students learned about state history during Texas Independence Day on March 2,
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.
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.
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).
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.