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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.
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 Texas Talk aired on Monday August 15, 2016 by the Texas State Historical Association. Fort McKavett was established in 1852 by the 8th US Infantry. The fort closed briefly in 1859, but reopened in 1869 and has been designated a Texas historic site since May 17, 1968. The fort is considered one of the most intact and preserved examples of Texas-Indian Wars military post. The fort has restored structures that...
This is a free digital copy of the book Tejanos Through Time: Selections from the Handbook of Tejano History offered exclusively by the Texas State Historical Association. It highlights Tejano individuals, organizations and events. The book focuses on the special place in history that Tejanos have for having been a province of colonial Spain, a state in the Republic of Mexico, and an independent country before it...
Celebrate African American History Month in February! Visit the Handbook of African American Texas from the Texas State Historial Association that features more than 850 entries about all aspects of African-American life and history in Texas. On February 1, 2016, the Texas State Historical Association will offer a FREE promotional eBook, “Struggle and Success: African Americans in Texas,” on the TSHA website. See...
Educational trunks are loaded with touchable artifacts, photographs, books and a Teacher’s Guide. Trunks are loaned out for 4 days on a first-call, first-served basis. Teachers are responsible for picking up the trunk before 5:00 pm on Friday and returning the trunks no later than 5:00 pm the following Thursday. The trunk is portable, fitting in most vehicles. The teacher who receives the trunk is responsible for...
African Americans have been part of the landscape of Texas for as long as Europeans and their descendants. Spanning a period of more than five centuries, African-American presence began in 1528 with the arrival of Estevanico, an African slave who accompanied the first Spanish exploration of the land in the southwestern part of the United States that eventually became Texas. While African Americans have been...
A worksheet on Texas Geology. 
A blank Texas outline map from the Texas Almanac.
The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association. Please see the introductionfor further details.
This document provides dates and descriptions of the major eras of Texas history as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills which took effect in fall 2011. The information was compiled by TSHA staff and vetted by qualified historians.
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...
Published since 1857, the Texas Almanac provides a wealth of information about Texas history, economics, geography, and culture. Though the majority of content is contained in the printed book, its companion web site contains significant information including town, city, and county information and an extensive archive of back issues.
An article from the Handbook of Texas Online on how Texans take advantage of solar energy.
An article from the Handbook of Texas Online on the impact that irrigation has had on Texas.
An article from the Handbook of Texas Online on religious fundamentalism.
An article from the Handbook of Texas Online detailing the history of religious movements in Texas.
An article from the Handbook of Texas Online on laws governing labor unions in Texas.
Students will select five people from the “Obituaries” section. They will create their own “Hall of Fame,” focusing on these possible categories — artists, community leaders, educators, government officials, merchants, and sport figures. For each person selected to the “Hall of Fame,” students should choose one of these activities — write a one-sentence tribute, design a tombstone, or write a rap eulogy.
Using “Highway Miles, Construction, Maintenance, Vehicles” and a blank grid (Appendix), students will construct a bar graph that reflects the number of vehicles registered in his/her county and nine other nearby counties. Students will use a blank grid (Appendix) and the “Motor Vehicle Crashes, Losses in Texas” chart to construct a bar graph. They will select one year from each decade listed and graph the numberof...
Students will read information about Public Schools and complete a chronology and timeline activity. Students will research their school’s TAKS scores, dropout rates, and attendance rates. In small groups, students will brainstorm strategies that can be implemented to improve their school’s scores/rates. Strategies will be presented to the class and to the principal.
Using a Texas County Map (Appendix) and the most recent census data on http://www.texasalmanac.com/population/, students will color code counties according to population categories. Students will select their hometown or a city in their county and construct a line graph reflecting the population changes from 1850 to...
Using the Weather section, students will create and produce a documentary and/or PowerPoint on weather conditions and events of the most recent year available. Students will include maps, graphics, written content, and human interest anecdotes. Students will research safety precautions for home and school regarding destructive weather conditions and report to the entire class on their plans. Students will assume the...
Students write a short essay explaining significant earthquake locations in Texas. Include in the essay the destruction caused by the earthquake, loss of life or injuries, and economic devastation. Students will create an annotated timeline. They will choose 20 earthquake dates and create a color illustration for each. Timeline annotation must include day, month and year of occurrence, what happened, and location.
Students will answer questions. They will then compose an e-mail to a pen pal in another country explaining how Claudia Lady Bird Johnson became a beloved Texas symbol.
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