Wish Sam Houston a happy birthday at his Huntsville party this March
Proud to be a Texan? Ready to celebrate it? Then head to Huntsville, only an hour north of Houston, on March 2 for a day-long bash honoring both Texas Independence Day and the birth of Sam Houston.
Put on by the Walker County Historical Commission, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the City of Huntsville Tourism Department, the event commemorates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, when we officially severed from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.
The same day 43 years earlier saw the birth of Sam Houston, a leader in the Texas Revolution who later served as president of the Republic of Texas, and who was instrumental in Texas’s becoming a U.S. state
Here's what's on tap for the day:
Raise a cup
It all starts with a coffee reception at the Walker County Museum: Gibbs-Powell House at 9:15 am.
General guests, along with members of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration of Sam Houston State University, then follow the university’s ROTC members in the traditional march to Sam Houston’s grave at Oakwood Cemetery from the Old Main Pit, located near Austin Hall on the campus grounds.
The gravesite ceremony will also include the SHSU ROTC Color Guard and Rifle Team, special musical selections and speakers, and the laying of wreaths by descendants of Sam Houston.
A true Texan
Also at the gravesite is the much-anticipated “Baptized a Texan” ceremony. Participants kneel in front of Sam Houston’s memorial and receive pond water across their forehead, plus receive a commemorative gift bag from the City of Huntsville Tourism Department. You're not official until you're official, y'all.
The day ends with a luncheon hosted by the Walker County Historical Commission, which includes a “Toast to Texas” and birthday cake sponsored by the City of Huntsville Tourism Department.
To receive a letter or email from about how to participate in these events, please contact the staff at the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center at 936-291-9726 or email@example.com.