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Included in the celebration of Dream Week in 2018, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is providing visitors a chance to imagine the every day life of Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers were regiments of African American soldiers in the post-Civil War era who scouted and mapped Texas lands; protected settlers, traders and the mail; installed telegraph lines, and carried out dozens of other tasks. At the event,...
The Museum of South Texas History invites Texans from across the Rio Grande Valley to participate in the new Bi-monthly program, Winter Texan Wednesday. The program is designed to introduce visitors to the museum galleries through a tour by museum staff. Visitors will then be invited to listen to a lecture on a designated topic in the courtyard gallery. The next event will be January 10th from 3PM-4PM. The lecture...
TSHA hosts the Exploring Texas Workshop Series every year. Teachers in attendance can receive professional development credit for attending sessions with accessible historical content and pedagogical advice from renowned scholars, respected classroom practitioners, and organizations with expertise in the fields of history, geography, economics, civics, and skill building.The next event in the series is the...
On Jan. 28th, 2018, the Museum of South Texas History presents a talk by Dr. Joe Chance from 2:00PM-3:00PM as a part of the Sunday Speaking Series. Dr. Chance is a 5th generation Texan and has lived in Austin and the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Chance was previously a professor of mathematics and is the author of several books about Valley History. Date:January 28Time:2:00 pm - 3:00...
The Museum of South Texas History presents the Soy de Tejas exhibit until February 1, 2018. The Soy de Tejas exhibit traces the development of Conjunto music, which emerged as Tejano workers adopted the accordian from German and Czech immigrants in the 20th century. Tejanos blended the sounds of the accordian with their bajo sexto guitar to produce the signature Conjunto genre. Visitors...
On Sunday, January 14th, the Museum of South Texas History presents a talk by Dr. Carlos Cantu concerning the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) conference held in December of 1969 at La Lomita Monastery in Mission, Texas. The presentation is a part of the Sunday Speaking Series. Dr. Cantu will discuss the role that this particular MAYO conference played in defining new expressions of ethnic...
The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park has recently released a short video documenting the accomplishments of Ninfa Laurenzo. Ninfa Laurenzo, with the support of her husband and family, popularized fajitas in Tex-Mex restaurants and set numerous other trends in Houston food culture during the 20th century. Later in life, Laurenzo became very active in Texas politics. HAM slice #47 traces Laurenzo's life and legacy...
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission offers a lesson plan exploring the effects of railroads in Texas on population and industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plan prompts students to explore the transformative effects of the railroad on El Paso. First, students compare a 19th century and a 20th century depiction of El Paso to discern the changes that occurred during the period. Then...
Trammel’s Trace tells the story of a borderlands smuggler and an important passageway into early Texas. Trammel’s Trace, named for Nicholas Trammell, was the first route from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. From the Great Bend of the Red River it intersected with El Camino Real de los Tejas in Nacogdoches. By the early nineteenth century, Trammel’s Trace was largely a smuggler’s...
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) aims to support educators to effectively teach the next generation of students about major Genocides in history and leading up to modern day. These Genocides may include the Holocaust and events in Cambodia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Sudan (Darfur), and the Middle East (Iraq and Syria). In 2018, the THGC will present a monetary award of $1000 to one educator...
2018 marks the 300th anniversary of San Antonio. To commemorate the occasion, the Alamo presents the Tricentennial Educator Workshop Series. The series of workshops will cover the eras of Texas History from 1400-1836. Specifically, the series will focus on the significant role of the Alamo over the 300 years of San Antonio history. The intended audience for each workshop is educators and CPE credit hours are offered...
The one-day 2018 Region 4 Social Studies conference will be held on January 27th, 2018 for all Social Studies teachers, supervisors, and coordinators. The conference aims to deliver best practices for the 21st-century social studies classroom. Major themes at the conference will be technology applications, instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners, differentiation, and effective assessment. The...
In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary. In participation with the celebration, the Alamo will be presenting the Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series. The series will feature talks and lectures by different experts each month. Each speaker will shed light on the people, events, and themes that have shaped the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and Texas. The first lecture will be...
We are one month away from the San Antonio Tricentennial. In an effort to promote San Antonio history, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. Lesson plans are available for students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. These lesson plans cover topics in San Antonio...
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. In this lesson, students create a visual timeline of the life of Tejano activist Emma Tenayuca and another visual timeline about a Tejano activist of their choosing. The lesson helps students to gain skills in developing research questions and research...
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. In this lesson, students investigate maps, photographs, and readings in order to understand mission life during the Spanish colonial period. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the significance of missions in the early history of the...
In a recent release of the Texas Originals podcast by Humanities Texas, the story of Lorenzo de Zavala is documented. Zavala had a strong commitment to fighting oppression. Zavala was a leading official in the Mexican government under Santa Anna in the early 19th century, but he began to disapprove of Santa Anna's consolidation of power in Texas in the 1830s. At this time, Zavala became a prominent...
In a recent release of the Texas Originals podcast by Humanities Texas, the story of Lorenzo de Zavala is documented. Zavala had a strong commitment to fighting oppression. Zavala was a leading official in the Mexican government under Santa Anna in the early 19th century, but he began to disapprove of Santa Anna's consolidation of power in Texas in the 1830s. At this time, Zavala became a prominent...
The staff at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site will host An Evening of Caroling on December 16th from 6PM-8:30PM. The event will include an abbreviated version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the 3rd annual Community Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long, candy cane crafts, and hot cider and cookies. The event is an opportunity to sing old holiday favorites and new ones. Please come dressed for the weather...
The Texas Land Title Association, Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission have partnered together to present Real Places 2018. The event will include addresses by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas writer Joe Nick Patoski, preservation economist Donovan Rypkema, and others. Entertainment will be provided by Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel) and the...
James Harkins from the Texas General Land office presents an early photographic map of Austin in 1887 and a map used by Stephen F. Austin during the Mexican National period. Harkins explains the way in which maps were used by empresarios to advertise to settlers.  Harkins also explains the way in which maps demonstrate change over time.
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...
The Texas Navy Association has recently released How the Texas Navy Saved the Revolution, a 22-minute video source documenting the role of the Texas navy in the Texas Revolution. The film advances the mission of the Texas Navy Association to present the history of the Texas Navy to Texans and non-Texans alike. The resource is FREE to teachers who complete a short survey at https://texasnavy.org/TeachersFilmRequest...
Visit UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures from December 16, 2017 - March 11, 2018 and experience The Will to Adorn exhibit.  The exhibit presents the discoveries of high school students who participated in the Smithsonian Center’s course on “African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity”. African American high school students documented the influence of the African American dress by visiting shops,...
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures presents the Winter Celebrations around the World event. The event will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. The Winter Celebrations Around the World event highlights the winter holiday experience in cultures around the globe. AYUSA Global Exchange students will showcase displays on winter celebrations in their home countries. At 2:00PM, the Our Lady...
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