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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. 
James Harkins from the Texas General Land office presents an early photographic map of Austin in 1887 and a map used by Stephen F. Austin during the Mexican National period. Harkins explains the way in which maps were used by empresarios to advertise to settlers.  Harkins also explains the way in which maps demonstrate change over time.
An annual conference, established in 2009,  which highlights and emphasizes the history of Texas and the role Texans have played in shaping the history of the United States. Each year academics, authors, and enthusiasts gather to discuss themes related to Texas and its place in history.  Previous themes include: World War I, The Alamo, The Civil War and The City of Austin.
All public, private and homeschooled students of appropriate age for fourth and seventh grades may participate in the Texas General Land Office’s, “Save Texas History” essay contest. Students should address the question, “What history in your community, or in Texas, is worth saving?”Questions to consider when answering are:What history is worth saving in your community or in Texas?What makes history worth saving?Why...
This is a map of Mexico and Texas from 1828, housed at the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas. The full citation to find the map is the following: Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico, Segun lo organizado y definido por las varias actas del Congreso de dicha Republica: y construido por las mejores autoridades, New York: White, Gallaher, and White, 1828, Map #93846, Holcomb Digital Map Collection, Archives...
This is an in depth article on the generous donation of $25,000 by the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR) for the conservation of Stephen F. Austin’s Registro, or Register of the Old 300, and several other related land grant documents from the Archives of the Texas General Land Office. The article explains that: Under the leadership of State Regent Joy Dabney Hagg, the TSDAR helped conserve...
This is a map held at the Texas General Land Office of the British Empire in North America. It is a map of the British Colonies at the time of the American Revolution appeared in the most important 18th-century atlas of America, Dunn’s A New Atlas of the Mundane System and other imprints. This map was engraved with a hand-colored outline.
This is a primary resource found at the Texas General Land Office. It is a map of the North America circa 1776. This is a copper-engraving map that shows all of North America, except for the undetermined far northwest, plus Central America and the top of South America, and the West Indies. The “XIII United States” are named on the map, and there is a table designating the ownership of the various lands and islands....
This is a primary resource. It is a map found at the Texas General Land Office in the General Map Collection. The Map was donated by Katherine Staat in memory of Herbert Christian Merillat. The map's full title is: "A New Map of North America with the West India Islands divided according to the preliminary Articles of Peace, signed at Versailles, 20 Jan. 1783."
This is a compilation of primary sources, mainly early Texas History Maps, organized by the Texas General Land Office. The Texas General Land Office is proud to announce the donation of three more historic maps to our Archives. These maps, donated by Ms. Katherine Staat in memory of her uncle Chris Merrillat, augment our collection of 45,000 maps and sketches and enhance the GLO Archives — one of the premier...
This lesson plan highlights John C. Logan and his contributions to Texas History. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale...
This is an educational video featuring George P. Bush from the Texas General Land Office. This is an interactive video-lesson that lasts 30 minutes. Teachers are encouraged to distribute copies of the primary resources used throughout the lesson to their students. A printable PDF of primary resources and an activity worksheet to be completed prior to the lesson can be downloaded here: http://www.txglo.org/education...
This Lesson plan revolves around pioneer life in Mexican Texas. The opportunity to own cheap, abundant land in Mexican Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Austin’s colony. Mexican authorities, however, did not want just anyone settling their land. In this lesson, you will learn what the Mexican government required of its new settlers and how these expectations might apply to...
This is a lesson plan that highlights Sam McCulloch and his contributions to Texas History. Sam McCulloch came to Texas from the United States as a free black man, but had no rights as a citizen under U.S. law. However, under Mexican law Sam was entitled to citizenship and land grants regardless of his race and status. Sam would become a hero of the Texas Revolution but how would the new government treat Sam? Within...
This lesson plan focuses on helping save the documents of Texas History. The study of land grants is interesting because of the stories they tell. Some files contain letters, notes or affidavits that give us a glimpse into the settler’s personal history. A typical land grant file contains the following information: ★ Who settled the land. ★ Why he or she received a land grant. ★ When the settler arrived in Texas. ★...
The goals of this Lesson plan is to identify and describe the characteristics of a commemorative map, summary the purpose of a commemorative map, and plan and create a commemorative map from a topic of theme in Texas History. The rich history of Texas provides us with many opportunities to commemorate our past. Texans honor and celebrate their legacy in many ways with parades, festivals, rodeos and cultural events,...
This lesson plan highlights William B Travis' heroic accomplishment in a way to help students learn. Students will analyze the Travis letter using the DESCRIBE strategy. *Students will be able to discuss and draw conclusions about the purpose and meaning of the letter. *Students will be able to explain larger themes addressed in the letter and how these themes reflected and influenced Texas and American history.
This is a detailed energy map of Texas, which highlights the 500 year history of energy production across the state. Commissioner Bush's map includes locations of significant wells, pipelines, wind farms, and traces the history of energy development across the Lone Star State. Bush's map takes a step into the digital age: It is complimented by the GLO's first ever digital interactive commissioner map, www....
Dr. Light Cummins - 2010 Save Texas History Symposium Empresario System in Texas
Dr. Frank de la Teja - 2010 Save Texas History Symposium Settlement of Spanish & Mexican Texas
Dr. Gregg Dimmick - 2011 Save Texas History Symposium Sea of Mud Mexican Army after San Jacinto
Dr. Stephen Hardin - 2011 Save Texas History Symposium Sam Houston at San Jacinto
James P. Bevill - 2011 Save Texas History Symposium Financing the Texas Revolution
Dr. Gene Smith - 2011 Save Texas History Symposium Manifest Destiny and the Texas Revolution
Dr. Robert Maberry - 2012 Save Texas History Symposium Civil War Battle Flags
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