1841 Xalapa letter, part of Durham Collection
In a vault in the far corner of the Durham Museum’s lower level resides over 9,000 historical items collected by one of Omaha’s founding fathers, Byron Reed. The collection contains rare coins, publications and documents, including an 1841 letter from Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna to a family member or friend still living in Xalapa in the years prior to the Mexican-American War. The letter was captured during General Winfield Scott’s assault on the province of Vera Cruz during Scott’s march toward Mexico City. Xalapa is a town within that province, Santa Anna’s birthplace, and today is one of Omaha’s sister cities.