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March 2, 2016
Granbury students learned about state history during Texas Independence Day on March 2, 2016.
Retired educator Nancy Alana, who also serves on the Granbury ISD school board, spoke to students at Nettie Baccus Elementary School about her book Texas: Cowboys & Campfires.
Set in Hood County, the book is historical fiction about three boys who spend time during the summer on the Double A Ranch. The cowboys on the ranch include the boys in their work, at their meals in the bunkhouse, and around the evening campfires where they tell stories about Texas history. The boys learn about David and Elizabeth Crockett, Lizzie Johnson, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Jesse Chisholm, John Simpson Chisum, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston. They also learn about the historic Granbury Square, the King Ranch, the Dust Bowl, and more.
At Granbury Middle School, seventh grade history classes reenacted the Battle of San Jacinto.  After hearing a summary of the Texas Revolution as well as the battle strategy, the students divided up in a mock portrayal of the 18-minute fight on the school tennis courts. Pictured above are the mock Texas infantrymen advancing on the battlefield and holding their weapons (with dodgeballs serving as replacements for the reenactment).
Texas won her independence in 1836 after the defeat of the Mexican army by General Sam Houston at San Jacinto and the subsequent capture of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The victory led to the creation of a republic, which lasted for nine years until Texas was admitted to the United States of America in 1845.

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