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Wise About Texas presents Texas history in an engaging, scholarly and interesting way. You'll learn more about the Texas history you know, and a lot of Texas history you don't know. Most importantly, you'll come to understand the spirit of Texas! So get Wise About Texas!

Wise About Texas Ken Wise

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Wise About Texas presents Texas history in an engaging, scholarly and interesting way. You'll learn more about the Texas history you know, and a lot of Texas history you don't know. Most importantly, you'll come to understand the spirit of Texas! So get Wise About Texas!

    EP. 88: Texas Pandemics

    EP. 88: Texas Pandemics

    The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has been a trying time for Texans.  But we've been through much worse.  The harsh climate, tropical ports, lack of medicine, etc. has resulted in Texans enduring several pandemics and epidemics through the years.  From yellow fever to cholera to smallpox, it seems as though we've seen it all.  Texas is sometimes a tough place to live, but Texans have always been tougher.  Hear some stories from prior pandemics in the latest episode of Wise About Texas.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 87- Texans You Should Know: Kenneth Threadgill

    Ep. 87- Texans You Should Know: Kenneth Threadgill

    Austin is famous for its music scene.  Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff and so many others helped Austin become weird.  But before any of them there was Kenneth Threadgill.  A preacher's son, Threadgill loved music.  He especially loved Jimmie Rogers and his yodel.  Threadgill opened a tavern that provided musicians a place to play, and college kids a place to listen.  Kenneth Threadgill and his hootenanies gave many Austin musicians their start, and launched one hippie girl to superstardom.  Hear about the earliest days of the Austin music scene and get to know one of its pioneers, Kenneth Threadgill. 

    • 20 min
    Ep. 86: Exploring the Texas Revolution- The San Jacinto Battleground

    Ep. 86: Exploring the Texas Revolution- The San Jacinto Battleground

    In April, 1836, two armies converged at Peggy McCormick's ranch on the banks of the San Jacinto River.  In just 18 minutes, the Texian Army routed Santa Anna and the portion of the Mexican Army he commanded.  Texas was free!  Almost immediately, the area was revered as hallowed ground in the history of Texas.  Visitors clamored to see the place where Sam Houston and the Texians claimed victory in what has been described as one of the most consequential battles in world history...the Battle of San Jacinto.  Now a Texas State Historic Site, you can walk the ground Sam Houston walked and see the place where Texas independence was finally won.  Come explore the Texas Revolution at the San Jacinto Battleground in this interview with Texas Historical Commission personnel in charge of preserving some of the most sacred ground in Texas.

    • 26 min
    EP. 85: Exploring the Texas Revolution–Presidio La Bahia

    EP. 85: Exploring the Texas Revolution–Presidio La Bahia

    Originally established in 1721 along the banks of the Guadalupe river, Presidio La Bahia was moved to its present location along the banks of the San Antonio river in 1749. Since then it has been a critical location for worship, trade, protection, battle and commerce. The presidio has been taken and re-taken as Texas has earned its reputation as one of the most contested places in North America. Perhaps it's best known as James Fannin's headquarters before his ill-fated attempt to reach Victoria, resulting in the Goliad massacre. The chapel has hosted church services since 1749, and still does today. Fort, community center, and even graveyard, there are few places in Texas as historic as Presidio La Bahia. Join me as I interview site manager Scott McMahon and explore the Texas revolution at Presidio La Bahia.

    • 26 min
    Ep. 84: Exploring the Texas Revolution–The Fannin Battleground

    Ep. 84: Exploring the Texas Revolution–The Fannin Battleground

    James Fannin fancied himself an accomplished military commander. But in March of 1836 he had trouble deciding where and when to move. He finally headed for Victoria but decided to stop and feed his animals. Fannin didn't realize how close the Mexican army was but he soon found out. Surrounded, without supplies, desperate, Fannin surrendered to Mexican General Urrea. The battleground where Fannin surrendered was the third historic site acquired by the State of Texas, right after the Alamo and San Jacinto. Enjoy learning what you can see at this sacred site from site manager Bryan McAuley with the Texas Historic Commission.

    • 18 min
    EP. 83: The Twin Sisters, Part 2–The Mystery

    EP. 83: The Twin Sisters, Part 2–The Mystery

    The twin sisters were two cannons graciously manufactured and donated to the cause of Texas liberty from the people of Cincinnati.  They served Texas well at the Battle of San Jacinto and played a key role in Texas independence.  You can see these great guns of liberty at....wait minute...no you can't.  We've lost them.  Where could they be?  Theories abound, but evidence is thin.  Some say they are buried by a bayou in Houston.  Some say they are in the bayou.  Some say they're in Austin somewhere.  Some think they were sold for scrap.  Nobody knows.  Listen to the latest episode of Wise About Texas and form your own opinion, and maybe start your own search for two of the most important artifacts in Texas history...the Twin Sisters.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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528 Ratings

528 Ratings

Ryan Gravatt ,

Important Texas podcast

Ken Wise does a fantastic job of storytelling and letting his guests illustrate Texas history. Every Texan and anyone interested in history should subscribe and listen.

Tombstonerider ,

Great series

Have greatly enjoyed the series. Please keep it up. Would love to hear you research on Sculptors Frank Teich and his understudy Copini.

Texmale1955 ,

Great !!!

4 th generation Texan and proud. I live everything about Texas history. Thank you for your hard work in bringing us the history of our great State of Texas !!! Come and get it !!!

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