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  • A Brief History of Fiesta San Antonio

    The origins of the first Fiesta celebration date back to 1891 when a group of women from elite San Antonio society—the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT)—bedecked themselves and their horse-drawn carriages in flowers.

  • Women Airforce Service Pilots and their Fight for Veteran Status

    On the evening of August 23, 1943, a pilot named Mabel Rawlinson died in a fiery crash in the North Carolina swamplands near Fort Davis. Unbeknownst to her, she was doing night exercises in an aircraft that another pilot previously flagged for engine troubles.[1] In a separate incident, when a woman

  • On September 11th and Duty

    On a clear September morning in 2001, nineteen men associated with the al Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four planes headed for Los Angeles. At 0903, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Seventeen minutes later, and caught on network television, the

  • Remembering the Old Enlisted Barracks of Randolph Field

    In 2001, the NPS created the Randolph Field Historic District because of its role in early aviation history, its unique design, and the fact many of its buildings remained unchanged from their original 1930s era construction.