This exhibition celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Inc., in 2000.

By Carol Roark, Former Special Collections Manager, Dallas Public Library

Texas history has woven into it a great deal of myth loosely based on fact. Love for that myth and its cultural trappings is firmly rooted in most native Texans and in the hearts of many transplants. So strong is the aura of Texas that visitors from other states and nations recognize (and often seek out) the "Texas bravura" regardless of whether they understand or appreciate it.

Through the years, the story of Texas and its path to independence has been a major component of the mythic story of the state. Indeed, it has grown in its retelling. In some circles how Davy Crockett died is a matter of supreme importance and an issue that brings raised voices and heated words.

For every champion of a particular point of view, however, there is someone-or several someones-whose study, values, and experience lead them to a different conclusion. So it is with the story of Texas's independence from Mexico. While lines may or may not have been drawn in the sand at the Alamo, the story of the events that led to the declaration of independence and the battles to secure freedom from Mexico is more complex than the emotionally charged myth filled with heroes and villains, right and wrong.

This special online exhibit has been made possible by and is in celebration of 50 years of support by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Inc. To learn more about the mission of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Inc, and for information about joining, visit their website.