Museum aims to make Sam Houston national figure

The museum options the biggest single assortment of Sam Houston-related objects, together with his “leopard” vest.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — President. Governor. General. Congressman. Senator. Sam Houston held plenty of titles in his life.

“He was one of the most powerful senators in the United States Senate leading up to the Civil War,” stated Derrick Birdsall, director of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. “My mission in life is to take Sam Houston from being a state or regional figure and give him the national recognition that he deserves.” 

The museum serves an vital a part of that mission.

“We have 15 acres of property that used to belong to Sam and his family,” Birdsall stated. “There’s plenty to see here.”

The grounds embody a retailer, a lot of cabins, and even a working blacksmith store. 

“We also have a wonderful collection of homes that Houston lived in here in Huntsville,” Birdsall stated.

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Houston died in 1863. His loss of life and funeral occurred in what’s known as the Steamboat House. Another dwelling, the Woodland Home, continues to be situated on its unique website. Outside its two rooms, you’ll be able to learn actual letters written between Houston and his spouse. They are modified out occasionally, as are the vignettes inside, to deliver the letters to life. 

“To be able to give people a glimpse at their daily life, that’s how we interpret. We base everything we do on those documents we have,” Birdsall stated.

It’s free to discover the museum’s grounds, however if you would like a deeper historic dive, you will have to pay admission to go contained in the Rotunda, which was first in-built 1936.

“We have the largest single collection of Sam Houston-related items. You can see cool things like Houston’s vest,” Birdsall stated. “He would wear it in the Senate often and say, ‘I’m just like a leopard. I never change my spots.’”

The vest is definitely jaguar, a present from Houston’s Cherokee mates.

“Don’t let that ruin a good story,” Birdsall laughs.

The museum additionally highlights the Battle of San Jacinto.

“Because Sam Houston is one of the “fathers of Texas,” we have a lot of early Texas-related things as well,” Birdsall stated.

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He provides that he hopes this pioneer’s career will present a contemporary lesson in citizenship.

“If we can get people to look at the variety of things that Houston did over his career with a variety of people, maybe we can start those conversations ourselves,” Birdsall stated.

Technology has assisted within the museum’s aim of instructing extra individuals about Sam Houston. For instance, Birdsall not too long ago hosted a Zoom tour of the museum for a gaggle of children from a navy base in South Korea.

“To be able to spread the word of Houston around, that’s my mission in life right now,” he stated.

For extra details about the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, click here.

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