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The Battle of the Alamo Exhibit - Creative Writing
Dear Mr. Smith,
I found Monday’s meeting to be very insightful. I especially took note of your interest in raising the museums’ visitor attendance this year. I think we could boost our visitor numbers by adding an exhibit to our new department.
I have been envisioning for some time now, an 1836 Battle of the Alamo exhibit. As you know, sir, many of the youth and adults today have “common misconceptions about the Battle of the Alamo” (The Alamo).
This exhibit will certainly clarify and properly inform our visitors about the Alamo and entertain them in the process. Moreover, I would like this exhibit to feature displays that will educate all ages.
Granted I receive the required funding, this exhibit will include works of art, an Alamo replica, weaponry, documents, and three interactive displays. Each of the displays described will further educate our visitors on “the most celebrated military engagement in Texas history” (Texas State Historical Association).
Our inquisitive visitors will be able to view this exhibit in the museum’s newly furnished 1800s Early U.S. Expansion section. I know the Early U.S. Expansion room is almost full. However, if we were to move the American West displays down to the next room there would be more than enough space for this Alamo exhibit.
On the left side of the wall, as our visitors leave the room, there will be numerous documents and letters on display. One such letter would be “William Barret Travis' letter from the Alamo requesting reinforcements” (Texas State Library and Archives Commission).
This letter would provide our visitors with background information of the tense environment during the battle. “Letters written by members of the garrison as well as accounts of the Alamo’s fall” would also be on display (The Alamo).
Such as, a letter “related to Susanna Dickinson which describes the Alamo's fall” and letters from William R. Carey’s and David Crockett, while they were at the Alamo, to their family members (The Alamo).
In the center of the room, I would like to display a miniature replica of the Alamo battle complete with tiny Texian and Mexican soldiers encased in glass. Visitors of all ages will enjoy viewing this display.
On the back wall, I would like to have the 1830s weaponry used at the Battle of the Alamo. Muskets, knifes, and ammunition will be kept in glass cases, so the items will be protected as visitors walk about the room and examine the displays.
Mounted on the wall above these weapons will be additional pictures of the soldiers in battle and the uniforms they wore. On the right on this weapons display, will be a black canon anchored in stone which will be behind a velvet rope line.
In addition, I would like one forty-inch interactive video screen to be positioned on each of the three walls. This interactive portion of the Alamo exhibit will feature several videos available for selection by the visitor via a touch screen.
Preferably, there will be short one or two minute videos showing the stories of the key men who fought in the Battle of the Alamo, such as “Jim Bowie, David Crockett, William Barret Travis, D. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna,” and others (Texas State Historical Association).
Also, a video reenactment of the battle and a visual tour through the Alamo’s building would benefit our visitors greatly. This interactive display will be especially geared toward our younger visitors. Along with their parents, these younger visitors will be able to engage in a unique hands on educational experience that upon leaving the exhibit they will soon not forget.
With your approval for funding of this new exhibit, sir, I am certain our visitors will leave this museum well informed about one of Texas states most memorable battles. I hope you will consider adding this Battle of the Alamo exhibit to our new department of the San Antonio museum. I await your response.
San Antonio Museum Curator,
References and Further Reading
- Handbook of Texas Online. 08 Jan. 2008. Texas State Historical Association. 02 Apr. 2009 http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/qea2.html
- Texas Treasures. 06 Mar. 2009. Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 02 Apr. 2009 http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/treasures/republic/alamo-01.html
- The Alamo. 07 Dec. 2007. The Alamo - San Antonio, TX. 02 Apr. 2009 http://www.thealamo.org/history.html