Note to Teachers: This pdf contains a compiled collection of historical moments in our town's past geared for West's elementary age students. The highlights of our local history are presented with factual details, photographs, and graphics to help the students visualize how West began and progressed since its first settlers arrived in 1850.
Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
Texas Storytime is a program organized by Humanities that promotes childhood literacy and the support of parents and caregivers. The program partners with community libraries across the state and features works from Texas authors that celebrate the diverse cultures around the state. The program will occur for six weeks at the Centennial Branch of the Midland County Public Library beginning February 8, 2018, and concluding March 15, 2018.
Not Even Past presents the spring film series, Faces of Migration. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and will be followed by an audience discussion about the themes and questions raised by each film. Specifically, the films will examine the needs, desires, and challenges that migrants face around the globe. Sharing stories and experiences will be encouraged. The films may provide relevence to contemporary and historic migration issues in Texas.
Join the LBJ Library on Feb. 21, 2018 from 8:30am-3:30pm for a teacher workshop on the history of minority voting rights in the United States. Experts on the subject will present and time will be allotted for teachers to utilize the National Archives DocsTeach platform to create lesson plans. Additionally, the LBJ will provide classroom resources for teachers. Bring your own device, preferably a laptop, to use during the event. CPE credit will be awarded.
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The cattle drive from Texas to Railway stations in Kansas was a way for upwards of 9,000 black cowboys to make a living in the latter half of the 19th century in Texas. To commemorate this history, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is hosting "The Chisholm Kid," a traveling exhibit from the Museum of UnCut Funk with additional content on the historic Chisholm Trail from the Texas Historical Commission.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission offers a lesson plan exploring the effects of railroads in Texas on population and industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plan prompts students to explore the transformative effects of the railroad on El Paso. First, students compare a 19th century and a 20th century depiction of El Paso to discern the changes that occurred during the period. Then, students explore secondary source material that documents the development of the railroad and the accomplishments of the El Paso economy in the 20th century.
In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary. In participation with the celebration, the Alamo will be presenting the Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series. The series will feature talks and lectures by different experts each month. Each speaker will shed light on the people, events, and themes that have shaped the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and Texas. The first lecture will be delivered by the Alamo’s own Historian and Curator, Dr. Bruce Winders, on Saturday, January 27 and will be titled "300 Years of Alamo History".
We are one month away from the San Antonio Tricentennial. In an effort to promote San Antonio history, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. Lesson plans are available for students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. These lesson plans cover topics in San Antonio history from the Spanish frontier to modern emerging workforce industries. The resources include many important primary source images, maps, and drawings.
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.
Get ready to take an ENTERTAINING and EDUCATIONAL stroll through TEXAS HISTORY while learning some FUN TEXAS FACTS along the way!!
A TWO PART book. The first part is a rhyming and witty story that touches on some of the history of Texas while also introducing the importance, meaning and symbols that are relevant in our state. The second part includes 28 fun Texas facts mixed with more knowledge of fundamental elements such as the Texas pledge and our state song.