Rock musician, Grammy Award winner, Texana collector, and philanthropist Phil Collins was in San Antonio today to formally donate his vast memorabilia collection to The Alamo, a revolutionary fort and former mission, run by the Texas General Land Office. His donation, said to be worth in the tens of millions of dollars, has been preserved in Collin's basement in his home in Switzerland.
Speaking in front of a crowd gathered to celebrate his gift, Collins claimed that," I am so proud to have this place to house my collection. Some of these things haven't been here since 1836." His happiness during the ceremony, evident to the crowd, also prompted him to state that "this is the exact place where my collection should be housed."
Revealing that he was 63, and wondering what to do with his collection, he realized the Alamo was the perfect venue to showcase items like four original rifles used at the Alamo, a receipt from Travis for beef ordered for his troops, and a knife and sword belonging to James Bowie. Collins will be revealing some of the artifacts at a private interview later today, and will continue to respond to media throughout his stay in San Antonio.
Collins' devotion to The Alamo, and the historical artifacts he has been collecting for decades, are a testament to the inspiration Collins claims he felt at the age of five when he first saw the "Davy Crockett" Disney television show starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen in episodes from the 1954-1955 television series and subsequent films. He chronicled part of his journey and his collection in his 2012 book entitled "The Alamo and Beyond."
Collins and his brother Clive, pictured above in 2012, as Clive receives an MBE from the government of Great Britain for his services to the crown, obviously have a family commitment to preservation, historical archives, and celebration of the arts.