Core Principles:

  1. Restore the Church and Long Barrack
  2. Delineate the historic footprint of the Alamo
  3. Recapture the historic mission footprint to create a sense of reverence and respect where the defenders died.
  4. Create the Alamo museum and visitor center.

Restoring and Preserving the Shrine of Texas Liberty

On March 6, 1836, 189 Texians and Tejanos gave their lives at the Alamo for Texas liberty. In 2011, the Texas Legislature tasked the General Land Office with management and maintenance of the Alamo and today, remains under the custodianship of Commissioner George P. Bush. In January of 2019, the Alamo plaza was finally reunified, and efforts began to reclaim the historic 1836 Battlefield. The story of the Alamo is world renowned and represents the core of Texas’ identity today. The ongoing effort to restore dignity and reverence to the Alamo is underway.

  • Restoration of the 1836 mission footprint so visitors can learn about history the way it happened, where it happened.
  • Removal of 21st century distractions from the historic mission footprint to pay respect to all those who lived, fought and died at the Alamo.
  • Construction of a world-class museum and visitor center to honor the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

The effort to preserve and restore the Alamo battlefield began in 2015 and has undergone intense debate and discussion. After much hard work, we are now beginning the process of preserving and protecting not only the Alamo, but the story of the 1836 battle.

History tells us that there were large stone walls that surrounded the Alamo battlefield, creating a frontier fortress. There were acequias to bring in water, a southern gate, lodgings for soldiers and a headquarters where Col. William Barrett Travis wrote his famous letter calling for reinforcements. But today, the Alamo Church and Long Barrack are the only two buildings that remain from the battle in 1836. The rest has been lost to history, lost to the growth of San Antonio or simply lost all together.

Today, these priceless historic buildings are crumbling before our very eyes. As large vehicles drive past the Alamo Complex, the vibrations shake the church, causing small flakes of limestone to fall from the walls, accelerating the deterioration of the historic building. The preservation and restoration of these buildings is our top priority. This is why we have brought in a world class team to preserve and restore the two remaining buildings before they are lost completely.

In addition to reinforcing the Alamo, we must also recapture its battlefield. The Alamo sits at the heart of the City of San Antonio. As this small town grew into a thriving city around the Alamo, portions of the historic 1836 Battlefield gave way to concrete and skyscrapers. Today, we seek to reclaim the battlefield, and to restore dignity and reverence to the sacred ground where the Alamo Defenders shed blood. Protecting the Alamo and its story must remain our top priority. In the Summer of 2014, British rock star Phil Collins donated his priceless collection of Alamo and Texana artifacts to the General Land Office. The collection includes hundreds of items that Collins found over several decades, including artifacts, weapons, relics and even original documents. As part of the restoration of the Alamo, work has begun to create a museum for these artifacts allowing us to tell the Alamo’s whole story, bigger and better than ever before.

There is no other site in Texas history more iconic than the Alamo. It is the shrine of Texas Liberty and lives on in the hearts and minds of our people. The mission to preserve and restore the Alamo treats it as such.

Today, we seek to reclaim the battlefield, and to restore dignity and reverence to the sacred ground where Alamo Defenders shed blood.