Saturday, August 3, 2013

Family and Food Make a Family Reunion.

I want to thank my cousin Tim L. Holland for putting the program together this year and for providing the photos you see on this page for this year's Holland Reunion Fairplay Texas postings. He has a lot more on his facebook page. Tim did a great job this year: he got the mailed invitations out with the correct date. And, if only I had read it more closely, I would have posted the correct date for this year. I might have contributed to the confusion about the date of the Holland Reunion in Fairplay Texas is held. This year it has returned to the First Saturday of August. It always held at the Allison Chapell in Fairplay from 10:30 to 1:3o with Lunch at NOON. I had changed it from the First Saturday to the Second Saturday to make it easier for the Hollands in Tennessee to come down for the reunion: it conflicted with the Methodist Church Calendar up there. The old date was a good date, and I suspect that the First Saturday will be the permanent date for future Holland Family Reunions in Fairplay Texas Hope to see you there next year or in the years that come later. Fred L. Holland, son of Dr. V.M. Holland

Holland Family Reunion Fairplay Texas Allison Chapel on August 3 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

June Holland is celebrating her 89 birthday this month.

June Holland; three sons, Steve and wife Cindy, Tim and wife Sue of Shreveport, and Terry and wife Debbie Jo, and their daughter Khakie Jo

Thursday, July 26, 2012

What is a Holland?

"What is a Holland?" produced and narrated by Tim L Holland
Posted by Fred L. Holland, Dallas, Texas, August 2013

The Holland Reunion is on August 11 in Fairplay Texas at 10:00 AM. Each year for the past four years, I have attempted to distribute something of the Holland Family history and this year I am returning to a video that Tim L Holland did years ago called "What is a Holland?" It was my first attempt to present the Faces and Voices of the past at the reunion. Last year, I presented a CD containing the Holland Family History Scrapbook that Bev Bevelyn Holland Shepherd prepared as an actually scrapbook, which she photographed for me. I am gifting Steve Holland with a very special shotgun that holds a link to the family past, much like the axe that Steve has from the Gilbert Holland, who is his Great, Great Grand Father Holland, whose family celebrates with a Reunon in Fairplay each year. Year before last I was pleased to present a DVD of a video that Sister Mary Yamagata, Ian Yamagata's mother, produced with my father Doctor V.M. Holland narration of "Holland Trails and Tales: The Migration Story of Hollands from Tennesse to Texas." It was one of her first videos produced after she graduated from SMU with her Communications degree.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My mother always told me to remember that there was a Holland at the Alamo...

Tapley Holland at the Alamo

Thursday is the 176th anniversary of the beginning of the siege of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.


More than 1,000 Mexican troops under Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna arrived in San Antonio on Feb. 23, 1836, a...nd laid siege to the Alamo after Texas rebels inside answered a surrender demand with a cannon shot. During the siege, on March 2, delegates at Washingon-on-the-Brazos adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence.


Those inside (estimates vary but generally are around 200 Texans, Tejanos and American volunteers) held out for 13 days, until March 6. All of the defenders were killed.


The fall of the Alamo was followed on March 27 by the Goliad massacre, in which more than 300 prisoners of war were slaughtered by Mexican troops, and April 21 by the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texans and Tejanos under Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s army and secured Texas’ independence.


Alamo commander William Barret Travis’ letter appealing for reinforcements (but vowing to not surrender) is showcased in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin weekdays through March 30.