Texas Insights-August 2010

Volume I, Issue 1

What’s New?

The most obvious answer to the question, “What’s new?” in a new publication is, of course, the publication itself. Veteran Texas history teachers might recall the newsletter David DeBoe of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) provided for many years, titled Insights. Texas Insights intends to carry on the same proud and distinguished service to educators in a more modern format. Coupled with the new web site, TeachingTexas.org, this e-newsletter is intended to provide valuable communication to teachers about resources available, institutions that support Texas history instruction, content from premier historians, activities to support instruction and news that affects the Texas history community.

Issues of Texas Insights will be housed on TeachingTexas.org with subscribers receiving notification via email through TSHA’s Constant Contact service. Issues will be released in August, October, January, March, and May and contain timely information correlated to the most common instructional sequences and needs.  Web site partners will be the first institutions highlighted in the newsletter out of respect for their commitment to help teachers easily locate their resources. We hope that you will find this newsletter useful, will encourage your colleagues to subscribe, and will let the editors know if we can better meet your needs.

Texas Heritage Online

Listed on TeachingTexas.org and present for some time, www.TexasHeritageOnline.org has recently been updated with a new look and new functionality. This site serves as a search tool to access the primary source collections of numerous libraries, museums, and other institutions.

My Texas History Notebook Awards

The Portal to Texas History and Humanities Texas are hosting a competition to create lesson plans and curricula materials using content from The Portal to Texas History. To recognize excellence in Texas history education, stipends will be awarded to the top fourteen winning entries. More information is available at http://education.texashistory.unt.edu/.

Featured Institution

TSHA LogoSince 1897, the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) has provided authoritative Texas history content for scholars, educators and lay persons. In more than a century in Austin, the TSHA established a publications program, an education program, the Handbook of Texas, a model online presence, and helped build the preeminent Texas history archival collection in the state. Now in Denton, TSHA carries on its programs and looks forward to the opportunities of a second century with its new partner, the University of North Texas. Though the archive TSHA helped build remains at the University of Texas, TSHA has expanded the content it provides to include the Texas Almanac and looks forward to remaining a leader in online Texas history.

In the fall of 2010, TSHA will unveil its newly redesigned web site with expanded features and even more content for Texas history scholars and enthusiasts. In addition to the over 25,000 articles in the ever-expanding Handbook of Texas, the new site will feature enhanced access to the first one hundred years of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the full range of Texas Almanac back issues dating back to 1857, and a variety of out of print books. A number of TSHA’s books are already available in e-reader formats with even more on the way. With TSHA working in partnership with UNT’s Portal to Texas History and other leading groups, the digital project possibilities are endless, and TSHA is committed to remaining a leader in the field. For more information on the TSHA, visit www.TSHAonline.org.

Featured Lesson

Portal to Texas History logo.As you plan your instruction on explorers and why European powers were so eager to lay claim to lands in Texas and North America, check out this issue’s featured lesson plan from the Portal to Texas History. Available on TeachingTexas.org, “Race for Empire” is a hands-on lesson designed to help students discover the urgency certain European countries had in getting to the new lands and claiming them for their own empire.

Texas History News

Several opportunities for Texas history educators and students are available or are on the near horizon:

TSHA has launched a new social media page on Facebook for young people named "Hitch on to Texas History!" The page is intended to pass along pertinent information about opportunities and programs for young people related to Texas history and TSHA programs. For information, see
Hitch on to Texas History!


National History Day has updated the rule book for participants. Though most of the content remains the same, there are some significant changes to the web site category that one should review if they are participating in the Texas History Day program. The rule book and more information can be found on TeachingTexas.org.

The History Department at Texas State University is offering a symposium, titled Mexico’s Wars in Texas: Independence and Revolution, in San Marcos on Saturday, September 11, from 9:30 to 3:00. For information, see TeachingTexas.org.


The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum opens its newest temporary exhibit, “Tango-Alpha-Charlie: Texas Aviation Celebration” on September 12. Information about this exhibit celebrating the centennial of aviation in Texas and two scheduled workshops can be found on TeachingTexas.org.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is offering an Educator Resource Fair in Austin on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 to 3:00. For information, see TeachingTexas.org.


The Texas General Land Office’s Save Texas History Program is offering a symposium, titled Discovering Spanish and Mexican Texas, in Austin on Saturday, November 6, from 8:00 to 5:00. For information, see TeachingTexas.org.

Texas Insights is a publication of the Texas State Historical Association
in cooperation with the University of North Texas.

Texas State Historical Association
1155 Union Circle #311580
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Stephen Cure - Editor
Kate O'Donnell - Assistant Editor


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