Multiple groups to take part in March 2nd celebrations.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the City of Huntsville’s Tourism and Cultural Services Department/Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center are pleased to be taking part in the 34th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration, to be held March 2.
A day of special events will begin at 9 a.m., with a coffee and reception at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, at 1228 Eleventh Street. The public is welcome to stop by until 10:15 a.m., before proceeding to the Gravesite Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery (at General Sam Houston’s gravesite), on Sam Houston Memorial Drive (9th Street and Avenue I).
The featured speaker there will be Dr. Alan Lefever, an expert in Texas Baptist history from Baylor University. (In the event of rain, proceedings will be held in the Mance Park Junior High School Auditorium.) The Baptized Texan Ceremony will also be conducted.
Reservations are being accepted through February 25 for a buffet luncheon to be held at 12:30 p.m. at the W. S. Gibbs Conference Hall in the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center at 1402 19th Street (reservations and payment required by February 25, through the Historical Commission).
The annual Toast to Texas and birthday cake for General Sam Houston will be even more special this year, as the dedication of the amphitheater in honor of former city manager Gene Pipes will be conducted in concert with these events, at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center (7600 Highway 75 South) at 2 p.m.
“We are excited to dedicate the amphitheater to honor Gene Pipes. His hard work and dedication to the project will be remembered on March 2,” noted Tourism and Cultural Services Director Kimm Thomas.
The Registration Form for events is available online.
Contact the City of Huntsville Tourism and Cultural Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-291-5932 for schedule and more information. All events are open to the public, with reservations and payment required by February 25 for the luncheon and Baptized Texan Ceremony to the Walker County Historical Commission, at 936-435-2497.