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This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. The historian John Keegan wrote, “the First World War created the modern world”. In some ways, it also created modern Texas. In April 1917, the US officially entered the Great War - triggering an influx of resources, people and technology that would forever change the Lone...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. According to Texas native and architectural maven Brantley Hightower, “You can read a town like a book…with plot points of its history revealed in its organization and architecture.” In this tour, we will take him at his word and check out some “books”— thirteen historic...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. It was called “Tejas,” an enormous Mexican territory - far from civilization. And soon, an epic story would be written across this terrain. Men would conspire. Battles would be fought. And legends would be born. The places where blood ran thick, those...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. Most people today have never heard of the Red River War, even though this conflict changed the Southern Plains, and the United States, forever. It very well may be one of America’s most significant wars. The Texas Historical Commission conducted archeological fieldwork from...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. Two cannons found in Texas fifty miles apart: one buried in the mud twelve feet below the surface of Matagorda Bay, the other uncovered by a ranch foreman. Together, they solved a centuries-old mystery and set archeologists on a fascinating journey...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. Texas is still part of Mexico when the first German pioneers arrive here in the 1820s. They came by the thousands, then tens of thousands – German immigrants weary of the growing oppression in their homeland but hopeful they could start a productive...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. The history of African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy is the story of Texas… and Texans. From musicians to politicians, from cowboys to entrepreneurs, this rich, vibrant community played a vital role shaping the Lone Star state into who we are...
Texas would not be Texas without the profound influence of Hispanic leaders and citizens, whose legacies form an essential pillar of Texas history. We invite you to explore the contributions of Hispanic histories of the Lone Star State and to discover your own connections to the diverse and deeply rooted Hispanic communities of Texas. Part travel guide, part historical document, this tour takes you to the places...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. In the decades following the Civil War, more than six million cattle were herded out of Texas in one of the greatest migrations of animals ever known. These 19th-century cattle drives laid the foundation for Texas's wildly successful cattle...
This online exhibit features a rich blend of images, videos, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. One of the earliest transcontinental highways, the Bankhead Highway stretched from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California with the Texas portion running 850 miles from Texarkana to El Paso. Often called “The Broadway of America”, the Bankhead Highway helped to transform...
The Texas Land Title Association, Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission have partnered together to present Real Places 2018. The event will include addresses by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas writer Joe Nick Patoski, preservation economist Donovan Rypkema, and others. Entertainment will be provided by Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel) and the...
The Texas Historical Commission has launched a web documentary film about the Massacre at Goliad. 360* camera technology was used to be attractive and immersive for Texas history students. It can be viewed on laptop, cell phone, tablet, VR headsets or on the THC website. A Chrome browser provides the best experience. All of the sites for the Massacre were shot on location and the artifacts shown were gathered from...
This is a new online exhibit, that features a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas. Download the app directly to your iOS or Android device. The Texas Historical Commission’s mobile tour World War II on the Texas Home Front explores the legacy of the war effort in Texas. From Navy shipbuilding yards and Army airfields...
This is a travel guide prepared by the Texas Historical Commission with extensive information on Texas' involvement in World War II.It includes a day by day timeline, a historical synopsis of the history of Texas before and after the War, and sites of WWII in Texas.
This is an online secondary source resource for anyone interested in learning about World War I with Texas Historical Commission resources.This source is sponsored by Texas Time Travel.
This is a virtual tour sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. Join them for a tour on swimming holes and fireworks. Road trips are a traditional part of Texas summer adventures. During July, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will embark on a virtual road trip featuring photos of two of the state’s most iconic landmarks: windmills and water towers. The public is...
This short documentary highlights the Navarro County Courthouse re-dedication, which took place on July 9, 2016. It discusses the history and effort it takes to re-store historical buildings and then importance of maintaining/preserving historical structures.
Texas Time Travel is your statewide resource for exploring Texas’ historic and cultural treasures. Use our Plan Your Adventure tools, travel themes, events calendar, travel guides, and mobile tours to find and learn about historic sites across the 10 heritage trail regions of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Trails Program. Or, select a region below to begin your adventure in your favorite part of...
Lesson plan for middle school students incorporates World War II into 7th grade Texas History.
Lesson plan with associated activities introduces students to the importance of understanding and preserving local history by using Texas Historical Markers as a resource.
Part I includes background information on archeology, prehistory/Native Americans, and historic sites. Each of these three topics is treated as if the text were included in a self-contained. To this more useful for different grade levels, this part may be used (1) as background information for the teacher; or (2) as material that can be photocopied and distributed to students. At the end of Part I a Glossary is...
Article about the Civil War battle at Sabine Pass published in The Medallion, Issue September/October 2010.
Article about the history of Mexican American dance halls in Texas published in The Medallion, Issue July/August 2010.
Article about dismantling segregation in Houston and the city's first sit-in published in The Medallion, Issue January/February 2010.
Article about the history of Sabine Farms, a vibrant Great Depression-era community, published in The Medallion, Issue January/February 2009.
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