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Dr. Janet Schmelzer

Department of Social Sciences
T-0660
Stephenville, TX 76402
(817) 821-0899
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Topics of Expertise

Farming Industry
Business and Economic
Turn of the Century (1880s-1920s)
Texas Government and Politics

Presentations

1. Origins of Nursing Education in Texas

Summary: Presentation looks at the development of the standards of Nursing Education and licensing in the early 1900s.
Length: 30-45 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.12(D), 4.12(F), 4.20(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS:7.12(C), 7.20(C)
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

2. Early Twentieth Century Politics

Summary: Presentation looks at the political events from 1900 to 1911, political party development, and political leaders.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.5(A)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.7(A), 7.7(B), 7.7(C), 7.7(D), 7.7(E), 7.7(F)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

3. Progressive Government in Texas, 1900-1911

Summary: Presentation looks at the progressive movement and reform, especially during the governorship of Thomas M. Campbell.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.17(D)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS:7.7(C)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

4. Texas Women in the Military in World War II

Summary: Presentation looks at the role of women in the military. The presentation can be a general discussion of Texas women in the military or a specific discussion of Army Nurses and/or Navy Nurses.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.5(A), 4.5(C)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.7(D), 7.7(E)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

5. Early Years of the Texas Farm Bureau Federation

Summary: Presentation looks at the early development of the Farm Bureau in the 1920s, its leaders, and impact on the status of farmers in Texas.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.9(A), 4.13(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.6(D), 7.7(B), 7.10(B), 7.13(A)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

6. The Texas Railroad Commission, Hogg, Gould, and the International and Great Northern Railroad: Confirming the Powers of the Commission

Summary: This presentation will look at the legal disputes between the Commission and Gould in the 1880s and 1890s and how this dispute was resolved in the courts to the advantage of the Commission.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.12(B), 4.12(E), 4.17(D)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.6(C), 7.9(C), 7.18(A)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

7. Working on the Railroad: Thomas M. Campbell and the International and Great Northern

Summary: This presentation looks at the history of the IGN in the 1880s and 1890s. Campbell worked for the railroad in various positions and learned first hand how railroads operated in the state. He used this knowledge as governor to formulate legislation.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.12(B), 4.12(E), 4.17(D)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.6(C), 7.9(C), 7.18(A)
Length: 45-60 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

8. The Party Test of the Texas Democrats in the 1890s

Summary: Presentation looks at the political background, development, and execution of the Party Test which was designed to keep Populists from voting as Democrats in the 1890s.
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.7(C)
Length: 45-60 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

Areas of Service

Anywhere
Anywhere within Texas
Within 150 Miles of Abilene
Within 150 Miles of Amarillo
Within 150 Miles of Brownsville
Within 150 Miles of Dallas/Fort Worth
Within 150 Miles of El Paso
Within 150 Miles of Houston
Within 150 Miles of San Antonio

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