Past Institutes

The American Revolution

In the fall of 2017, Humanities Texas held three one-day teacher workshops throughout the state focusing on teaching the American Revolution.


Topics addressed included the colonies' growing separation from Britain, the Declaration of Independence, turning points of the Revolutionary War, and women in the Revolution.

The workshops 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 secondary social studies TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.


Workshop faculty included Denver Brunsman (George Washington University), Woody Holton (University of South Carolina), Bill Meier (Texas Christian University), and Zara Anishanslin (University of Delaware).

Locations and Schedules

Download the schedule for each workshop. 

Fort WorthSeptember 27Fort Worth Museum of Science and HistoryOverview
DallasSeptember 28Dallas Institute of Humanities and CultureOverview
San AntonioSeptember 29The Witte MuseumOverview


The workshops are made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Bill Meier, associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies at Texas Christian University, leads a discussion on primary sources during a seminar in San Antonio.
Educators engage in a seminar examining primary sources in San Antonio.
Zara Anishanslin, assistant professor of history and director of the American Civilization Program, analyzes primary documents with educators in San Antonio.
Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at The George Washington University, answers questions from workshop participants in Fort Worth.
Woody Holton, Bonnie and Peter McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, conducts a seminar discussing historical sources in Dallas.