Past Institutes

Westward Expansion

On January 30–31, 2019, Humanities Texas held two one-day workshops in Dallas and Fort Worth on the westward expansion of the United States in the nineteenth century.


At the workshop, faculty and participants examined topics including innovations in transportation and communication, Manifest Destiny, the Mexican War, and American Indian resistance. The program featured 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.


Workshop faculty included Juliana Barr (Duke University), Daniel Feller (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville), John L. Larson (Purdue University), and Jennifer L. Weber (University of Kansas).

Location and schedule

Download the schedules for the Dallas workshop and the Fort Worth workshop. The Dallas program took place at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, while we held the Fort Worth program at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


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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