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Join the Star of The Republic Museum for their annual Night at the Museum program where the exhibits will come to life and you can tour the museum by flashlight. Activities include taking a night time wagon ride by Barrington Farm to see the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historic Site and visiting the local Tavern where you can encounter some "residents" from the Old Washington Cemetery. Admission is $8 for adults and $...
About This Book Everyone would agree the one and only Declaration of Independence deserves the best. After all, it's at the heart of our country. But since it was signed in 1776, the Declaration has had as many ups and downs as the United States itself. It has been rolled up, copied, hidden away and traveled by horseback, sailing vessel, mail truck, railroad car and military tank. After being front and center of a...
About This Book This alphabetic look at the United States of America celebrates the country's history, founders, people, and patriotism. Lynne V. Cheney Lynne Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney. Robin Preiss Glasser Robin Preiss Glasser is...
In this history of the modern Civil Rights movement, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter beautifully describes the process that brought about "the end of apartheid in America," providing a context for the ongoing fight for tolerance and equality in this country. McWhorter focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown versus the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr...
In early 1836, Texans were involved in a life and death struggle for freedom from Mexico. They sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington, on the Brazos River. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear. Explore this FUN website to discover their...
Interactive game to teach students about the Texas Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Government produced during the Convention of March 2-17 at Washington.
This is a free curriculum guide on the Grand Jury system in Texas, based on a primary source from the Star of the Republic Museum – the transcript of grand jury testimony in a murder case from San Felipe de Austin in 1840. Guide includes information on the history of the grand jury in Texas, lesson plans, and a script for a classroom re-enactment of the hearing. Developed by Star of the Republic Museum and State Bar...
In early 1836, Texans were involved in a life and death struggle for freedom from Mexico. They sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington, on the Brazos River. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear. Explore this FUN website to discover their...
Students will examine the background of men who participated in the Convention of 1836 and explain how they impacted Texas declaring independence from Mexico.
Why did Texas want to be independent from Mexico? This lesson teaches the reasons for the Texans' desire for independence through the grievances included in Declaration of Independence written at the Convention of 1836.
Students will use primary sources to compare and contrast colonial technology with modern technology. Students will then watch the video In Washington Town and identify characteristics of a colonial town. After students have a feel for colonial life, they will examine the events that will lead to the Convention of 1836 in Washington-on-the-Brazos. In closing, students will create a flyer that will encourage others...
The students will learn facts and opinions given by William Fairfax Gray in his diary and will use prior knowledge to compare/contrast ideas expressed in his diary.
The student will learn how La Salle impacted the settlement of Texas and the establishment of Catholic missions in Texas and will write a letter from the perspective of an explorer.
The student will understand why most Texians wanted to be free from the rule of Mexico. The student will understand major events that fueled the Revolution.
The student will recognize the accomplishments of Gail Borden and why he was important to Texas. The student will understand how the innovation of the printing press benefited individuals and society in Texas during the Republic period.
Students will learn about everyday life in Texas in 1836-1837 from a first-hand account and research other historical events in Texas in 1836-1837. They will then write a letter from Mr. Mitchells perspective.
Tell each student to imagine he/she is an empresario who wants to encourage colonists to move to Texas. Although Texas is a beautiful place, have them remember that it is not a perfect place. Those who were encouraging others to move to Texas often made it sound better than it really was. Ask the students to think of some facts about Texas in the 1800’s that the empresarios may NOT have chosen to advertise. As...
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