Battle of San Jacinto Symposium

The annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium is the premier academic event for The San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy.  The objective of the Symposium is to provide a forum for promoting public awareness and scholarship relating to the Mexican colonial era in Texas (1821-1835), the Texas Revolution (1835-1836), the battle of San Jacinto (1836), and the Republic of Texas (1836-1845).  These pivotal years, the "creation story of modern Texas," mark the transition from Spanish and Mexican sovereignty to independent Texas and annexation to the United States. 

The Symposium is organized by an all-volunteer Symposium Committee and is supported by a modest admission charge, DVD sales, in-kind donations, and financial grants.  The Symposium also features exhibits, book sales, display booths, informative luncheon programs, and fellowship with Texas history buffs.  The Symposium is an all-day event held at the University of Houston Hilton Conference Center which offers overnight accommodations for out-of-town guests.  A Patron's Party the night before the Symposium offers guests the opportunity to visit with the speakers and Symposium organizers.

Our major funding partners are The Summerlee Foundation and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities

2013 marked the 13th annual Symposium.  Our first twelve Symposiums have featured outstanding American history scholars from Texas, California, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, as well as scholars from Scotland and Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.  For details on prior speakers and to order DVDs of prior Symposiums to help support this event, visit the San Jacinto Store.


2015  A Clash of Cultures - American Indians in Spanish, Mexican and Anglo Texas History.

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On-Line Registration will be here beginning January 22, 2015 - Click Here

The popular James E. Crisp and Frank de la Teja return as co-moderators of the 15th annual San Jacinto Symposium.  In fact, this will be Crisp’s 15th!  He was speaker at the first, spectator at the second, and moderator every since.  Similarly, De la Teja has been speaker and co-moderator twice.   A Rice graduate, Crisp is professor of history at North Carolina State University.   De la Teja, appointed the first ever state historian of Texas, is Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies and director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University. 







2014 “The Tejano Side of the Texas Revolution - from the Siege of Bejar through the Battle of San Jacinto


The 2014 San Jacinto Symposium looked at the Texas Revolution through the eyes of native born Tejanos who fought for independence from Mexico alongside “newcomers” from the U.S. and Europe.  Six Texas history scholars tackle what has evolved into a somewhat off-kiilter memory of the Revolution – that is ws Anglos against Mexicans.  Actually, more than 100 Tejanos fought with the Texas Army, Tejanos who are often wrongly considered Mexican rather than Texan.  In fact, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence actually born in the state were two Tejanos from San Antonio – José Antonio Navarro and Francisco Ruiz.



2013 “Wars, Treaties and Boundaries - A Look at the Shape of Texas”

A number of treaties and acts before and after the Battle of San Jacinto had a hand in drawing the boundaries of this uniquely shaped piece of real estate we call Texas.  Four eminent scholars will discuss these documents -- from the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 to the Compromise of 1850 -- at the 2013 San Jacinto Symposium. 

The day-long symposium was held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Hilton University of Houston Hotel & Conference Center.  The public is invited.  An admission charge helped cover the event’s costs, lunch, and covered parking.  

Gene Allen Smith, PhD, will discuss the Adams-Onis Treaty (1819) which, among other things, ceded Florida to the U.S., settled on the Sabine River as the eastern boundary of Texas, and firmly established the U.S. border through the Rocky Mountains and west to the Pacific Ocean. Smith is professor of history and director of the Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University.  He holds a joint appointment as curator of history at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


Jerry Thompson, PhD, will address the Rio Grande boundary that was claimed by the Texas Republic and established by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at the end of the Mexican American War.  Thompson is regents professor of history at Texas A&M International University in Laredo and recipient of the A&M System’s 2010 Chancellor’s Teaching Award.  He is past president of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), has written more than 20 books, and has won numerous accolades from historical societies in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.


Mark J. Stegmaier, PhD, will talk about the origins and consequences of the northwestern boundary of Texas as established by the so-called Compromise of 1850.  He is the author of Texas, New Mexico and the Compromise of 1850:  Boundary Dispute and Sectional Crisis, a book which was named by the TSHA as the most outstanding book of Texas history for 1996.  He is professor of history at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. 


