Past Institutes

Topics in Nineteenth-Century Texas History

On October 29, 2015, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in San Antonio for Texas history teachers covering the state's history in the nineteenth century.


Topics addressed included Texas under the Republic of Mexico, Mexican Americans in the Texas Revolution, slavery and the coming of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and nineteenth-century Texas art.

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 was aligned with the TEKS for Texas history. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.


Workshop faculty included Alwyn Barr (Texas Tech University), Carolina Castillo Crimm (Sam Houston State University), Andrés Tijerina (Austin Community College), Andrew Torget (University of North Texas), and Stacy Fuller (Amon Carter Museum of American Art).

Program Resources

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

Location and Schedule

The workshop took place on October 29, 2015, at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. The workshop overview details the program's schedule and participants.


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas thanks the Witte Museum for generously hosting the program.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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During an afternoon seminar, Andrés Tijerina, professor of history at Austin Community College, and a group of teachers examine a translated document entitled “Instructions for the Jueces de Campo of the Province of Texas.”

In his lecture “Slavery, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War in Texas,” Andrew J. Torget, assistant professor of history and director of the Digital History Lab at the University of North Texas, examines the place of antebellum Texas in the national narrative.