From June 10–13, 2013, fifty Texas classroom teachers assembled at the LBJ Presidential Library for "America at War: From the Colonial Era to 1877," an institute examining American military conflicts through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics addressed included the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War, the Pueblo Revolt, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Indian wars in the Southwest, and secession and the Civil War.
The Austin institute keynote lecture was delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood of Brown University.
The institute faculty also included Jesús F. de la Teja of Texas State University; Eric Hinderaker of the University of Utah; Heather Cox Richardson of Boston College; Daniel Walker Howe of the University of California, Los Angeles; Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee; Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas; and The University of Texas at Austin scholars H. W. Brands, Erika M. Bsumek, George B. Forgie, and Robert Olwell.
Educational specialists Charles Flanagan of the National Archives, Stacy Fuller of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Heather Pesanti of AMOA-Arthouse guided teachers in using historic documents and works of art to teach U.S. history.