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.
World War I was the most destructive confilct the globe had ever seen. Cities, building, and roads were destroyed and the soldiers who participated died from wounds and disease. Austin Oberwetter, a Texan soldier from the 23rd Engineers, documented the conflict with his camera and lived to share his experiences. Oberwetter's collection of photographs along with the accompanying captions he penned will be on display at the The Heritage Society Museum Gallery from Wednesday, February 21, 2018–Saturday, April 28, 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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Author Mike Cox is slated to speak to the Austin History Center Sunday Jan. 14th on his new book titled "Legends & Lore of the Texas Capitol". The book tells the story behind the construction, mysteries, and significant events that have taken place at the iconic Texas State Capitol. Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is free on Sunday afternoons in the old library parking lot and on nearby streets. "Legends and Lore of the Texas Capitol" will be available for sale at the event and the author will personally sign your copy of the book.
The Museum of South Texas History invites Texans from across the Rio Grande Valley to participate in the new Bi-monthly program, Winter Texan Wednesday. The program is designed to introduce visitors to the museum galleries through a tour by museum staff. Visitors will then be invited to listen to a lecture on a designated topic in the courtyard gallery. The next event will be January 10th from 3PM-4PM. The lecture topic will be Citrus in the Rio Grande Valley and will feature Neil Cassidy, expert on the Valley Citrus Industry.
TSHA hosts the Exploring Texas Workshop Series every year. Teachers in attendance can receive professional development credit for attending sessions with accessible historical content and pedagogical advice from renowned scholars, respected classroom practitioners, and organizations with expertise in the fields of history, geography, economics, civics, and skill building.
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".