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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.
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 If historical documents are passports for time travel, there is no better embarkation point than the stacks of the National Archives.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.
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.
This book is the most recent publication from TSHA Press. The book was written by Randolph B. Campbell. “Few academic volumes remain timely and relevant more than thirty years after they were first published. This is one of those exceptional books.”—from the foreword by Andrew J. Torget Historians have published countless studies of the American Civil War and the era of Reconstruction that followed those four years...
Lone Star Legacy is an online journal that details the struggles, existence, and triumphs of trailblazing men and women who have contributed to African-American History throughout Texas. Lone Star Legacy welcomes Poetry, Photographs, Interviews, Prose, Essays, and Journalistic Articles that capture extraordinary stories about everyday people and events connected to the great state of Texas. Lone Star Legacy is...
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...
In this, video Dr. Frank de La Teja takes TSHA members' questions after his presentation "Understanding Spanish Texas through the Life of Fray Margil" in a live presentation from September 28, 2015.
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. 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....
This is an online exhibit featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. It highlights the Texas Presidency and all men who lead Texas to strengthen. On March 2, 1836, when a group of 59 men meeting at Washington-on-the-Brazos declared Texas's independence from Mexico, they did so in an atmosphere of crisis. As they turned their attention to hastily draft a constitution for the new nation they called...
This is a primary online source held by the Texas State library and archives commission. It Features historical records that highlight the history of Texas during the Civil War and under the Rebel Flag. From 2011-2015, the United States commemorates the Sequiscentennial of the American Civil War. Texas was among those states voting to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy in 1861. From the embattled cotton...
This is a primary source found at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In this exhibit, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission presents its collection of historic flags -- forty in all -- for the first time. Information on each flag includes a high-resolution image and the documentation held by this institution. Many of these flags are too large and too endangered to be exhibited or handled....
This is a database for Texas Newspapers that date back to the early 19th century. The Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) partners with communities, publishers, and institutions to promote standards-based digitization of Texas newspapers and to make them freely accessible via The Portal to Texas History. Through continual outreach visits across Texas combined with advanced technological infrastructure and...
This lesson plan was developed from excerpts form the Curriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History and sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History. This particular plan contains two lesson plans that include the following: Lesson Plan: Texas Annexation 1 Lesson Plan: Mexican War and Early Statehood 14 The goal of this guide is to enhance your students’ visit to the exhibit A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican...
This is a compilation of primary sources, mainly early Texas History Maps, organized by the Texas General Land Office. The Texas General Land Office is proud to announce the donation of three more historic maps to our Archives. These maps, donated by Ms. Katherine Staat in memory of her uncle Chris Merrillat, augment our collection of 45,000 maps and sketches and enhance the GLO Archives — one of the premier...
This lesson plan focuses on helping save the documents of Texas History. The study of land grants is interesting because of the stories they tell. Some files contain letters, notes or affidavits that give us a glimpse into the settler’s personal history. A typical land grant file contains the following information: ★ Who settled the land. ★ Why he or she received a land grant. ★ When the settler arrived in Texas. ★...
This is a newspaper article highlighting how the Dayton Historical Society has began research on the history of the rice industry in Liberty County Texas. The Dayton Historical Society took a look Monday night at the rice industry in Liberty County through the eyes of one of the few remaining connections to the grain in the area. Eileen Stoesser told 46 members and guests about the history of rice in America and...
This is the new E-book from the TSHA. TSHA presents the first in a new series of free eBooks Women Across Texas History that highlights important contributions women have made to the history of the Lone Star State. This first FREE eBook of the Women Across Texas History series, Volume 1: Nineteenth Century and Before, features biographies of women who represented women’s public and private roles including: First...
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