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This is an event sponsored by the Museum of South Texas History. Join the Museum of South Texas History for the conclusion of a three-night adventure, Summer Nights at the Museum, in which the museum’s signature Rio Grande Legacy exhibition comes to life. The final night will feature River Crossroads gallery with hands-on activities, try-on costumes and games. MOSTHistory Puppet Theater will also perform “I Used to...
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 primary document part of the online exhibit Texas 175: A Dozen Documents That Made a Difference featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This is an online copy of the original letter written by William Barrett Travis from the Alamo on February 24, 1836. At the Alamo in San Antonio, then called Bejar, 150 Texas rebels led by William Barret Travis made their stand against Santa Anna's...
This primary source is part of the exhibit Texas 175: A Dozen Documents that Made a Difference featured online by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This original color design sketch by Peter Krag shows the flag and seal for the Republic of Texas. It was approved on January 25, 1839, and signed on the top by Mirabeau Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas; John M. Hansford, Speaker of the Texas...
This is a primary source that is part of the online exhibit of Texas 175: A Dozen Documents that Made a Difference. This is a letter written by Sam Houston and is held at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Historians still debate Sam Houston's strategy in taking the Texan army on a retreat eastward towards Louisiana rather than engaging immediately with Santa Anna's troops after the Battle of the Alamo...
This primary source is a map and part of the Texas 175: A Dozen Documents That Made a Difference, an online exhibition featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This map of Texas from 1836 shows not only the geography of the new nation, but the location of Indian tribes and villages and herds of of wild horses, cattle, and buffalo. News of the Texas Revolution caused a sensation among people back...
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 is a primary source featured by the Portal to Texas History online. This is a book of the journey of Coronado, the conquistador. This book is part of the collection entitled: Texas History Collection and was provided by UNT Libraries to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 11003 times , with 59 in the last month. The translations included in the...
This is a primary sources located online through the Portal Of Texas History. This book is part of the collection entitled: Texas History Collection and was provided by UNT Libraries to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 13817 times , with 27 in the last month . More information about this book can be viewed below. The book was published by A.S. Barnes...
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 video documentary about one of the Harry Ransom Center's most famous and frequently borrowed art works, Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). The video documentary features interviews with curators and installers, the video narrates the painting's return to the Ransom Center, its unpacking and assessment, and finally, its installation on the first floor.
This is an in depth article on the generous donation of $25,000 by the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR) for the conservation of Stephen F. Austin’s Registro, or Register of the Old 300, and several other related land grant documents from the Archives of the Texas General Land Office. The article explains that: Under the leadership of State Regent Joy Dabney Hagg, the TSDAR helped conserve...
This is a map held at the Texas General Land Office of the British Empire in North America. It is a map of the British Colonies at the time of the American Revolution appeared in the most important 18th-century atlas of America, Dunn’s A New Atlas of the Mundane System and other imprints. This map was engraved with a hand-colored outline.
This is a primary resource found at the Texas General Land Office. It is a map of the North America circa 1776. This is a copper-engraving map that shows all of North America, except for the undetermined far northwest, plus Central America and the top of South America, and the West Indies. The “XIII United States” are named on the map, and there is a table designating the ownership of the various lands and islands....
This is a primary resource. It is a map found at the Texas General Land Office in the General Map Collection. The Map was donated by Katherine Staat in memory of Herbert Christian Merillat. The map's full title is: "A New Map of North America with the West India Islands divided according to the preliminary Articles of Peace, signed at Versailles, 20 Jan. 1783."
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 highlights John C. Logan and his contributions to Texas History. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale...
This is an educational video featuring George P. Bush from the Texas General Land Office. This is an interactive video-lesson that lasts 30 minutes. Teachers are encouraged to distribute copies of the primary resources used throughout the lesson to their students. A printable PDF of primary resources and an activity worksheet to be completed prior to the lesson can be downloaded here: http://www.txglo.org/education...
This Lesson plan revolves around pioneer life in Mexican Texas. The opportunity to own cheap, abundant land in Mexican Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Austin’s colony. Mexican authorities, however, did not want just anyone settling their land. In this lesson, you will learn what the Mexican government required of its new settlers and how these expectations might apply to...
This is a lesson plan that highlights Sam McCulloch and his contributions to Texas History. Sam McCulloch came to Texas from the United States as a free black man, but had no rights as a citizen under U.S. law. However, under Mexican law Sam was entitled to citizenship and land grants regardless of his race and status. Sam would become a hero of the Texas Revolution but how would the new government treat Sam? Within...
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. ★...
The goals of this Lesson plan is to identify and describe the characteristics of a commemorative map, summary the purpose of a commemorative map, and plan and create a commemorative map from a topic of theme in Texas History. The rich history of Texas provides us with many opportunities to commemorate our past. Texans honor and celebrate their legacy in many ways with parades, festivals, rodeos and cultural events,...
This lesson plan highlights William B Travis' heroic accomplishment in a way to help students learn. Students will analyze the Travis letter using the DESCRIBE strategy. *Students will be able to discuss and draw conclusions about the purpose and meaning of the letter. *Students will be able to explain larger themes addressed in the letter and how these themes reflected and influenced Texas and American history.
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