Washington on the Brazos Redevelopment

Washington on the Brazos served as the first and last capital of the Republic of Texas, hosting the 1836 convention that declared Texas independent, and the Republic government that nine years later approved annexation to the United States.  The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is in the midst of a significant redevelopment project to better interpret those significant events at the historic site.  Site Manager Jonathan Failor will provide an overview of the process of developing renovated facilities, new exhibits, and enhanced visitor experiences.  Expanded interpretation of the Washington Townsite forms an important component of the project.  Contracted Project Manager Michael Moore will share the evidence that has rediscovered the historic town and plans being implemented to tangibly interpret the events and people of the Townsite in the revolutionary and republic eras.  Moderator Richard McCaslin will comment on the new evidence and plans in the context of his 2016 TSHA publication Washington on the Brazos: Cradle of the Texas Republic.

When 10:30am Thursday, February 29, 2024

Session Chair Richard B. McCaslin, PhD, Texas State Historical Association

Commentator Richard B. McCaslin, PhD, Texas State

Presentations by Jonathan Failor, Site Manager, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, Texas Historical Commission; Michael Rugeley Moore, Moore Consulting & Contracting, Inc., Richmond, Texas