Past Institutes

Texas Before Statehood


On October 18, 2013, Humanities Texas held a workshop in Dallas for fifty Texas history teachers covering Texas history to 1845.


Topics addressed included Native Americans in Texas, Spanish Texas, Slavery in Texas, the Texas Revolution, and the Republic of Texas. 

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 was aligned with the TEKS, and teachers received books and other instructional materials. 


Worshop faculty included former state historian and Humanities Texas board member J. Francisco de la Teja (Texas State University); Juliana Barr (University of Florida); Raúl A. Ramos (University of Houston); and Andrew J. Torget and Randolph B. Campbell of the University of North Texas.

Program Resources

Our November 2013 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

Location and Schedule

The workshop overview details the program schedule and participants. 

Sponsors and Partners

This workshop was held in partnership with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email

Workshop participants gather at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
Juliana Barr, associate professor of history at the University of Florida, discusses Native Americans in Texas with teachers.