Past Institutes

The Civil War Era

In February 2018, Humanities Texas held one-day teacher workshops in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Lufkin, Houston, and Austin on teaching the Civil War era.


Faculty lectures addressed topics such as the slavery, secession, turning points of the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

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 Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University), Daina Ramey Berry (The University of Texas at Austin), Albert S. Broussard (Texas A&M University), Daniel Feller (The University of Tennessee), James Sidbury (Rice University), Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), and Jennifer L. Weber (The University of Kansas).

Locations and Schedules

Download the overview for each workshop.

Corpus ChristiFebruary 1Art Museum of South TexasOverview
San AntonioFebruary 2UTSA Downtown CampusOverview
LufkinFebruary 21Angelina CollegeOverview
HoustonFebruary 22Bayou Bend Collections and GardensOverview
AustinFebruary 23Byrne-Reed HouseOverview


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

Call 512.440.1991 or email

Michael Les Benedict, professor emeritus of history at the Ohio State University, examines primary sources with workshop participants in Austin.
Jennifer L. Weber, associate professor of history at The University of Kansas, analyzes the turning points of the Civil War in Corpus Christi.
Albert S. Broussard, former Humanities Texas board member and professor of history at Texas A&M University, explores historical documents with workshop participants in Lufkin.
Daniel Feller, director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson and Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee, provides insight on primary documents in San Antonio.