Booted from the Alamo, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas kept treasured library

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San Antonio celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. The history of the city —and of Texas — comes to life in the artwork, manuscripts and maps of a library that has recently found a new home.

BY ALEX ARRIAGA Jan. 1, 2018, The Texas Tribune texastribune.org

SAN ANTONIO — When the state fired the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as caretakers of the Alamo in 2015, the women's group fought — and won — the right to keep a piece of the shrine that they considered sacred: an archive collection of 38,000 photographs, artworks, maps and manuscripts prized by Texas historians.

Now, after keeping the archives in storage for a year, the Daughters have settled their library into a new home just as San Antonio prepares to highlight the city's history for its 300th anniversary in 2018. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library — which now lives at the Presidio Gallery in the Bexar County Archives Building downtown — includes everything from a map of the Austin colony handdrawn by Stephen F. Austin to family documents and architectural blueprints about San Antonio's people and buildings

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