San Jacinto Family Day: Texas Revolution Paper Dolls

Jul 1 2023 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

San Jacinto Museum

graphic for July San Jacinto Family Day with a picture of two paper dolls decorated to look like people on the Texas frontier. Text reads: Texas Revolution Paper Dolls

Noah Smithwick described the Texas Army that marched on Bexar in 1835 by saying, “Words are inadequate to convey an impression of the appearance of the first Texas army as it formed in marching order. Nothing short of ocular demonstration could do it justice. It certainly bore little resemblance to the army of my childhood dreams.”

While Smithwick wasn’t with the army at San Jacinto (his company arrived after the battle), his description was still accurate.

Lacking an official uniform, Texian soldiers’ attire ranged from buckskins and coonskin caps to ready-made clothes for wealthy planters.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the battlefield, the Mexican army’s outfits were also in disarray. While the Mexican army had formal uniforms, supply shortages meant that soldiers wore whatever was available, regardless of whether it matched the rest of their unit.

Learn more about the clothes worn by the soldiers fighting in the Texas Revolution and the civilians fleeing in the Runaway Scrape and make your own Texas Revolution paper doll.

When: Saturday, July 1; drop in between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: San Jacinto Museum

Age Range: Kids 5+; younger children are welcome, but will need to have an adult to help.

Cost: Free

Note: The San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site are excited to announce the San Jacinto Family Day program. Every first Saturday of the month, we are offering a hands-on, interactive program from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. designed to be enjoyed as a family. Additionally, child entry is FREE all day with the purchase of an adult ticket, so bring the kids or grandkids and experience Texas history as a family! While groups are welcome to participate in the Family Day activity, free child admission only applies to families. Learn more about upcoming Family Day programs here.

For more information, email or call 281-479-2431.

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