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DRT vs OAG: OAG wins

Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have conceded in the fight over how the Alamo has been maintained.

In a news release Tuesday, the Daughters acknowledged recent troubles at the shrine and vowed to use a critical report issued Nov. 20 by the Texas attorney general’s office as a “learning tool” for the 7,000-member historical group.

DRT President General Karen Thompson said the 38-page report “has provided closure about past management practices and operations” at the former mission and battle site.

It was a sudden capitulation after the DRT’s top officer had considered waging a last-ditch public relations battle to try to discount the report. The San Antonio Express-News obtained a copy of a draft release sent to board members Monday in which Thompson is critical of the attorney general’s findings, claiming “many inaccuracies and unsupported allegations.”

But the release she sent to the media Tuesday didn’t challenge the report’s findings.

“We are also mindful of past mistakes and will use this report as a learning tool, and all officers of the DRT will read it and benefit from it,” Thompson said.

See here for the background, and here for the DRT’s press release, in which they list a number of changes they say they have made that were not listed in the OAG’s report. What really matters here is that proper care is being taken of the Alamo. Let’s hope that will be the case from now on.

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