From western forts to Victorian mansions and pivotal battlegrounds, the Texas Historical Commission's 20 state historic sites exemplify a breadth of Texas history. Come explore the real stories at the real places.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Site Spotlight: Eisenhower Birthplace

For each issue of The Medallion, the Texas Historical Commission's bi-monthly magazine, I write an article highlighting one of the THC's historic sites and why its significant to Texas. The May/June issue featured Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, which includes the home where 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born. If you don't already receive The Medallion, then sign up online. It's free! Or you can download every issue from the THC web site.

Here's a snippet of this issue's article:
In 1959, Time magazine named U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower its Man of the Year. The title recognized a man who went from supreme commander of Allied troops on D-Day to a president that carried a message of peace and freedom, working tirelessly to combat communism. He is considered one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century.

Continue reading online on pg. 18.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Discover Eisenhower Birthplace

Located in the heart of Denison, Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site showcases the home where the 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the world in 1890. Bring a picnic and come spend the day getting to know "Ike."

Eisenhower Birthplace is located in Denison, approximately 75 miles north of Dallas. The site is part of the Texas Lakes Trail Region.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fulton Mansion Opens Special Exhibit

Hate dish pan hands? So did the Victorians! This is the premise around Fulton Mansion State Historic Site's newest exhibit, Creature Comforts: Innovations and Ingenuity in the Victorian Home. From early safety pins to the iconic Singer sewing machine, the exhibit showcases how the Victorians invented many of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. It is an exploration of the invention boom of the late 1800s, especially the creative and quirky inventions for the home. The exhibit will also include Fulton family patents on public display for the first time. The exhibit is included in the regular admission. For hours and admission, visit the site's web page.

Between 1871 and 1881 the first slaughterhouse in the U.S. was successfully operated in Fulton, TX largely due to George Fulton's innovations in the industry, as illustrated by this 1869 patent.

Before the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, patent medicines like McElree's Wine of Cardui offered consumers wide ranging cures from baldness to bad breath.

Vintage ad for Chiclets gum.

Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The historic site is located in the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Climb to Smell the Flowers at Fort Griffin

Now this is one tall plant! Fort Griffin State Historic Site's Century Plant (Agave Americana) is blooming - all the way to 18 feet. This native plant is known for its height and only occasional flowering. After the plant blooms, it dies, but new shoots sprout from its base continuing its growth. The plant has an average life span of 28 years. Pictured with Fort Griffin's blooming beauty is Eric Abercrombie, assistant site manager of the fort.

Fort Griffin is located 70 miles south of Abilene and located in the Texas Forts Trail Region.