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Volume III, Issue 2 What's New? The musical voice of Texas presents itself as vast and diverse as the Lone Star State's landscape. According to Casey Monahan, Director of the Texas Music office, "To travel Texas with music as your guide is a yearround opportunity to experience first-hand this amazing cultural force...Texas music offers a vibrant and enjoyable experience through which to understand and enjoy Texas culture." Using Texas music and artists in the classroom, is a great way to share the vast history and culture of our great state. Building on the work of The Handbook of Texas Music that was published in 2003 and in partnership with the Governor's Texas Music Office and the Center for Texas Music History (Texas State University - San Marcos), the Handbook of Texas Music, Second Edition, offers completely updated entries and features new and expanded coverage of the musicians, ensembles, dance halls, festivals, businesses, orchestras, organizations, and genres that

October 2012 In This Issue What's New? Featured Institution Historian's Corner Featured Lesson Texas History News Texas History News Region VI Texas History Conference Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker Exhibit TSHA Bryan Award Nominations Humanities Texas Howell Award

have helped to define the state's musical legacy.

Nominations Hood's Texas Brigade in 1862 Program Caddo Cullture Day Fort McKavett ca.1853 Program Archeology in the Big Bend Exhibit San Felipe Colonial Heritage Day Houston History Book Fair New TAMI Film Collection 9th Annual Austin Town Event Humanities Texas Travelling Exhibits Energizing Texas History

Featured Institution The Portal to Texas History

Ten years ago Texas history teachers had few options when looking for primary source materials to support their lessons. But now there is a rich reservoir of digital photographs, documents, maps, artifacts, and more that are freely available online through The Portal to Texas History. More than 200 institutions, which include universities, historical societies, private collections, government agencies, and museums, have contributed their collections to The Portal to Texas History. Each day thousands of teachers are discovering ways to use these wonderful resources in the classroom. Among the many treasures in the Portal are photographs of early Texas pioneers and Native Americans, historical maps that document explorers' routes and Indian trails, the transcribed correspondence of Stephen F. Austin, and historical newspapers providing firsthand accounts of events in Texas dating back to 1820. Currently, the Portal has more than 220,000 historical materials that can be searched through a simple search interface with the ability to narrow a search by resource

type, decade, county, or institution. Photographs, maps, artifacts, letters, and personal memoirs all capture students' imagination and bring history to life. Read More... Historian's Corner Included in the Revolution By James L. Haley During the summer of 2012 I was given the job of rewriting the so-called "Hero Tour" of the Texas State Capitol, which the corps of docents will give next spring in the weeks surrounding Independence Day on March 2. While making the tour livelier, I was also instructed to make it more "inclusive." The telling of Texas history, as it evolved over generations, has become a largely white story. In early Texas, of course, Anglos were the majority population and held the larger part of the stage of events. But later decades of racism and Anglocentrism made the story even whiter. Thus over time, AfricanAmerican and Hispanic Texans have become disengaged from the story, unless they come to it with a degree in "revisionist" history and are intent on indicting Anglos in the Texas of old, or vindicating a (perhaps even exaggerated) ethnic narrative. My job was relatively easy when it came to African-Americans. When the revolution opened on October 2, 1835 with the firing of the "Come And Take It" cannon, the Texians

Conference Battles of Concepcion and Bexar Reenactments Meet the Museum Events at Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

suffered no casualties when routing Lieutenant Castaeda's company of dragoons. They did meet resistance when they pushed on to Goliad, and one of their number, Samuel McCulloch, Jr., was grievously wounded by a musket ball in his shoulder. Not many people know that the first casualty of the revolution was a black guy, a free man of color from South Carolina. Read more... Featured Lesson Texas General Land Office As you plan instruction on the Texas Revolution and Republic, make sure to include, The Saga of Sam McCulloch, from the Texas General Land Office. Sam McCulloch was the first person wounded in the Texas Revolution, and fought not only for an independent Texas, but also, as an AfricanAmerican, for citizenship and land rights. This lesson plan includes an autobiography of McCulloch, various primary sources from the Texas General Land Office Archives, document analysis and other useful handouts, and extension activities that your students are sure to enjoy. To see more of the lesson, visit

Texas Insights is a publication of the Texas State Historical Association in cooperation with the University of North Texas.

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