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Today is the BIG DAY!

Join us in Sisterdale for the Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration!

The Event Schedule is filled with many fun activities for the whole family.

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The Celebration begins at 10 AM this morning and ends at 5 PM this evening.

Don't miss out on this incredible chapter of history that happened in the Hill Country!

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Thank you to our Event Sponsors! Your generosity and dedication to The Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration is greatly appreciated!

The Event Sched...ule is filled with many activities for the whole family!

June 8, 2014 will be here SOON and we hope you make plans to attend the Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration.

Activities begin at 10am and end at 5pm.

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Thank you to our Event Sponsors! Your generosity and dedication to The Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration is greatly appreciated!

The Event Schedule is filled with many activities for the whole family!

June 8, 2014 will be here SOON and we hope you make plans to attend the Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration.

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Activities begin at 10am and end at 5pm.

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“Courage, Colts & Comanches” by Bill Scheidt

We have 9 remaining limited edition prints for sale at The Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration June 8, 2014.

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A little history for your Sunday afternoon reading pleasure!

June 8, 2014 will be here SOON and we hope you make plans to attend the Battle of Walker's Creek Anniversary Celebration.

Activities begin at 10am and end at 5pm.

A pivotal historic event happened about 40 miles north of San Antonio, and odds are you’ve never heard of it. It’s called the Battle of Walker’s Creek.
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Battle of Walkers Creek – 170th Anniversary
Kendall County Historical Commission

Sisterdale Dancehall & Opera House - Sisterdale TX
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 10-5pm

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Event Schedule at a Glance

10:00 am Black Powder Revolver & Rifle Kick-Off
Silent Auction Opens
Coffee & Sweets Available
10:30 am Glenn Hadeler – The Battle of Walker’s Creek,
The Men and Their Weapons of Choice
11:00 am Lynn Stokes/Barry Whitfill – Cowboy Poet/Cowboy
Musician
Vittles & Sweets Available
12:00 pm Joe Davis – Texas Rangers Heritage Center
1:00 pm Frank Graves - Early Colt Revolvers & Colt
2:00 pm Mike Cox - Early Rangers, Hays and Battle of Walker’Creek
2:30 pm Silent Auction Closes
2:50 pm Raffle Drawing
3:00 pm S.W. Gwynne - Significance and Historical Context of the
Battle of Walker’s Creek
4:00 pm Silent Auction Checkout
5:00 pm Event Concludes

Event Activities at a Glance

Jr. Texas Ranger Program 10-4pm
Books Sales/Signings 10-5pm
Historical Exhibits 10-5pm
Assorted Vendors 10-5pm
Silent Auction 10-2:30pm (4pm checkout)
Lunch 11-2 (or until food runs out)
Beer & Wine 12-5pm
Music and Texas Ranger re-enactors throughout the day
Tea, Water and Sweets available

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Enjoy a quick video about the history and upcoming anniversary celebration of The Battle of Walker's Creek.

Come and celebrate The Battle of Walker's Creek at The Sisterdale Dance Hall on June 8th.

Be sure to bring the whole family for this historical anniversary celebration.

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Come and celebrate The Battle of Walker's Creek at The Sisterdale Dance Hall on June 8th. Be sure to bring the whole family for this historical anniversary celebration.

Kendall County Historical Commission
Commemorates the Battle of Walker’s Creek
Speakers Set the Stage for that Day, 170 Years Ago on June 8, 2014

The Battle of Walker’s Creek has arrived.

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170 years ago, the lands of future Kendall County, including the upper reaches of its first settlement, Sisterdale, lay past the outer contours of civilization. It was here on June 8, 1844, that 16 Republic of Texas Rangers, outnumbered 4 to 1, engaged Comanche warriors in a skirmish called the Battle of Walker’s Creek.

On June 8th at the old Sisterdale Dancehall, the Kendall County Historical Commission (KCHC) has developed a full day dedicated to recapturing this Republic of Texas era event with food, silent auction, historical books and authors, General Land Office maps, a Junior Ranger program, weapons demonstrations and displays, Native American artifacts and much more…it is free and open to the public.

