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March 13, 2015

Tex. Takes Over Management of the Alamo From Longtime Nonprofit Steward

The State of Texas is taking over day-to-day operation of the Alamo, ending more than a century of stewardship by the nonprofit Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Associated Press reports. The Texas General Land Office took ownership of the San Antonio landmark from the Daughters in 2011 amid public officials' concerns about the group's financial viability and management of the former mission, site of a key 1836 battle in Texas's war for independence from Mexico.

Over a four-month transition, the Land Office will a search for a new management company and solicit proposals for a strategic plan aimed at securing the long-term future of the Alamo and its grounds. Alamo Director Becky Dinnin praised the Daughters for their management since 1905, when the group prevented the shrine from being torn down, but said that in recent years "the needs of the Alamo have really grown significantly, especially in the area of conservation and the need to be able to fundraise."