Past Institutes

Texas History: Spanish Texas through the Civil War

On October 5, 2012, Humanities Texas and the Witte Museum held a one-day workshop in San Antonio for fifty-four Texas history teachers covering Spanish Texas through the Civil War.


Topics addressed included Spanish Texas, the Mexican national period, the Republic of Texas, early statehood, and Texas during the Civil War.

The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers received books and other materials. 

Content was TEKS aligned, with particular emphasis placed on newly added or revised standards.


Workshop faculty included former state historian J. Francisco de la Teja (Texas State University); Juliana Barr (University of Florida); Walter L. Buenger (Texas A&M University); Caroline Castillo Crimm (Sam Houston State University); and Robert Wooster (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).

Program and Resources

Our October 2012 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

Location and Schedules

The workshop overview includes the program schedule and participants. 

Sponsors and partners

This workshop was held in partnership with the Witte Museum and 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

Workshop participants gather at San Antonio's Witte Museum.
Jesús F. de la Teja, former state historian of Texas, Humanities Texas board member, and Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos, analyzes maps of Texas during the Spanish colonial period with a group of teachers.