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Dallas Historical Society



Susanna Dickinson: Survivor of the Alamo

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
Formats
Field Trip, On Campus Program
Grades
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted
Standards

Description

This is a first person interpretation/performance of the life and experiences of Susanna Dickinson, survivor of the Alamo and the Runaway Scrape. Susanna Dickinson was young when her husband joined in the defense of The Alamo. She and her 18-month old daughter were inside the walls during the siege and the final assault by General Santa Anna's Mexican Army. Susanna and her daughter were two of the nine survivors at The Alamo. General Santa Anna made her “The Messenger of The Alamo” by sending her and her daughter to Sam Houston in Gonzales with the message saying, “If you don’t lay down your arms and surrender, I will do the same thing to you that I did to the men at The Alamo.” Susanna and her daughter returned to their house in Gonzales only to have it burned to the ground by the Texan Army, and then she and her daughter ran for their lives in the Runaway Scrape. Susanna and her daughter returned to Texas after Texas won its independence.

Students Will

  • Learn about Texas History.
  • Learn about the struggle for Texas independence from Mexico.
  • Learn about the Alamo.
  • Learn about an important female in Texas History.
  • Book: Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story; By: John Jakes and Paul Bacon; ISBN-10: 0152005951
  • Learn about Susanna Dickinson.

Details

Dates: Open
Times: Open
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (“Question and Answer” session is optional)
School Fee: $250 First Performance; $75 (each) 2nd and 3rd Performance (same character). Max three in one day.
Minimum Attendance: 1
Maximum Attendance: 150
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: Microphone may be required for groups over 50
Other Information: For a discount, you can book up to three performances of the same character in one day.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Call (214) 421-4500 x104 or email DHS Booking at Booking@dallashistory.org.
Deadline: Two weeks in advance. However, sometimes last minute requests can be accommodated.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for absent students. Any field trip, excluding the Chuckwagon, may be cancelled with full refund up to 48 hours before the scheduled program(s) and/or special event(s). Because of the popularity of the Chuckwagon field trip program, cancellation must be made within eight weeks of the program date in order to receive a full refund. Any field trip cancelled with less than 48 hours notice of the scheduled program(s) and/or special event(s) – including failure to cancel – will not be refunded. All program(s) and special event(s) will begin promptly at the time scheduled. The Dallas Historical Society is not responsible for groups who arrive late. No program delay or refund will be issued for tardiness. All outreach programs or performances will begin at the time scheduled and will last 45 minutes to an hour. Please have all participating students seated and ready to go by outreach program or performance start time. Failure to do so may result in an abbreviated program or performance. All programs and special events cancelled by the school or as a result of a district-wide closing and/or adverse weather will not be refunded. Affected programs and special events will either be rescheduled or may receive credit toward future programming. All programs and special events cancelled by the Dallas Historical Society for adverse weather or other conditions beyond our control will be refunded or rescheduled.
After School Policy: All after school programs or performances will begin at the time scheduled and will last 45 minutes to an hour. Please have all participating students seated and ready to go by after school program or performance start time. Failure to do so may result in an abbreviated program or performance.

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