You can know that because the Presidio La Bahia reenactors have just been awarded the Texas Living History Association’s first “Exemplary Event Award” for their reenactments of the Goliad Massacre.
The award is from the Texas Living History Association, an organization founded in 2012 which is devoted to all periods of history in Texas and includes members from all over the state.
The group focuses on how to be a better historical interpreter, how to organize history programs for school groups and everything else which might involve a reenactor.
The award to the Goliad reenactors, the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association, is the first such honor given by the new organization. The assistant director of the Presidio La Bahia, Scott McMahon, is one of founding members of the Texas Living History Association and the group’s representative for the Texas Independence region.
The “Exemplary Event Award” is to the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association, which has presented the Goliad Massacre reenactments at Presidio La Bahia since the organization’s inception in 1983. It has long been recognized as one of the premier reenactor groups in the state and it is no surprise it would be the first reenactor group honored by the new Texas Living History Association.
The group has over 40 members and, although the Goliad Massacre is its primary focus, the association or some of its individual members also participate in other reenactments in the state. Several of the reenactors help the Presidio La Bahia with its school program, which serves about 6,000 students a year.
The group’s excellence has made the annual Goliad Massacre reenactment a major event that draws thousands to the community each March, supporting the community and helping the Presidio La Bahia raise funds to cover its operation.