The Alamo has become more of an icon than an actual event in the minds of many Texans. However, as part of the “Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibits,” rare Alamo images and historical information regarding the battle have been featured in the library.
“For a lot of guys my age, who grew up in Texas, we feel like the Alamo is one of the greatest stories ever told — besides the birth of Christ,” Professor of history and political science, Dr. David Chrisman said. He enjoyed the exhibit because it was “as much about the portrayal of the event as it (was) about the historical facts of the battle.”
Changing Perceptions of a Texas Experience was the title of the exhibit, which was created by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “There’s a lot of misconceptions about the Alamo,” said Anne Price, head of public services. “The images (were) here to provide accurate information about what happened and how people believe it to have happened.”
It gives students the opportunity to gain the knowledge they would learn at a museum by visiting their university library.
“The exhibit helped me realize that the battle still holds relevance to our culture, and that more than anything — it’s a symbol of courage,” library student worker junior Sarah Parry said.
The Alamo exhibit has already been removed to make way for the October display, that arrives just in time for elections, called Campaigns, Elections, and Presidents.
Price said “Our goal here at the library is to provide added interest and our exhibits and forums and art galleries (are) how we do that.”