The historic Battle of Walker’s Creek will be brought into focus through a series of presentations by recognized authors and subject-matter experts, each with their own unique perspective regarding the influences, events, key participants, and significance of that day 170 years ago…the Battle of Walker’s Creek.

The Rangers carried Colt Paterson rifles and pistols, and Frank Graves, an expert on American percussion firearms, a member of the invitation-only, American Society of Arms Collectors, and a 50-year student of the earliest Colt revolvers will detail early Samuel Colt and the evolution of landmark Colt handguns and their use in early Texas.

Michael Cox, noted Texas Ranger researcher and author of The Texas Rangers - Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821 – 1900, will introduce us to the early Texas Rangers, including Major John Coffee Hays and explain the dynamics and logistics of that day.

Author S. C. Gwynne, whose Pulitzer-nominated book, Empire of the Summer Moon, has been described as a stunning historical account of the forty year struggle for control of the American West, will bring home the far-reaching significance and historical context of that day.

Free and open to the public, please join the KCHC on June 8th from 10:00 to 5:00 under the umbrella of trees at the iconic Sisterdale Dancehall.

Information Contact: Paul Barwick at 210-845-3693 or texasrailroads@yahoo.com

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KENDALL COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
CONTACT: Harry Dell
(830) 537-5325
mahdell@gvtc.com

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Samuel Colt’s Paterson Five-Shooter on Display

The first practical revolving-cylinder handgun will be on display at the 170th Commemoration of the Battle of Walker’s Creek. The Colt Paterson was invented in 1831 by Samuel Colt of Hartford, Connecticut, and patented on February 25, 1836, the year of the Texas Revolution. Texas became a proving ground and nearly the only market for Colt's revolutionary product. Colt provided the struggling republic and frontier state with the increased firepower necessary to defend and advance itself.

Colt revolvers were manufactured first in 1837 at Paterson, New Jersey, by the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company. Three principal variations of these five-shot Paterson Colt handguns were produced: the .28 caliber Pocket model, the .31 caliber Belt model, and the .36 caliber Holster model. The Republic of Texas ordered 180 of the .36 caliber Holster model revolvers for its navy in August 1839. Numbers of these rather delicate arms were issued to various Texas warships and served well in engagements against Mexico over the next four years.

Colt was so pleased by the Texas purchase and with the performance of his product that he engraved the scene of the victorious naval battle fought off Campeche on May 16, 1843, by the Texas Navy on the cylinders of the 1851 Navy, 1860 Army, and 1861 Navy model Colts (in all, nearly 500,000 revolvers).

The Kendall County Historic Commission (KCHC)will be displaying several versions of the Colt Paterson pistol at the free 170th Commemoration of the Battle of Walker’s Creek Sunday June 8, and Frank Graves (Boerne percussion firearms expert) will describe its evolution. In addition, KCHC will raffle an authentic replica of the .36 caliber Paterson “five-shooter,” an authentic replica of the later Colt Walker six-shooter, and a Bowie knife. Other speakers and a silent auction will also be held at the historic Sisterdale Dance hall. Food, drinks, prints of an original painting, and book-signing by several local authors will also be available.

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The Kendall County Historical Commission is pleased to announce the Presenting Sponsor for the Battle of Walker’s Creek event – Apache Rifle Works

Apache Rifle Works (ARW) is owned by Paul Duran (CEO) & Simon Duran (President). ARW will be building custom weapons and bringing a first class indoor shooting range to Kendall County along with excellent workmanship and a great attitude. The staff at APW will be dedicated to providing excellent customer service and sharing their ...passion and knowledge of firearms with all who visit their professional facility. ARW plans to open by the end of this year and is located along IH-10 between Boerne & Comfort, take the Waring exit and remain on the access road. Please stop by ARW when they open and thank them personally for having supported this community event. For further information check out the ARW Facebook page and website.

