Past Institutes

The American Revolution

In October 2018, Humanities Texas held two one-day teacher workshops in Harlingen and Corpus Christi 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. 

HarlingenOctober 3Harlingen CISD Administration BuildingOverview
Corpus ChristiOctober 4Education Service Center Region 2Overview


The workshops were 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

Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University, leads a seminar on the Declaration of Independence in Corpus Christi.

Zara Anishanslin, associate professor of history and art history at the University of Delaware, discusses the roles women payed during the Revolutionary Era at the Harlingen workshop.