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A yearlong Alamo cannon conservation project conducted by Texas A&M University will reach its historic conclusion Wednesday, Aug. 22 as the Corps of Cadets will perform a ceremonial transition of the last of seven cannons that were used at the Battle of the Alamo to Alamo living historians.
The “Texas A&M and The Alamo Present: A Salute to Alamo Cannon Conservation” event will take place on the Texas A&M System’s RELLIS Campus at the Center for Infrastructure Renewal complex at 10:30 a.m.
Representatives from the Texas General Land Office, the Alamo, the Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M’s Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) and the Corps of Cadets will deliver remarks about the significance of the Texas A&M-Alamo relationship and share findings that were made during the restoration process.
Once the transition ceremony is complete, the cannons will be transported back to the Alamo in San Antonio where they will be put on display.
The conservation effort was led by Jim Jobling and Donny Hamilton, conservators at the CRL at facilities on the RELLIS campus. Jobling notes that the cannons were discovered in various locations near the Alamo between 1852 and 1908. The cannons had never been conserved in the 50 year or more years they have been on display at the Alamo.
The Conservation Research Lab at Texas A&M was established by Hamilton in 1978. Since then, the Lab has completed approximately 160 projects amounting to the conservation of about two million artifacts. The lab allows around 12 students each semester to gain hands-on experience.
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