Past Institutes

Texas History, 1877–2010

On February 26, 2011, thirty-nine teachers attended a one-day teacher workshop held by Humanities Texas and the Texas State Historical Association in Austin on Texas history from Reconstruction to the present.


Topics addressed included the legacy of Reconstruction in Texas history, Progressive-Era reform movements, boom and bust in Texas industry, the Civil Rights Movement, and the emergence of two-party Texas. Content was aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), with particular emphasis on newly added or revised standards.

The workshop featured close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. The program was designed ultimately to enhance teachers’ mastery of the subjects they teach and to improve students’ performance on state assessments. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Faculty included Randolph Campbell (University of North Texas) former State Historian Light T. Cummins (Austin College), Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), Joseph A. Pratt (University of Houston), Rebecca Sharpless (Texas Christian University), Keith J. Volanto (The University of Texas at Dallas), and Emilio Zamora (The University of Texas at Austin).

Program Resources

Our April 2011 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

Location and Schedule

The workshop overview details the program's schedule and participants.


This workshop was made possible with major funding from the state of Texas and a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Texas History Feb. 2011 Group Photo
Participants gather on the steps of the Byrne-Reed House in Austin.
Chase Untermeyer Lecture
Chase Untermeyer, Humanities Texas board member and former ambassador to Qatar, delivers a talk on the rise of two-party Texas.
Michael L. Gillette and Emilio Zamora Workshop
Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas executive director, and Emilio Zamora (UT Austin) lead a primary source workshop on civil rights in Texas.