork and a sense of responsibility for preserving historical legacies.


As our 3rd graders learn about the struggles and triumphs of Texas history, they will gain insights into the integrity of the individuals who played vital roles. Discussions about the significance of The Alamo will inspire a sense of respect and integrity towards the sacrifices made for Texas independence.


Visiting The Alamo and the Institute of Texan Culture will foster a sense of brotherhood among our 3rd graders as they collectively explore the shared history of Texas. Learning about the diverse cultures that contributed to the state’s identity will promote unity and understanding among classmates.

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