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A portion of a huge mural, depicting Texas history, inside the Hall of State, the grand exhibition hall for Texas itself at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. This photograph is found that the Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
The story of the Santa Rita No. 1 is a lesson on dreams coming true because of tenacity and not giving up. The Permian Basin discovery marked the beginning of the West Texas oil boom. Because the well was on univerisity land, both UT and A and M have financially benefitted from royalties sine 1923. Cynthia Jordan visits children throughout the state of Texas, telling the Santa Rita story with music and song. For you...
The historical map collection has over 28,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.
W. D. Smith Commercial Photographywas Fort Worth's leading commercial photographer during the mid- to late-20th century. This digital collection contains over 150 photographic negatives taken by the company during the 1940s-1950s as well as numerous 19th century Texas photographs collected by W.D. Smith  
Birds and Watchers by Jessie Maye Smith is a website to read about the birds of North Texas in the Fort Worth Telegram newspaper columns written by bird enthusiast Jessie Maye Smith. Her weekly column, which ran from 1953 to 1974, chronicles the winged wild life of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. 
The Tejano Voices Project focuses on one hundred seventy six oral history interviews with Tejano and Tejana leaders from across the state conducted by Dr. Jose; Angel Gutiearrez, associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington. These interviews were conducted in 1992-2006, and emphasize the personal stories and struggles of the interviewees, many of whom are the first individuals of...
Much of history is interpreted from an adult point of view. This unit helps students gain an understanding of Dust Bowl history through the eyes of a child. Using Karen Hesse’s Newbery Award-winning Out of the Dustas an introduction to this aspect of the Great Depression, students have the opportunity to identify with the personal experiences of youth in the 1930s. In addition, students examine...
Lesson Plan - To gain a true understanding of child labor, both as a historical and social issue, students should examine the worlds of real working children. This unit asks students to critically examine, respond to and report on photographs as historical evidence.
Lesson Plan - Investigate the circumstances and lives of those who endured this time of distress using their oral histories recorded by the Federal Writers Project. Use your research skills to immerse yourself in the treasures of the American Memory collections and broaden your understanding of life during this stressful period in our nation’s history. Then share your growth in your understanding by evaluating the...
Lesson Plan - This WebQuest challenges students to investigate the American Dream ...look through the eyes of those who lived before us ...use the American Memory collections, The Library of Congress, to visit Americas past ...learn research skills and experience the richness of the library collections ...defend your ideas, create products that show your understanding of others dreams ...then share your dream for...
Lesson plan in which students will collect primary source materials from their families or local communities. In analyzing these primary sources, students examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history.
Lesson plan - students use the Library of Congress collections Timeline of African American History, 1852-1925 to identify problems and issues facing African Americans immediately after Reconstruction. Working in small groups on assigned issues, students search the collection for documents that describe the problem and consider opposing points of view, and suggest a remedy for the problem. Students then present the...
Guides to help students achieve a deeper analysis of primary sources. View these tools at work in lessons to see how they might be used or adapted to your needs.
Lesson Plan - These suggestions for student activities can help you enhance your social studies curriculum using authentic artifacts, documents, photographs, and manuscripts from the Library of Congress Historical Collections and other sources.
Students examine a variety of primary source documents related to the womens suffrage movement. They identify different methods people used to influence and change attitudes and beliefs about suffrage for women. Students then create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections.
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