Phil Collins gives Alamo artifacts back to Texas

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philSAN ANTONIO, TX – Lots of people are Texas history buffs.

One of them is rock/pop star Phil Collins. It all started when he was a kid watching Davy Crockett on TV.

When he grew up and became a mega-rockstar, he would always “Remember the Alamo.”

“I’ve just always loved even the shape of the façade, there’s just something about it that’s always drawn me to it.”

He developed one of the world’s largest collections of Alamo memorabilia. He put them all in a book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.

Now, he’s giving it back to Texas. Not the book–the whole collection.

“I’m just over the moon that I’ve been given the opportunity to find a home like this for it,” Collins said during a news conference outside the Alamo on Thursday.

There’s so much stuff, there’s not room in the Alamo for all of it yet. But eventually it’ll be on display for everyone to see.

The collection includes a Mexican cavalry officer’s helmet, weapons, battlefield letters, and from his childhood hero, Davy Crockett’s Almanac.