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4th Grade

Sunday Speaker Series

The Museum of South Texas History began the Sunday Speaker Series of the New Year in January with a talk by Joseph Fox about Lone Star beer’s 1970s marketing campaign. Upcoming talks feature the evolution of women's fashion and Confederate and Union Tejanos. The Sunday Speaker Series features talks that span various aspects of Texas history and culture. The series is free with regular admission into the museum. The Museum of South Texas History was founded in 1967, and preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

A Witness to Westward Expansion

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 If historical documents are passports for time travel, there is no better embarkation point than the stacks of the National Archives.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 than two centuries.

Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democractic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era

This book is about the Pecan shellers strike in San Antonio. On January 31, 1938, some 10,000 pecan plant workers walked off their jobs in San Antonio. The strikers — primarily Mexican-American women — were fed up with toiling in the city’s stuffy, tuberculosis-inducing pecan-shelling plants, shredding their fingers for 6 cents a pound. Activist Emma Tenayuca, nicknamed “La Pasionaria” for her fiery personality, spearheaded the strike. In an era when the voices of Mexican Americans and women were routinely silenced, Tenayuca was an unlikely leader.

Guide for Lesson Plans: Excerpts from Curriculum Guide for Texas History

The goal of this guide is to enhance your students’ visit to the exhibit A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican War. The lessons were excerpted from Curriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History, which is available for download at http://www.sanjacintomuseum.org/Education/For_Teachers/. Lesson documents are in PDF format for ease of downloading, but Word versions are available to teachers on request to insure modifications are simple for classroom use. Related images are at https://sanjacintomuseum.smugmug.com/CurriculumGuide in the 4B Texas Annexation and 4C-Statehood sections.

Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Archive

Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Archive is a resource uploaded by the University of North Texas. The Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) Archive contains materials donated by TXSSAR State Organizations, TXSSAR Local Chapters, and TXSSAR members and their families. It covers over a century of materials, from bound volumes of original membership applications through current board of managers meeting minutes.

Texas in Transition: Social, Political, and Economic Issues in 1920s Texas

TAMI is happy to release its newest lesson plan, Texas in Transition: Social, Political, and Economic Issues in 1920s Texas. Completely free and full of primary source materials, Texas in Transition uses a project-based learning approach to improve retention of new content and develop students’ personal ties to the past. Accompanying worksheets and an annotated list of resources for additional research are also provided. The 1920s was a period of rapid development and urbanization in Texas.