Alamo Reality
  • March 5-6. 1836 Hour by Hour

    Thank you to Dr. Stephen Hardin for this account of the battle from the perspective of a Mexican reporter. In our app, the story of Alamo is as engaging as the technology we use to bring it to life.

    10:00 a.m., March 5, 1836: Reports confirm that Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna has ordered an […]

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  • Soldados Attack the Long Barracks

    On March 6, 1836, the Mexican army breached the outer defenses of the Alamo compound. Some of the defenders retreated to the Long Barracks behind barricaded doors and windows–prepared to fight to the last. The Mexican Soldados wheeled captured cannons in front of the barracks and blew holes through the barricades then rushed through the […]

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  • The Forgotten Women of the Alamo

    Of the many stories about the Alamo, one of the least understood is the roll women played. There were three distinct, but very similar groups of woman. First, there were women and children who were sheltered in the Alamo during the siege and assault. 
    The second group of women were just outside the Alamo. They followed […]

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  • Storytelling in a Non-Linear Medium

    In developing the concept for the Alamo AR experience we realized we would have to invent a new form of storytelling. It had to be non-linear.  Non-linear storytelling exists in film, for instance, Pulp Fiction is a great example. The beginning of the movie is actually near the end of the story. As a viewer […]

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  • You Say You Want a Revolution?

    I love books.

    I read them, review them, restore them, collect them, and write them. Growing up as an only child, books became my friends and playmates. Echoing the novelist Neil Gaiman, “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” My life as a university professor, revolves around books.

    Yet, my years in the classroom […]

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  • Augmented Reality: Can it Really be Used in History Class?

    Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Most people confuse augmented reality with virtual reality.  Virtual reality, creates a totally artificial environment, and to be in that environment, the user is required to strap a device to their face. Augmented reality, in contrast, uses the existing environment and […]

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