MARSHALL — The local chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas hosted a guest speaker Monday night to address new ways of looking at the story of Texas’ independence.

Bryan McAuley, site manager of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, presented “Keeping the Flame Lit — Expanding our Vision of the Texas Revolution.”

“The plan is to take these historical sites, which are utilized largely right now as memorials, and modernize them and connect them to tell the full story of Texas independence,” McAuley told about 12 community members.

He discussed the connections between Texas historical sites and how the same people were a part of each site’s history.

He emphasized the often-overlooked fact — and how the sites would benefit from making the connections.

McAuley also gave the history of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and how it connects to other major historical locations.

He discussed taking fresh looks at the locations and continuing research into their history.

“We need to keep asking questions and keep asking better questions,” McAuley said.

He also briefly touched on the Texas General Land Office’s plans to change the Alamo and surrounding grounds in the “Alamo Plan,” which is expected to be completed in 2024. Though McAuley does not work with the office, he said he heard a detailed account of the plan by one of its representatives.

McAuley has a wealth of knowledge about Texas history and how the events at the Alamo relate to events at other historical sites,” Sons of Republic Texas Chapter president Sam Moseley said.