Linden Heck Howell Texas History Initiative

The Linden Heck Howell Texas History Initiative was established in memory of Ms. Howell, former member and chair of our state humanities council Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history. Ms. Howell served on the Board from 1996 to 1999, during which time she made significant contributions to the vitality of not only the Texas council, but also the national Federation of State Humanities Councils. Her commitment to the humanities inspired family, friends, and colleagues alike.


Following Ms. Howell’s death, Humanities Texas inaugurated the Linden Heck Howell Memorial Fund with leadership gifts from her husband, J. William Howell of Portland, Texas, and both the Heck and Howell families. The fund supports two Humanities Texas programs:

Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award

Each year, one teacher of Texas history is selected to receive this prestigious award. The winning teacher receives $5,000, with an additional $500 for his or her school for the purchase of instructional materials supporting Texas history.

Linden Heck Howell Texas History Grant

These grants of up to $10,000 are made to Texas educational and cultural organizations to support the development of K–12 instructional materials focusing on Texas history. Humanities Texas will next accept applications for the Howell Grant through September 15, 2018. (Download the application instructions.) Previous Howell grant recipients include:

2010

My Texas History Notebook Awards. The University of North Texas Library held a competition among teachers to develop online lesson plans featuring primary source documents available through the Portal to Texas History. Awards were presented in three categories: interactive lesson plans for dual language learners, interactive lesson plans, and primary source sets.

Texas in Transition: Railroads, Oil, and the Rise of Urban Texas, Texas State Library and Archives. In partnership with ESC 20, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission created primary source-based lesson plans exploring that period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Texas was transformed from a predominantly rural state into a modern industrial power.

2008

Texas Music History Online. The Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University added a series of video documentaries to Texas Music History Online (TMHO), a website for educators, researchers, and tourists exploring the state’s musical heritage. The documentaries, which feature different facets of Texas music history, are aimed at Texas middle and high school students and supplemented with lesson plans, primary sources, and suggested additional readings.

2006

A New Deal for Texas Parks. Working with the Texas State Historical Association and The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Parks and Wildlife developed an educational website documenting the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas.

2018 Howell Texas History Grant

Humanities Texas invites proposals for instructional materials focusing on Texas history. Deadline: September 15, 2018. Download the application instructions.

Questions about Teaching Awards

Call 512.440.1991 or email ota@humanitiestexas.org.

Questions about Grants

Call 512.440.1991 or email grants@humanitiestexas.org

Linden Heck Howell
Linden Heck Howell. Photo by Humanities Texas.
Melodie Cuate
2007 Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History award recipient Melodie Cuate of Edinburg's Canterbury Elementary School and U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa.