Past Institutes

Change in Twentieth-Century Texas

On April 17, 2015, Humanities Texas held a workshop in San Antonio for Texas history teachers covering the state’s history in the twentieth century.


Topics addressed included Texas politics in the 1940s and 1950s, the civil rights movement in Texas, Latinos and Latinas in modern Texas, boom and bust in Texas industry, and the emergence of two-party Texas.

Fifty-four teachers attended the workshop. The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content aligned with the TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Workshop faculty included Nancy Beck Young and Joseph A. Pratt of the University of Houston, Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), Gabriela Gonzalez (The University of Texas at San Antonio), and Chase Untermeyer (former U.S. ambassador to Qatar).

Location and schedule

The workshop overview details the program's schedule and participants. 


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas thanks the Witte Museum for generously hosting the program.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Workshop participants gather at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.
Michael L. Gillette leads a primary source seminar using documents from the NAACP in Texas.