Past Institutes

The Civil War Era

On February 15 and 16 2017, Humanities Texas held one-day teacher workshops in Dallas and Houston focusing on teaching the Civil War Era.


Faculty lectures addressed topics such as the slave trade, the sectional crisis, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

More than 100 teachers attended the workshops, which 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 Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Daniel Feller (The University of Tennessee), Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), and Jennifer L. Weber (The University of Kansas).

Locations and Schedules

DallasFebruary 15, 2017The Old Red MuseumSchedule
HoustonFebruary 16, 2017Bayou Bend Collections and GardensSchedule


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

Call 512.440.1991 or email

Michael Les Benedict, professor emeritus of history at Ohio State University, leads a primary source seminar in Houston.
Workshop participants of “The Civil War Era” gather on steps inside the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens in Houston.
Jennifer L. Weber, associate professor of history at The University of Kansas, examines primary sources with educators in Houston.
Andrew J. Torget, associate professor of history at the University of North Texas, gathers with workshop participants to analyze historical documents in Dallas.