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The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has released a new student-directed lesson plan titled "Women on the Move". The lesson plan focuses on the National Women's Conference of 1977, which was held in Houston, TX. The conference was convened with the purpose of drafting a coordinated national plan to ensure gender equality and the protection of the rights of women in the U.S. The lesson plan emphasize the issues...
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has recently released The Henry Kuempel Collection. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image received the films as a donation from the Austin History Center. The collection consists of the home movies shot by Kuempel, Texas resident, from the 1940s and 1950s. The films show a glimpse of the final days of Austin street cars, the early days of Round Up celebrations at the University...
An online, multimedia exhibit which highlights the struggle for Women’s Rights in Texas and the role Texan women played in the greater national struggle.  Uses a combination of interactive applications, documents, photographs, audio, and video to illustrate the progressions, setbacks, and major events in the Women’s Right’s Movement’s history in Texas.
Through the analysis of primary-source archival footage from TAMI’s interactive web exhibit, “Weathering Texas,” students will demonstrate an understanding of extreme weather events in Texas during the 20th and 21st centuries. Teachers will take students in grades 3 - 8 on a “guided tour” of “Weathering Texas,” where students will explore the historical context of certain events and the conditions that made them...
TAMI is happy to release its newest lesson plan, Texas in Transition: Social, Political, and Economic Issues in 1920s Texas. Completely free and full of primary source materials, Texas in Transition uses a project-based learning approach to improve retention of new content and develop students’ personal ties to the past. Accompanying worksheets and an annotated list of resources for additional research are also...
This lesson explores this unique period of growth in the U.S. space program focusing on the role of the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Space Center) and the contributions of workers at the Texas site. Using films produced by NASA and staff at the Manned Spacecraft Center, as well as home movies and other promotional films, students will gain a greater understanding of the developments within the space...
The lumber industry has played a key role in the economic development of Texas since the end of the Civil War. Timber production in East Texas was partially responsible for the rapid growth of railroads in the state, as well as the development of the Texas paper industry and the rise of both residential and commercial building. However, jobs in the lumber industry have been considered as some of the most hazardous...
This lesson plan is sponsored by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. In the 1950s and 1960s in the United States, national support and funding for space programs and technological research expanded as the international political climate following World War II gave way to the Cold War. Often referred to as the “Space Race,” the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union for supremacy in spaceflight...
TAMI is proud to present its newest web exhibit, LA FRONTERA FLUIDA (THE FLUID BORDER). The Texas borderlands are an exceedingly varied and evolving space, one of perpetual conflict and social tension, bi-national negotiation and cooperation, and rich cultural diversity and heritage. At a time when issues like immigration and border security are of increasing political prominence, we must take a closer look at the...
This is an online exhibit featured by the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. Austin's street history truly begins in 1839, just prior to the city's founding, when Mirabeau B. Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas, commissioned his old war-time friend Edwin Waller to survey the site for the new capital city and to oversee its planning and construction. Waller, who had participated in the signing...
This is an online exhibit featured by the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library and highlights Austin history through views of its Capitol. The current capitol, built in 1888, is the fourth building in Austin to house the offices of the Texas government. It is a story of an engineering and construction feat to equal few others of its time, of financial and political maneuvering, of struggle and...
This is an online exhibit from the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. Austin in the early '40s: the population was 114,000; I-35 was yet to be built; the average rent per month was $35; Lyndon Johnson was the congressional representative from this area. Newspaper headlines charted the progress of battles in World War II, and President Roosevelt cautioned that a "long hard war" lay ahead. Smaller,...
This is an online exhibit from the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library and draws from materials form the Jane McCallum Papers and highlights the work of the Austin Suffrage Association and women who played key roles in the movement. The majority of the materials in this online exhibit are part of the Jane Y. McCallum Papers (collection number FP E.4) held by the Austin History Center. Documenting not...
This is an online exhibit from the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. This exhibit, originally displayed in April 1994, was a joint presentation of the Austin History Center and the Heritage Society of Austin. Many thanks go to Heritage Society members Gregory Free and Martha Hartzog for using photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal recollections from the Austin History Center's collections...
This is an online exhibit from the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. It showcases many of "memorable Austin firsts." Austin's history has been filled with events great and small, significant and trivial, historic and amusing. All have contributed to building the city that is first in our hearts. Finding these milestones is one of the pleasures of conducting research in the Austin History Center....
Listen as the accounts of 7 former slaves are brought to life through the voices of talented local actors. These recordings make up just a portion of the full stories recalled by James Grumbles, Marry Anne Patterson, Rosina Hoard, Sallie Johnson, Sallie Wroe, Sam Mason, and William Owens. Today their full recollections and those of 63 other former slaves from Austin and Travis County can be found at the Austin...
This lesson highlights the work of lumberjacks and millworkers, as well as the benefits of the paper industry, the need for conscientious timber stewardship, and the importance of lumber to the Texas economy. Using videos showing different aspects of lumber production and outside research from their textbooks and reference websites, students will analyze and compare depictions of the lumber industry – both those...
William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission’s Military Oral History Coordinator, will teach a workshop designed for people to learn how to conduct, record, and transcribe all types of oral histories, including hands-on training with digital and video recording equipment. It will be held in the Austin History Center, Holt Gallery/Reception Room, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 1 - 4 pm.
Narrated by Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Perez, this 1994 educational video produced by Maverick Video Productions gives a brief overview of Mexican American music, from its historical and cultural influences to its varied musical and dance styles. While Mexican American music abounds in various states across the nation, Selena focuses on Texas and California, highlighting the origins and development of...
There are many ways that people learn about their past, their culture, and their traditions. While much of this knowledge can be gained through books, history and culture can also be passed down through experiences and personal records. One such record that can teach more about the past is the home movie. Home movies enable the engaged observer to learn about ways of life from the not-so-distant past. Styles,...
Through the analysis of primary source archival footage from TAMI’s online exhibit, “When Texas Saw Red,” students will demonstrate an understanding of the Cold War period that spanned nearly half a century. Students will explore the politics of the atomic bomb and the policy of containment, propagated paranoia related to the spread of communism, the nuclear arms race and détente, as well as the fall of the Berlin...
Through the analysis of primary source archival footage from TAMI’s online exhibit, “When Texas Saw Red,” students will demonstrate an understanding of the Cold War period that spanned nearly half a century. Students will explore the politics of the atomic bomb and the policy of containment, propagated paranoia related to the spread of communism, the nuclear arms race and détente, as well as the fall of the Berlin...
For students to become competent researchers and writers, they must understand the distinct differences between primary and secondary sources, which are the building blocks of effective historical research. Many students, including those in higher education, do not understand the importance of varied, accurate primary and secondary sources when conducting research to support valid arguments. This issue inspired our...
Join the Texas Archive of the Moving Image for their online exhibit, Staring the Lone Star State. For over a century, Texas has served as a location for thousands of film productions, from independent features to Hollywood blockbusters. The state has also been home to some of cinema’s most influential players both in front of and behind the camera: Joan Crawford, Debbie Reynolds, Matthew McConaughey, and Robert...
Through the use of primary and secondary source audiovisual materials, students will examine and trace the history and experiences of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest and Texas from the sixteenth to twentieth century. Students will understand how the Mexican-American experience ties to indigenous and Spanish culture by examining the impact of European colonization and settlement on native people in the seventeenth...
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