Thie Week in Texas History, a video series released by the Texas General Land Office, documents significant dates in Texas History throughout the calendar year. In this video, learn about the origins of the Lonestar Texas Flag. The video explores the competing design options of the time period and the origin of the iconic winning design by Texan Charles Stewart.
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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.
An annual conference, established in 2009, which highlights and emphasizes the history of Texas and the role Texans have played in shaping the history of the United States. Each year academics, authors, and enthusiasts gather to discuss themes related to Texas and its place in history. Previous themes include: World War I, The Alamo, The Civil War and The City of Austin.
All public, private and homeschooled students of appropriate age for fourth and seventh grades may participate in the Texas General Land Office’s, “Save Texas History” essay contest.
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 map is currently on loan from the Land Office to the Witte Museum for the collaborative exhibit, Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, until September.
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, to name a few. Some are celebrations, others are solemn occasions of remembrance, and others simply recognize specific topics or historical events.
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 the Archives of the Texas General Land Office are the original land grant documents of a genuine Texas hero. His name was Samuel McCulloch, Jr.