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In a life of firsts, Barbara Jordan won a lasting legacy

This is an article that includes a report and video published by the Houston Chronicle Newspaper on Tuesday June 7, 2016 on the legacy of Barbara Jordan. The video depicts live footage of Barbara Jordan speaking at the 1976 Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden. She was the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at a major party convention.

Slave Narratives Audio Records

Listen as the accounts of 7 former slaves are brought to life through the voices of talented local actors. These recordings make up just a portion of the full stories recalled by James Grumbles, Marry Anne Patterson, Rosina Hoard, Sallie Johnson, Sallie Wroe, Sam Mason, and William Owens. Today their full recollections and those of 63 other former slaves from Austin and Travis County can be found at the Austin History Center. The stories were collected by Alfred E. Menn in 1937 as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration.

North Texas Masonic Historical Museum And Library

This is a newspaper article on the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum and Library located on the first floor of the Plano Masonic Lodge. It provides a brief history of the building, its beginnings and what it represents for the community and for Texas at Large. The article is also calling for assistance in the restoration and preservation of the historic building that houses the museum.

Women Across Texas History

This is the new E-book from the TSHA. TSHA presents the first in a new series of free eBooks Women Across Texas History that highlights important contributions women have made to the history of the Lone Star State. This first FREE eBook of the Women Across Texas History series, Volume 1: Nineteenth Century and Before, features biographies of women who represented women’s public and private roles including: First Nation Indian woman, guide, and interpreter, Angelina. Free woman, former slave, and Texian landowner, Tamar Morgan. Texian matriarch, landowner, and Stephen F.

Richard Allen's Oath of Office, April 26, 1870

This is a primary document. It is the Oath of Office document of Richard Allen, one of Texas' first African American Legislator. Richard Allen (1830–1909) was born enslaved in Richmond, Virginia, and arrived in Harris County with slave owner J. J. Cain in 1837. As a young man, Allen gained a solid reputation for construction and engineering work, and designed and helped to build the impressive Houston mansion of Joseph R. Morris, a shipping investor who was elected as the city’s mayor in 1868.

Bet You Didn't Know: Texas

This is a fun short and informative documentary on the history of Texas by the History Channel. The documentary talks about the following: Spanish missionaries were the first European settlers in Texas, founding San Antonio in 1718. Hostile natives and isolation from other Spanish colonies kept Texas sparsely populated until following the Revolutionary War and the War of Mexican Independence, when the newly established Mexican government began to allow settlers from the U.S. to claim land there.

Texas Pioneer Women: Legacies

This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with Dr. Jean Stuntz from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: From San Antonio to the Panhandle: Texas Pioneer Women. Texas Pioneer Women: Legacies Women like Frenchie McCormick, Mary Jane Alexander, Molly Goodnight, and many who worked in the church and in other women's clubs, are discussed, particularly as they relate to the Panhandle area in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Texas Pioneer Women: Spanish Era

This is part of the Texas Talks with Dr. Jean Stuntz from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: From San Antonio to the Panhandle: Texas Pioneer Women. In this video Dr. Stuntz begins her talk on pioneer women at San Antonio, and describes the lives of women in Texas in the 17th and 18th centuries. She reveals the rights women were granted under Spanish law, including land ownership.

A Guide to the Hood’s Brigade, 5th Texas Regiment, Company I Muster Roll, 1862-1864

The Hood’s Brigade, 5th Texas Regiment, Company I Muster Roll, 1862-1864, contains an original copy and photocopy of the 4-page muster roll for Company I of the Fifth Texas Infantry Regiment of Hood’s Texas Brigade. The muster roll contains a list of members with rank and casualty record while the regiment was under the command of Confederate officer Jerome B. Robertson. This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman, December 1964. Hood’s Brigade, 5th Texas Regiment, Company I Muster Roll, 1862-1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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