The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are giving Alamo Hall a much needed makeover!
Members of the DRT have come from around the state to participate in the painting and updating of this historic meeting hall. Pamela Konopka of Bertram is overseeing the project.
Alamo Committee member Melba Stout has met with suppliers for estimates on cabinets, tile, carpet, appliances, and counter tops; as well as arranged for the food prepared for volunteer workers.
The old firehouse turned meeting hall came into existence through the generosity of the City of San Antonio remembering a promise made by Mayor John Tobin “that the city would be in accord with the Daughters’ work on the Alamo grounds”. On November 4, 1937, the city deeded to the State of Texas the site and building of fire station #2, which then became part of the Alamo Complex and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. At that time the old building was to serve as the headquarters of Alamo Mission Chapter where they could hold their meetings and events.
Alamo Hall now serves as a meeting and conference hall. Events held there include the DRT History Forum, teacher in-services, summer camp, military staff ride briefings, just to name a few. The constant use over the years has taken their toll on buildings décor, prompting the DRT to address the situation and give the hall an improved look.
Local businesses are also assisting with the effort to renew Alamo Hall. Sherwin-
Williams Corporate of San Antonio has donated the paint and supplies being used on the historic building. In addition, District Attorney Susan Reed has arranged for workers to perform their community service hours by helping. On Friday, District Attorney Susan Reed will come to Alamo Hall to personally assist in the painting.
Work on the project will continue throughout next week. For information on how you
can become a part of this project by participating or donating goods, call: Debbie Rittimann at The Alamo 1-210-225-1391 Ext 26 or, if you wish to make a financial contribution, make checks to Alamo Hall Refurbishing Fund and send to: The Alamo, PO Box 2599, San Antonio,Texas78299, Attn: Margie Purcell.
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Lou Bailey, Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, sent us this adorable photo of her rat terrier, Roo...complete with reading glasses! http://www.sstx.org
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