The Alamo Is Under Attack! (It's Not Ozzy This Time)
They aren't restoring the Alamo but they're going to create a bunch of hi-tech models of the building, recreating how it looked in 1836, the year of the battle, in 1895, the year San Antonio took over the building and in 1961, when detailed drawings of the site were created by the Historic American Buildings Survey.
"This kind of groundbreaking preservation project at the Alamo is long overdue, Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the Texas General Land Office and former Aggie, stated. "The data gained will be vital to ensuring the Alamo remains an icon of Texas history and personal freedom for future generations."
(Now, was it really an icon of personal freedom? It all depends on how you look at history. And this seems as good a time as any to note that there isn't any actual ground being broken. But fuzziness of Patterson's statement aside, and the history behind it - history is written by the winners, so bear that in mind - the Alamo is getting studied.)
Using historic texts, drawings, photos and pretty much anything else they can draw on, the team will create digital models of the Alamo, using them to look at the effects of erosion, cold and heat on the building. The whole thing will act as a database of the Alamo's changes over time, a resource the Alamo's conservator, Pam Rosser, will be able to use to track preservation work and maintenance of the site. (Translation: This is a project to chronicle how the Alamo has changed, but not a deal where they will actually be restoring it. This sounds a whole lot like standing back and taking pictures while the Alamo continues to deteriorate, but who are we to judge? Something is better than nothing.)
When the project is completed there will be a nice, neat reference of how the building has changed, which seems reasonably cool. There will also still be that speech from John Wayne's "The Alamo," and that song, the "Ballad of the Alamo," sung by Marty Robbins. And the Alamo is still there too, without any enhancements from Ozzy. For now.