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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.
 An annual free daylong cultural and educational event of speakers, programs, demonstrations, music, and exhibits which expand on a different theme each year.  This event is reminiscent of the old Chautauqua held in Waxahachie 1900-1930.   This event is held on September 30 every year at the Historic Chautauqua Auditorium and the surrounding area in Waxahachie, Texas.
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 collection contains roughly 70 interviews of Baytown residents which reflect the history of Baytown. This collection was created between 1968 to the early 1980s. The Baytown Oral History Collection includes stories on the following Texas topics: History of the Humble Oil & Refinery Co., Hurricane Carla, the Great Depression, a Baytown Lynching, History of (Middletown) Pelly, History of Baytown’s...
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...
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 book is about the Pecan shellers strike in San Antonio. On January 31, 1938, some 10,000 pecan plant workers walked off their jobs in San Antonio. The strikers — primarily Mexican-American women — were fed up with toiling in the city’s stuffy, tuberculosis-inducing pecan-shelling plants, shredding their fingers for 6 cents a pound. Activist Emma Tenayuca, nicknamed “La Pasionaria” for her fiery personality,...
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.
Women and the Rangers: Mothers, Wives, & Daughters. The words “Texas Ranger” do not usually call to mind the picture of a woman, yet women have played an important part in the history of the Rangers. They have been mothers and grandmothers, sisters and daughters, sweethearts and wives, aunts and nieces, friends and foes. Women were also commissioned as Special Rangers in the 1920s – 1940s, with one even...
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell traces the process that Dora Shaw went through while applying for a pension as a widow of an African American Confederate veteran. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
After the Civil War, Confederate veterans turned to the state government to provide pensions for their services. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell explains the Confederate pension system in Texas. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell uses primary research to tell the story of Guy Shaw, an African American who lived in Harrison County and received a Confederate veterans' pension. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Join TSHA Chief Historian Randolph “Mike” Campbell as he reveals an untold story he uncovered while researching for his book, A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas 1850-1880. “Texas Confederate Veteran Pensions: The Curious Cases of Guy and Dora Shaw of Harrison County,” focuses on the complex race relations in East Texas following the Civil War. Dr. Campbell uses primary archival sources to tell...
Following the Civil War, race relations in east Texas were complicated. Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell offers insight into how these relationships are viewed. 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.
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.
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...
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