Alamo rift divides group over revered Texas site

July 24, 2009 1:40:46 PM PDT
Remember the Alamo -- and don't forget who's running the place. That battle cry renewed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas came after two members and the Alamo's former director said the 18th-century mission needs a better financial plan.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is the organization whose members care for the historic Alamo grounds in San Antonio. The group has never operated the Alamo in the red.

Former director David Stewart wants the Alamo run more like a modern museum, with national accreditation and a business plan.

But the Daughters say history proves they're doing just fine.

Gift-shop sales have successfully provided 90 percent of the site's $5.5 million operating budget. The Alamo receives no state funding and offers free admission.

The week the fighting led a breakaway group to established its own Alamo nonprofit.

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