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Jim Woodrick from the Texas History Snippets blog has created a valuable resource for classrooms and anyone interested in Texas history. Through the Digital Interactive Map, users can click on locations and roads that were significant to the history of Texas. Specifically, the site includes content from the Spanish Colonial Period, Mexican Texas, the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and Texas in the late...
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.
The purpose of this lesson is to have students understand the reasons for Spanish settlement of the El Paso valley in Texas, events that transpired there, and what life was like for Indians and Spanish settlers. Students will work in cooperative groups to view examples of rock art, research the culture that produced it, and write a short, guided essay describing the rock art’s origins.
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...
One of the largest special collections in the nation among schools of Southwestern’s size, the Edward A. Clark Collection was a gift of more than 2,400 volumes donated in 1965 from the private collection of Ambassador Edward A. Clark. It is rich in printed materials for the period of the Republic of Texas, the annexation of Texas by the United States, and Reconstruction. Also included in this collection are a number...
This is a secondary source designed by Humanities Texas that include excerpts from the report of Lieutenant Neil M. Howison in 1846. If historical documents are passports for time travel, there is no better embarkation point than the stacks of the National Archives. On dimly lit shelves, gray Hollinger manuscript boxes and bound volumes preserve countless handwritten reports, petitions, and letters spanning more...
This is a project developed through the generous support from the Humanities Media Project at The University of Texas at Austin's College of Liberal Arts, the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, and the Department of History. This website offers a digital visual history of Matagorda County by photographing archival documents and historical sites in the region. It expands on contemporary understandings...
This article provides an overview of the History of Public Education in Texas from the Texas Education Agency.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the Spanish origin of Tejanos in the formation of Texas, and their part in the independence of Mexico from the rule of Spain. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina describe the life of Emma Tenayuca, one of the leading labor organizers in the country. She played prominent roles in both the creation of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and the 1938 Pecan-Sheller's Strike. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina share the history of the Compañías Volantes, a civilian cavalry unit that patroled the frontier of Texas during the Spanish era. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina illustrate the contributions of José de La Luz Sáenz, a Mexican American soldier during WWI, who wrote a diary of his experiences. He was also a founding member of the LULAC organization and a civil rights activist. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
The Tejano Monument commemorates Tejano contributions to the state of Texas. Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina chronicle the creation of the monument and describe its features. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the background of the Handbook of Tejano History project and their work with the Texas State Historical Association. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Site Manager, Cody Mobley, explores the history of the Post Headquarters and the Sergeant Major’s Office at Fort McKavett State Historic Site. Cody explains how the building developed and changed over time, as well as, the various business conducted in the rooms of the building. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Several officer quarters are still standing at For McKavett State Historic Site. Cody Mobley, Site Manager, shares the history of the Officer’s Quarters, which were first constructed in 1852 and finished by 1856. He also explains that the Commanding Officer's Quarters served as a hotel, a boarding house, and a private residence. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Cody Mobley, Site Manager of Fort McKavett State Historic Site, examines the structures where most of the support activities at the Fort took place. Among the structures still standing are the Schoolhouse, the Hospital, and the Stone Quarry. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Fort McKavett was established in 1852 by the 8th United States Infantry, and the barracks were constructed by 1853. Cody Mobley, Site Manager of Fort McKavett State Historic Site discusses Barracks #4, the Non-Commissioned Officer's Barracks, and the ruins of the Long Barracks. The fort barracks are preserved as they would have looked during the 19th century. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State...
Cody Mobley, Site Manager of Fort McKavett State Historic Site, shares the history of the fort. Founded on March 14, 1852, the fort housed the federal military, including elements of the 4th Infantry, all four regiments of the Buffalo Soldiers, and the 10th Infantry among others. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
State Historian Bill O'Neal concludes his session by taking live question and answers after his Texas Revolution talk. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
State Historian Bill O’Neal talks about the battle of San Jacinto, the concluding military event that deemed the Texas Revolution victorious over Mexico. He shares specific statistics, tactics, and motivations that pushed the Texans to victory in only 18 minutes. Houston came out as the hero after the battle of San Jacinto when he captured General Santa Anna. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State...
State Historian Bill O’Neal talks about the Runaway Scrape that occurred after the fall of the Alamo. The Runaway Scrape refers to the flight from their homes of Texans when Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began his attempted conquest of Texas in February 1836. The first communities to be affected were those in the south central portions of Texas around San Patricio, Refugio, and San Antonio. The people began to leave...
Bill O’Neal discusses the fall of the Alamo and deaths of many Anglo Texans including William Barrett Travis, James Bowie, and others who fought to the death. He explains how the fighting only lasted 90 minutes, and comments on the aftermath and casualties on both sides. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
State Historian Bill O’Neal describes James Bowie, giving a brief history of his accomplishments in Texas and his role in its history leading up to the Texas Revolution. Bowie was a major figure who fought in The Battle of the Alamo and explained his efforts and courage that motivated many Texas to continue fighting against Mexican forces until their final victory at The Battle of San Jacinto. He also talks about...
State Historian Bill O'Neal introduces the battle of the Alamo, considered an iconic call to arms in the Texas Revolution and a shrine to Texas liberty. O'Neal describes how a small presidio mission established in 1718 by Franciscan missionaries in San Antonio became a source of Texas martyrdom and pride. O'Neal also introduces some of the main figures who played an important role, including Antonio Lopez de Santa...
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