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



2016  African-Americans in Texas History from Spanish-Colonial Times to Annexation. 

Africans have been present in Texas since Spanish campaigns as both slaves and freemen.  An increasing number came to Mexican Texas with Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" -- often as the property of cotton farmers, merchants and craftwmen, but free black families came as well.  Afro-Texans participated in the Revolution then helped build towns, ports and roads during the days of the Republic.

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 Registration on line will begin on January 1, 2016



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.