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Dallas Historical Society



Jim Bowie

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 Jim Bowie, defender of the Alamo in 1836. When the Texas Revolution started, Sam Houston, the Commander of the newly formed Texas Army, sent Bowie to San Antonio de Bexar, Bowie’s home, to destroy The Alamo. Houston didn’t want Mexican General Santa Anna to use it as a fort. Houston did tell Bowie that he could choose to defend The Alamo instead of destroying it, and that is the choice that Bowie made. Bowie was voted in as commander of the volunteer forces at The Alamo and shared command with William Barret Travis until old wounds caught up with Bowie and he turned over command of his volunteers to Travis. Bowie was a recognized leader of men who won more battles during the Texas Revolution than any other. The man and his knife became famous because of a fight on a sand bar. The man died at The Alamo ....the knife lives on.

Students Will

  • Meet Jim Bowie.
  • Learn about the Alamo.
  • Hear about William Travis and Santa Anna.
  • See and learn about the Bowie knife.
  • Experience Texas History through theater and first person interpretation.
  • Learn about the Texas Revolution.
  • Book: Jim Bowie: Frontier Legend, Alamo Hero (American Legends). By: J. R. Edmondson; ISBN-10: 0823957349

Details

Dates: Open
Times: Open
Duration: Approximately one hour (includes Q & A session)
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: A 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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