From June 11–14, 2013, forty-eight Texas classroom teachers gathered on the University of Houston campus 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 institute keynote presentation was delivered by Bancroft Prize winner Woody Holton of the University of South Carolina.
Also among the Houston institute faculty were Heather Cox Richardson of Boston College; Michael Les Benedict of The Ohio State University; Erika M. Bsumek of The University of Texas at Austin; Jesús F. de la Teja of Texas State University; Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas; and University of Houston scholars Jeremy Bailey, Steve Deyle, James Kirby Martin, Raúl A. Ramos, and Eric Walther.
Charles Flanagan, director of educational programs at the Center for Legislative Archives, served on the institute faculty and provided participants with facsimiles of historic documents that support the teaching of U.S. history and government.