Texas Independence Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

La Porte: San Jacinto Premiere

September 16, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
San Jacinto, Birth of Texas Series

The Heritage Society will hold the premiere event for San Jacinto, the latest title in the award-winning Birth of Texas Series, on Saturday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte. It is the seventh completed film in the eight part series. Previous titles have aired on select Texas PBS stations including Houston’s own Channel 8. The films have also aired on HISD TV and are in use in over 80 school districts across the state.

Tickets for the premiere event are $50 and include a DVD copy of the full film. Your ticket price helps fund the final title in the Birth of Texas Documentary Series. Attendees will see approximately an hour of the two hour and 45 minute documentary followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and the lead historian, Dr. Stephen Hardin. Other Texas historians featured in the film may also be in attendance. Reservations are required. For more information email: To purchase tickets:

It is one of the most pivotal battles in history, but the road to San Jacinto was anything but a sure thing for Sam Houston and the Texian forces. The provisional President of Texas had ordered him to fight, some of his men were almost mutinous, but still General Houston pressed east with Santa Anna in close pursuit. Finally Houston veered south to grassy prairie and marshes along the upper reaches of Galveston Bay. There the two armies would meet in the famous eighteen minutes of battle. The Texians, looking to avenge the massacres of their compatriots, ran the Mexican soldiers into the marshes, hunting and slaughtering them long after the battle itself had ended. Many of those captured would remain held in Texas for over a year. The rest of the Mexican forces in Texas undertook a brutal retreat through a sea of mud as they headed south toward the Rio Grande.

Funding for San Jacinto was provided by the Texas Historical Foundation. Additional Birth of Texas Series funding was provided by the Brown Foundation, Strake Foundation, Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation and Humanities Texas, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sponsorship of the premiere event is provided by Saint Arnold Brewing.


  • San Jacinto Monument
  • One Monument Circle
  • La Porte, Texas
  • 77571



  • $50 and includes a DVD copy of the full film.