From the Inbox comes this email written by Karen Thompson, President General, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 2011-2013. It is with her express permission I’m reprinting her words in their entirety.
(photo credit: Alamo Cenotaph courtesy of SanAntonio.gov, Jerry Patterson courtesy of Texas Tribune)
It has been brought to my attention that comments have been made concerning former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, that he “kicked” the Daughters out of the Alamo. This is totally untrue.
Let’s set the record straight, Patterson worked “with” DRT to secure an amazing contract with the State for the Daughters to continue to operate the Alamo just as they had done for a century. In fact, DRT was doing exactly as they had been doing, only now we were being paid $10,000.00 a month to do so. For the first time, the executive director was a DRT member. The day the contract took effect, not one change was visible at the Shrine.
This would not have been possible without the cooperation of Commissioner Patterson, in fact in the two years I worked with him, he was unfailing in recognizing the dedication of the Daughters. I know he appreciated our work for all those years and often said the Alamo would not have been saved without the love and work of DRT.
Jerry Patterson and I signed the agreement and he said he hoped that the Daughters would continue to be at the Alamo forever.
My DRT successor said the Daughters did not belong at the Alamo and was glad the contract ended. We had not reached a contract about the Library when I left office May 18, 2013.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas does not have a better champion than Jerry Patterson. Even after I left office I continued to be the only Daughter on the important Alamo Endowment Foundation, which is the group that actually runs the Alamo. When George P. Bush took office he replaced me on the foundation and no DRT member had a voice.
For the sake of the Alamo, I hope and pray that Jerry Patterson once again becomes Land Commissioner.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Karen R. Thompson
DRT President General 2011-2013
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