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Star of the Republic Museum

Texas Independence

In early 1836, Texans were involved in a life and death struggle for freedom from Mexico. They sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington, on the Brazos River. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear. Explore this FUN website to discover their heroic effort to create the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS!!!

"Witness This" Curriculum Guide

This is a free curriculum guide on the Grand Jury system in Texas, based on a primary source from the Star of the Republic Museum – the transcript of grand jury testimony in a murder case from San Felipe de Austin in 1840. Guide includes information on the history of the grand jury in Texas, lesson plans, and a script for a classroom re-enactment of the hearing. Developed by Star of the Republic Museum and State Bar of Texas Law Related Education.

Texas Independence

In early 1836, Texans were involved in a life and death struggle for freedom from Mexico. They sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington, on the Brazos River. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear. Explore this FUN website to discover their heroic effort to create the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS!

Colonial Life in Texas

Students will use primary sources to compare and contrast colonial technology with modern technology. Students will then watch the video In Washington Town and identify characteristics of a colonial town. After students have a feel for colonial life, they will examine the events that will lead to the Convention of 1836 in Washington-on-the-Brazos. In closing, students will create a flyer that will encourage others to live in Washington-on-the-Brazos.
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