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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 Teachers in attendance can receive professional development credit for attending sessions with accessible historical content and pedagogical advice from renowned scholars, respected classroom practitioners, and organizations with expertise in the fields of history, geography,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...
Every year since 1897, the Texas State Historical Association has held an annual meeting. The largest gathering of its kind for Texas history enthusiasts. Join the leaders in the field for three days of sessions, networking, events, and professional development that will expand your knowledge, energize you, and help you to deepen your connections with the state's extraordinary past.
The Texas State Historical Association is providing a list of suggested activities and resources for schools and classrooms to use to remember and commemorate WWI veterans.
A $1,000 prize will be awarded at the 2018 TSHA Annual Meeting in San Marcos for the best article length submission to the Southwestern Historical Quarterly by December 15, 2017, that deals with the contributions of Texans to the World War I effort or the effects of the Great War on Texas.  Submissions must meet all normal submission requirements outlined for the Southwestern...
This project is a tribute to Tom R. Chambers' grandmother, Mattie Oline (Battles) Meekins, 1899-1997. She kept a diary from 1948 through part of 1993. Chambers researched her entries over the years, and chose the ones that have significance for him and society. His grandmother rarely missed making a daily entry in her diary during 45-plus years - an astonishing 16,000-plus entries. Chambers was born in July of 1947...
Digital scans of Cat’s Claw, a bi-weekly student newspaper from Archer City High School are now available. The content of the newspaper includes information of interest to students along with advertising from years 1931-2015. These scans are collected in the Portal to Texas History, a database sponsored by the University of North Texas. The scans are included in Archer County Newspaper Collection.
This lesson was part of a collaboration between the Library of Congress and National History Day. This version appeared in the 2015 NHD theme book and is supplemented with additional Texas newspaper resources. Chronicling America makes digital copies of newspapers from around the country dated between 1836 and 1922 available online. Available through the Library of Congress with support from the National Endowment...
Admiral Chester Nimitz was assigned as commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet following the Pearl Harbor attack. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer elaborate on the life of Admiral Nimitz that prepared him for the role, including his childhood in Fredericksburg, Texas.
As America entered WWII, it was apparent that U.S. naval aviation technology ranked behind Japanese technology. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer discuss the changes to U.S. military technology and mindset during the 1940s
Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer describe the period of American globalization and expansion of commerce that preceded the attack on Pearl Harbor, and detail the reasons for engaging in war with Japan.
Part one of the Texas Talk, The 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor and the Texas Connection with James D. Hornfischer. Joe Cavanaugh and James D. Hornfischer respond to the question of how Pearl Harbor resonates with audiences 75 years later.
The 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor and the Texas Connection with James D. Hornfischer. Bestselling author James D. Hornfischer and Joe Cavanaugh from the National Museum of the Pacific War discuss the history surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and its connection to Texas. Admiral Chester Nimitz was named the commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and led America's...
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell traces the process that Dora Shaw went through while applying for a pension as a widow of an African American Confederate veteran. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell uses primary research to tell the story of Guy Shaw, an African American who lived in Harrison County and received a Confederate veterans' pension. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Join TSHA Chief Historian Randolph “Mike” Campbell as he reveals an untold story he uncovered while researching for his book, A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas 1850-1880. “Texas Confederate Veteran Pensions: The Curious Cases of Guy and Dora Shaw of Harrison County,” focuses on the complex race relations in East Texas following the Civil War. Dr. Campbell uses primary archival sources to tell...
Following the Civil War, race relations in east Texas were complicated. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell offers insight into how these relationships are viewed. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the Spanish origin of Tejanos in the formation of Texas, and their part in the independence of Mexico from the rule of Spain. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina describe the life of Emma Tenayuca, one of the leading labor organizers in the country. She played prominent roles in both the creation of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and the 1938 Pecan-Sheller's Strike. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina share the history of the Compañías Volantes, a civilian cavalry unit that patroled the frontier of Texas during the Spanish era. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina illustrate the contributions of José de La Luz Sáenz, a Mexican American soldier during WWI, who wrote a diary of his experiences. He was also a founding member of the LULAC organization and a civil rights activist. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
The Tejano Monument commemorates Tejano contributions to the state of Texas. Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina chronicle the creation of the monument and describe its features. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the background of the Handbook of Tejano History project and their work with the Texas State Historical Association. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Several officer quarters are still standing at For McKavett State Historic Site. Cody Mobley, Site Manager, shares the history of the Officer’s Quarters, which were first constructed in 1852 and finished by 1856. He also explains that the Commanding Officer's Quarters served as a hotel, a boarding house, and a private residence. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
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