Middle and high school teachers interested in expanding their understanding of Texas history and folklore can enjoy two professional development opportunities this summer funded in part by Humanities Texas.

Texas: New Land, New Life

From July 23–25, 2012, San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures and the Texas General Land Office will provide teachers with an in-depth exploration of immigration and migration to Texas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While examining the factors that drew various cultures to Texas, teachers will use primary source materials such as maps, land grants, letters, oral histories, images, and artifacts to develop interactive and technology-driven lessons that compare and contrast experiences of immigration and migration and that bring the stories of Texans to life.

Stories from Deep in the Heart

Texas Folklife's 2012 summer institute will take place in Austin from July 30–August 10, 2012. Over the course of this intensive fellowship in radio documentary production, professional producers, journalists, and folklorists will guide participants through the production of short radio documentaries and oral histories on themes related to folklife. The "Stories from Deep in the Heart" summer institute is part of an ongoing series of workshops for teachers and students in Central Texas schools intended to strengthen ties between members of the community and establish ongoing dialogue on diverse cultural traditions.

Please note that these programs are not administered by Humanities Texas. For more information, contact the Institute of Texan Cultures or Texas Folklife.

1833 map of Coahuila and Texas. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.