Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Susanna Dickinson's "Name Belongs to Texas History"



Susanna Dickinson was known as the messenger of the Alamo. She survived the battle , and carried the news of its fall to Sam Houston, which ultimately led to Houston's defeating Santa Anna and winning independence for The Republic of Texas. She was brave and tough as nails, and now, the home she lived in here in Austin is open as a museum so people of all ages can learn her story.



Susanna's real gravesite - Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, TX
SACRED to the memory of
Susan A. Hannig
Wife of J.W. Hannig
Died Oct. 7, 1883
Aged 68 years
I go to prepare a place for them

Located at the foot of Susanna's grave at Oakwood.
Susanna's husband - Joseph W. Hannig - Born June 14, 1834 -
Died Jan. 6, 1890; Oakwood Cemetery
Susanna's cenotaph at the Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas

The plaque on the cenotaph: Her name belongs to Texas History. She cast her lot with the immortal heroes of the Alamo. After it's fall, with the "Babe" in her arms, she carried the news to Gen. Sam Houston at Gonzales."

July 2007 - before the opening of the Susanna Dicinson Home & Museum

Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum

The mission of the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum is to preserve the home and legacy of Battle of the Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson and to celebrate Texas’ historical heritage by providing programs and educational resources to the citizens of Austin and its visitors.

About the Museum
The 1869 home of Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig was saved and deeded to the City of Austin in 2003. Joseph Hannig built this home in 1869 for his new wife, Susanna Dickinson. She survived the Battle of the Alamo and carried the news of its fall to Sam Houston, which ultimately led to Houston's defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto and won independence for the Republic of Texas. For this deed, Susanna Dickinson became known as the "Messenger of the Alamo." Her home was saved, restored and opened as a museum on March 2, 2010, Texas Independence Day.

The Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum is the only remaining residence of Susanna Dickinson. The home is considered a “rubble-rock” house, a style of architecture brought to the Texas Hill Country by German immigrants. Inside the museum are a handful of rare Dickinson family artifacts, as well as furniture produced by Joseph. The couple lived in this house for six years, until 1875, at which point they moved into the area of town known as Hyde Park. We invite you to stop by and let our docents show you the newly restored house and recount the vivid stories of the survivors of the Battle of the Alamo.

Location & Hours of Operation
Open Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
411 E. 5th Street
 Austin, TX 78701