Past Institutes

Change in Twentieth-Century Texas

On March 22, 2017, Humanities Texas held a workshop in Galveston for Texas history teachers covering the state’s history in the twentieth century.


Topics addressed included Texas at the turn of the twentieth century, boom and bust in Texas industry, the civil rights movement, and the emergence of a two-party Texas.

Forty-four teachers attended the program. 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 Alwyn Barr (Texas Tech University), Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), Gabriela González (The University of Texas at San Antonio), Joseph A. Pratt (University of Houston), and Chase Untermeyer (former U.S. ambassador to Qatar).

Location and schedule

The workshop took place at the Bryan Museum in Galveston. Download the workshop schedule.


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Michael L. Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas, gathers with educators to examine historical documents in Galveston.
Gabriela Gonzalez, associate professor of history at The University of Texas at San Antonio, leads a seminar on primary sources in Galveston.
Chase Untermeyer, Humanities Texas board member and former U.S. ambassador to Qatar, delivers a speech on “The Rise of Two-Party Texas” in Galveston.