Remembering the Maine on the USS Texas

Living history exhibit to be held at battleship

If you’re going to be on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the second week of February:

The Battleship Texas will be hosting a memorial for the Battleship Maine on Feb. 11 and 12 to honor the Maine and servicemen who have fought or are fighting for their country.

“This is the sixth year we’ve (hosted the memorial),” said John Ferguson, the volunteer service coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The Battleship Texas hosts the event as a living history exhibit. Actors will come dressed in Spanish-America War era clothes (as well as from other important eras in history) so that guests can get a feel for what it was like to live in a time of war over a hundred years ago.

“It will give anyone who comes out a greater appreciation of military history;” said Ferguson. “What they ate, what their uniforms looked and felt like, the kind of utensils they used; it will be a really (enriching) experience for everyone.”

Patrons can also look forward to a weapons demonstration, which will include the firing of guns from different war eras.

If you haven’t checked out the Texas in La Porte, you really ought to. It’s worth every penny. This Maine exhibit is just icing on the cake. For a few photos of Murdoc’s trip to the Lone Star battleship, check out this post.