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Check out some of the very unique and one-of-a-kind items that will be available at the 170th Anniversary of the Battle of Walker’s Creek event on Sunday, June 8th from 10-5 at the Sisterdale Dancehall & Opera House in downtown Sisterdale!!

This event is free and open to the general public, please join us in making history.

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Take a couple minutes to see the fun and festivities we had at the Evening with the Texas Rangers event held October 18, 2013 to kick-off the preparation for the upcoming 170th Anniversary of the Battle of Walker’s Creek on June 8, 2014 in Sisterdale.

This sold out event was a tremendous success and allowed the Kendall County Historical Commission, our host Texas Treasurers Fine Arts and other event partners to highlight local fine art and Texas Ranger history while sharing great food, friendships, refreshments, and the opportunity to pick up some fine items in the silent auction benefitting an injured Texas Ranger.

Thanks again to our Cinco Peso Presenting Sponsor, the National Rifle Association and all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests who made this event a truly memorable and historic event for Kendall County.

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Boerne Spotlights is at Texas Treasures Fine Art.

"Evening with the Texas Rangers" What a great night thanks to the Kendall County Historical Commission, Texas Treasures Fine Art, City of Boerne, Texas - City Hall, Hill Country Council for the Arts, Boerne Moontime Rotary and more!

Kendall County Historical Commission
Commemorates the Battle of Walker’s Creek

Sisterdale is well known for its origins - a free-thinking Latin Colony that rose up along the Pinta Trail (Camino Pinta) at the crossing of the Guadalupe River. During the late 1840s, immigrating Germans settled into this naturally beautiful valley in the Texas Hill Country; the enclave consisted of a community of large farms that radiated out from the ancient trail on the Guadalupe River and al...ong the beautiful Sister Creeks. Socially and culturally enlightened it was hard to ignore these German immigrants’ unique beliefs, libraries and songfests. Sisterdale illuminated the wilderness that surrounded it.

Today we are left with the romance of their spirit, and the original beauty of the land. But what is not as well known about the region…three years prior to colonization, when the lands were unpopulated, an epic Native-American/Republic of Texas Ranger encounter, the Battle of Walker’s Creek played out in the wilds of the future Sisterdale settlement. ”What happened next - seventy-five Penateka Comanches on fifteen Rangers, arrows and lances against repeating pistols - sounds like pure bloody pandemonium” wrote Pulitzer-nominated S. C. Gwynne.

Sunday, June 8th is the 170th anniversary date of renowned Texas Ranger Jack Hays’ game-changing 1844 Battle of Walker’s Creek and the Kendall County Historical Commission (KCHC) is planning a special all-day gathering within miles of the site of the engagement that highlights this unique moment in time. KCHC’s commemoration of the Battle of Walker’s Creek will tie together the connections between a bankrupt inventor, the Republic of Texas Navy, Comanches, a contingent of outmanned Texas Rangers and a savvy Ranger leader with the heart of-a-lion.

At the iconic Sisterdale Dance Hall, national, regional and local authors and experts including Ranger chronicler Mike Cox, and Empire of the Summer Moon’ author, S. C. Gwynne, will come together to explain what made this Comanche engagement a watershed event by developing its backdrop, story and epilogue; detailing the far-reaching ramifications of this seminal Native-American/Ranger encounter, the Battle of Walker’s Creek.

Event Activities include:
Historically themed lunch and refreshments available, notable authors and presenters including S.C. Gwynne, and Mike Cox, local author and Texas Ranger book signings, authentic heroes: former Texas Rangers, silent auctions, weapons and historical exhibits, music and story-telling, children’s activities.

Proceeds to benefit:
Kendall County Historical Commission’s preservation activities, Kendall County Historic Jail improvements, Sisterdale Volunteer Fire Dept.

Save the date:
Sunday, June 8th and please join us at the Sisterdale Dance Hall.

For More Information: Paul Barwick at 210-845-3693 or texasrailroads@yahoo.com

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