Manuel  González Oropeza, PhD, will address the treaties of Velasco (1836) and  Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) from the Mexican perspective.  Dr. González Oropeza, professor and supervisor of the Graduate School of Law at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), has been a judge of the Supreme Court for Elections in Mexico since 2006.  He is a founder of the Researchers National System and a researcher at the Institute for Legal Research at UNAM.   IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIS PAPER ON THIS SUBJECT CLICK ON THIS SENTENCE.


James E. Crisp, PhD, professor of history at North Carolina State University, returns as moderator. 




2012 “Linking the Present to the Past:  Preserving a Great Texas Battlefield”

In 1998, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission adopted the goal of restoring San Jacinto Battleground to its 1836 appearance.  Why is that goal important and relevant?  What progress has been made?  Whis is it important to preserve historic battlegrounds such as San Jacinto?  What have archeologists dug up over the past 15 years?  What challenges do we face in preserving the site as an historic place?

The 12TH Annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium was held   Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Historic preservation at the Alamo and San Jacinto

Paul Andrew Hutton, PhD.  Dr. Hutton is professor of history at the University of New Mexico, former executive director of the Western History Association, and former president of the Western Writers of America. He is a prolific author of award-winning books and articles on texas and the American West.  He has written, appeared in, or narrated more than 150 television documentaries on CBS, NBC, PBS, Discovery, Disney Channel, TBS, TNN, A&E, and the History Channel.


Modern preservation principles for battlefields of national importance

Kristen L. McMasters, M.A.  Ms. McMasters is the archeologist and grants manager for the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program.  She manages the Civil War Land and Water Conservation Fund and assists organizations in preserving battlefield landscapes, view sheds, structures, historic interpretation, planning, historic studies, grants and compliance with all Federal mandates.

"Sacred Ground" - a history of San Jacinto Battleground

Jeffrey D. Dunn.  Mr. Dunn is an attorney, former chairman of the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and a director and vice president of the San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy.  He has published several articles on San Jacinto topics, including "Mapping San Jacinto Battleground, 1836-1855." Southwestern Historical Quarterly (April 2011); and "To the Devil with your Glorious History! Women at the Battle of San Jacinto," to be published in Women of the Texas Revolution (University of North Texas Press, 2012).


James E. Crisp, Professor of History, North Carolina State University, returns to moderate the Symposium.  Dr. Crisp is author (along with Dan Kilgore) of How Did Davy Die? And Why Do We Care So Much?.  He also contributed the biography of José Antonio Navarro in Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas, edited by Jesús F. de la Teja.  Both were published by Texas A&M University Press in 2010.


2011 “The Legacy of San Jacinto”

Recognizing the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto 

The 11TH Annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium was held   Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Hilton University of Houston Hotel & Conference Center  4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77204





Four outstanding speakers at the 2011 San Jacinto Symposium will explore the legacy of the Battle of San Jacinto on the history of the United States, Mexico, Texas, and culture through art. 


The Battle and its Impact on the United States

 Daniel Walker Howe, Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, is Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California in Los Angeles.   


The Battle’s Impact on Mexico

Romeo Ricardo Flores Caballero, of Monterrey, Mexico, is a noted Mexican authority on the American-Mexican frontier, Director of the State Archives of Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico, a former member of the Mexican Congress, and former Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles. 

The Battle’s Impact on Texas

Ty Cashion, Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, is an award winning author, inductee of the Texas Institute of Letters, co-editor of The Human Tradition in Texas (2001).  His book-length study-in-progress, "Myth of Texceptionalism," deals with the question of Texan uniqueness. 


The Battle’s Cultural Legacy Through its Depiction in Art 

Sam DeShong Ratcliffe, of Dallas, is Head of the Bywaters Special Collections at the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University.  He is curator of art and teacher of history and literature of Texas and the American West. 

San Jacinto archeology, past, present, future

Douglas Mangum, M.A.  As a principal investigator, historian, and GIS manager at Moore Archeological Consulting in Houston, Mr. Mangum is the co-manager for all archeological investigations the firm conducts in and around San Jacinto Battleground.  He has developed the computer mapping database for these projects.