Past Institutes

Topics in Twentieth-Century Texas History

On April 19, 2018, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Fort Worth for Texas history teachers covering the state's history in the twentieth century.


Faculty lectures addressed Texas politics from 1930 to 1960, boom and bust in Texas industry, significant women in twentieth-century Texas, and the civil rights movement.

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 instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.


Workshop faculty included Alwyn Barr (Texas Tech University), Michael L. Gillette (Humanities Texas), Gabriela González (The University of Texas at San Antonio), Joseph A. Pratt (University of Houston), and Rebecca Sharpless (Texas Christian University).

Location and Schedule

The program took place at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Download the workshop schedule.


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

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Participants of the “Topics in Twentieth-Century Texas History” workshop gather in the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
Alwyn Barr, professor emeritus and former chair of the history department at Texas Tech University, speaks on Texas politics from 1930–1960.
Gabriela González, associate professor of history at The University of Texas at San Antonio, discusses Latinos and Latinas in modern Texas with educators in Fort Worth.
Michael L. Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas, presents a lecture on the Civil Rights Movement in Texas.
Joseph A. Pratt, Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston, engages with workshop participants in Fort Worth.
Rebecca Sharpless, associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, delivers a lecture on significant women in twentieth-century Texas in Fort Worth.