Phil Collins Visits the Texas State Library and Archives

Phil Collins Visits the Texas State Library and Archives

Well I started off when I was five years old
probably. Living in England to black and white
television set in the corner of the living room sparked into life and what business King the Wild Frontier was on and Fess
Parker he was probably near the end to the
series because I didn’t watch at all. I remember seeing this particular episode and in this particular episode he goes
to the Alamo and and goes down fighting and at that point something went off inside me and I really fell in love with the story and I used to play the Alamo with my
soldiers and and then when John Wayne’s film came
out I became a huge you know believer in that. I know the way it was treated was very
romanticized but it was a wonderful spectacle and and i’d really it was in the 1960s so I was nine and I’ve never stopped being interested in it and as as times gone on I’d
start collecting and I collected lots of Travis
letters but I mean I’ve never seen up close. I may have seen in the distant past in the distant ages in
Dallas the Travis Letter but never nevers so up
close as this. This is wonderful to see something you’ve heard
so much about and I’ve read pretty much every Alamo book there is where it’s obviously quoted and to see it up
close and personal is wonderful. [Question] Why is it important to protect documents like this? [Answer] Well it’s the history that you pass on to your children and I mean it’s it’s something that in today’s day and age especially you know with a, with everything is so transient and the internet it’s great
to have to remember where our past is. And the letters that you know weren’t tweeted weren’t texted they were hand-written in blood sometimes and and you know it was brave men so it’s just good for everybody
to remember that the youth to come and see it when it’s on
display. And I know when it was on display at the Alamo there were huge lines for it so everybody wants to see it and it’s good that someone is collecting it. View past exhibits, photo and document
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9 thoughts on “Phil Collins Visits the Texas State Library and Archives

  1. TSLAC was honored to host Grammy Award winning recording artist and Texas history buff, Phil Collins, for a private viewing of the William B. Travis "Victory or Death" Letter. Collins, an avid collector of Alamo memorabilia, also had the chance to view other treasured items in the TSLAC collection including the William Travis family Bible and correspondence sent by Travis prior to the drafting of his famed letter.

  2. He also won an Academy Award. Now, "You'll Be in My Heart" is no "Don't Lose My Number," but still—he got an Academy Award for it.

  3. My father, artist Peter Rogers, painted the mural in the background. Love you, Daddy!💙🙏💙

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