TPWD News Release — Nov. 21, 2013
The new website features more than 3,000 images of the museum’s artifact collections; maps of the battlefields; the challenging construction of the San Jacinto Monument in the early 1930s; searchable databases; and videos of Battle of San Jacinto reenactments and other attractions. The Houston firm BrandExtract, LLC created the website.
"The new site provides a very immersive experience and unprecedented access to the collections of both the museum and the library,” says BrandExtract vice president Malcolm Wolter, who oversaw the website overhaul. “There’s new video content that we created with the help of Houston Arts & Media; tons of pictures all over the site; and an interactive map that compares the current landscape to the 1836 site, as described in contemporaneous accounts.”
The new website represents another major educational outreach of the San Jacinto Museum Association. In January, the organization’s in-depth ‘Curriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History’ and an online Image Gallery of photos, documents, newspaper articles, artifacts and document transcriptions were released to the public. Now, just 10 months later, the new site becomes another important channel to bring Texas history to life.
The San Jacinto Museum of History is located inside the San Jacinto Battlegrounds State Historic Site in Laporte and is operated by the non-profit San Jacinto Museum of History in association with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The association owns the artifacts and documents inside the monument and staffs the elevator ride to the observation floor, movie, library and exhibition spaces. TPWD operates and maintains the 1,200-acre historic site, which includes the San Jacinto battleground, monument and Battleship TEXAS. The battlefield and the Battleship TEXAS are both National Historic Landmarks; the monument is a National Civic Engineering Landmark.