An innovative program in Gonzales will bring together teachers, museum staff and volunteers, scholars, and history enthusiasts to explore new approaches to Texas history. The Gonzales Memorial Museum will host "Texas: The Big Picture Symposium" on January 15, 2011. The public is welcome to attend.

Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja, professor of history at Texas State University and 2011 Humanities Texas board member, will lead the day-long symposium tracing Texas history from the area’s earliest human habitation to the present. The symposium presentations will be organized according to the historical periods outlined in the state’s newly revised curriculum standards, which will be instituted in the 2011–2012 academic year.

  • Joaquín Rivaya-Martinez, Texas State University: "Natural Texas and Its People" and the "Age of Contact."
  • Jesús F. de la Teja, Texas State University: "The Spanish Colonial and Mexican National Periods."
  • Stephen L. Hardin, McMurry University: "Revolution, Republic, and Early Statehood."
  • Rebecca Kosary, Texas Lutheran University: "Texas in the Civil War" and "Reconstruction and Cotton, Cattle, and Railroads."
  • Patrick Cox, Associate Director of the Briscoe Center for American History: "The Age of Oil" and "Texas in the Great Depression and World War II."
  • Dwight Watson, Texas State University: "Civil Rights and Conservatism" and "Contemporary Texas."

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the historic Randle-Rather Building’s third-floor community conference center. For more information, contact Glenda Gordon at 512.924.5850.

The six flags that have flown over Texas.
Francisco Alvarez Barreiro's Plano corographico de los dos Reynos el Nuevo Estremadura o Coaguila y Nuevo León showing the provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Texas in 1729.
Oil derricks at Burkburnett, Texas, 1920. Image courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.