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Note to Teachers: This pdf contains a compiled collection of historical moments in our town's past geared for West's elementary age students. The highlights of our local history are presented with factual details, photographs, and graphics to help the students visualize how West began and progressed since its first settlers arrived in 1850. PDF can not be previewed. Update your browser or use the link found...
 June 1, 3:00 pm, Old Oak Cliff Cemetery in Dallas. Marker for Roscoe C. Chittim, Cherokee Texan who served in Army, 1918-1919. THC and DHS are on board, re-enactors will be there along with local dignitaries, descendants, and media
The San Felipe de Austin was a colony founded by Stephen. F. Austin in 1823 about 50 miles west of what is now Houston. The town was early hub of commerce and governance for American settlers in Texas and played a significant role in the Texas Revolution, though not as deeply recognized by the public as other historic sites in Texas. To expand the public interest and knowledge of San Felipe de Austin, the Texas...
World War I was the most destructive confilct the globe had ever seen. Cities, building, and roads were destroyed and the soldiers who participated died from wounds and disease. Austin Oberwetter, a Texan soldier from the 23rd Engineers, documented the conflict with his camera and lived to share his experiences. Oberwetter's collection of photographs along with the accompanying captions he penned will be on display...
Texas Storytime is a program organized by Humanities that promotes childhood literacy and the support of parents and caregivers. The program partners with community libraries across the state and features works from Texas authors that celebrate the diverse cultures around the state. The program will occur for six weeks at the Centennial Branch of the Midland County Public Library beginning February 8,...
Not Even Past presents the spring film series, Faces of Migration. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and will be followed by an audience discussion about the themes and questions raised by each film. Specifically, the films will examine the needs, desires, and challenges that migrants face around the globe. Sharing stories and experiences will be encouraged. The films may provide relevence to...
Thie Week in Texas History, a video series released by the Texas General Land Office, documents significant dates in Texas History throughout the calendar year. In this video, learn about the origins of the Lonestar Texas Flag. The video explores the competing design options of the time period and the origin of the iconic winning design by Texan Charles Stewart. 
Jim Woodrick from the Texas History Snippets blog has created a valuable resource for classrooms and anyone interested in Texas history. Through the Digital Interactive Map, users can click on locations and roads that were significant to the history of Texas. Specifically, the site includes content from the Spanish Colonial Period, Mexican Texas, the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and Texas in the late...
Join the LBJ Library on Feb. 21, 2018 from 8:30am-3:30pm for a teacher workshop on the history of minority voting rights in the United States. Experts on the subject will present and time will be allotted for teachers to utilize the National Archives DocsTeach platform to create lesson plans. Additionally, the LBJ will provide classroom resources for teachers...
Join the The Texas Independence Trail Region in conjunction with the Texas Historical Commission on February 21st, 2018 for the Texian Rally Workshop in Brenham, TX. At the event, updates on the future development of the Alamo will be anounced and international speaker Alyssa Cook will provide best practices for managing your own organizations. The Texas Indpendence Trail Region program helps Texas communities...
The cattle drive from Texas to Railway stations in Kansas was a way for upwards of 9,000 black cowboys to make a living in the latter half of the 19th century in Texas. To commemorate this history, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is hosting "The Chisholm Kid," a traveling exhibit from the Museum of UnCut Funk with additional content on the historic Chisholm Trail from the Texas Historical Commission.The...
Author Mike Cox is slated to speak to the Austin History Center Sunday Jan. 14th on his new book titled "Legends & Lore of the Texas Capitol". The book tells the story behind the construction, mysteries, and significant events that have taken place at the iconic Texas State Capitol. Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is free on Sunday afternoons in the old library parking lot and on nearby streets....
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has released a new student-directed lesson plan titled "Women on the Move". The lesson plan focuses on the National Women's Conference of 1977, which was held in Houston, TX. The conference was convened with the purpose of drafting a coordinated national plan to ensure gender equality and the protection of the rights of women in the U.S. The lesson plan emphasize the issues...
Included in the celebration of Dream Week in 2018, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is providing visitors a chance to imagine the every day life of Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers were regiments of African American soldiers in the post-Civil War era who scouted and mapped Texas lands; protected settlers, traders and the mail; installed telegraph lines, and carried out dozens of other tasks. At the event,...
The Museum of South Texas History invites Texans from across the Rio Grande Valley to participate in the new Bi-monthly program, Winter Texan Wednesday. The program is designed to introduce visitors to the museum galleries through a tour by museum staff. Visitors will then be invited to listen to a lecture on a designated topic in the courtyard gallery. The next event will be January 10th from 3PM-4PM. The lecture...
TSHA hosts the Exploring Texas Workshop Series every year. Teachers in attendance can receive professional development credit for attending sessions with accessible historical content and pedagogical advice from renowned scholars, respected classroom practitioners, and organizations with expertise in the fields of history, geography, economics, civics, and skill building.The next event in the series is the...
On Jan. 28th, 2018, the Museum of South Texas History presents a talk by Dr. Joe Chance from 2:00PM-3:00PM as a part of the Sunday Speaking Series. Dr. Chance is a 5th generation Texan and has lived in Austin and the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Chance was previously a professor of mathematics and is the author of several books about Valley History. Date:January 28Time:2:00 pm - 3:00...
The Museum of South Texas History presents the Soy de Tejas exhibit until February 1, 2018. The Soy de Tejas exhibit traces the development of Conjunto music, which emerged as Tejano workers adopted the accordian from German and Czech immigrants in the 20th century. Tejanos blended the sounds of the accordian with their bajo sexto guitar to produce the signature Conjunto genre. Visitors...
On Sunday, January 14th, the Museum of South Texas History presents a talk by Dr. Carlos Cantu concerning the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) conference held in December of 1969 at La Lomita Monastery in Mission, Texas. The presentation is a part of the Sunday Speaking Series. Dr. Cantu will discuss the role that this particular MAYO conference played in defining new expressions of ethnic...
The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park has recently released a short video documenting the accomplishments of Ninfa Laurenzo. Ninfa Laurenzo, with the support of her husband and family, popularized fajitas in Tex-Mex restaurants and set numerous other trends in Houston food culture during the 20th century. Later in life, Laurenzo became very active in Texas politics. HAM slice #47 traces Laurenzo's life and legacy...
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission offers a lesson plan exploring the effects of railroads in Texas on population and industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plan prompts students to explore the transformative effects of the railroad on El Paso. First, students compare a 19th century and a 20th century depiction of El Paso to discern the changes that occurred during the period. Then...
Trammel’s Trace tells the story of a borderlands smuggler and an important passageway into early Texas. Trammel’s Trace, named for Nicholas Trammell, was the first route from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. From the Great Bend of the Red River it intersected with El Camino Real de los Tejas in Nacogdoches. By the early nineteenth century, Trammel’s Trace was largely a smuggler’s...
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) aims to support educators to effectively teach the next generation of students about major Genocides in history and leading up to modern day. These Genocides may include the Holocaust and events in Cambodia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Sudan (Darfur), and the Middle East (Iraq and Syria). In 2018, the THGC will present a monetary award of $1000 to one educator...
2018 marks the 300th anniversary of San Antonio. To commemorate the occasion, the Alamo presents the Tricentennial Educator Workshop Series. The series of workshops will cover the eras of Texas History from 1400-1836. Specifically, the series will focus on the significant role of the Alamo over the 300 years of San Antonio history. The intended audience for each workshop is educators and CPE credit hours are offered...
The one-day 2018 Region 4 Social Studies conference will be held on January 27th, 2018 for all Social Studies teachers, supervisors, and coordinators. The conference aims to deliver best practices for the 21st-century social studies classroom. Major themes at the conference will be technology applications, instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners, differentiation, and effective assessment. The...
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