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Ms. Jo Ann Stiles

4150 Crow Road, #3
Beaumont, TX 77706-7022
(409) 899-3281
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Topics of Expertise

Mexican Colonization
Texas Revolution
Republic of Texas
Early Statehood
Western Frontier Texas (1840-1880s)
Petroleum Industry
Business and Economic
Turn of the Century (1880s-1920s)
Texas' Role in 20th Century Events
Texas Government and Politics

Presentations

1. German Immigration into Texas in the Years of Early Statehood

Summary: The German immigration to Texas in the years before the Civil War will be discussed with emphasis on the backgrounds of the new arrivals and their response to the coming war.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.2(A), 4.4(A), 4.7(A), 4.8(A), 4.8(C), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(B), 4.12(A), 4.12(C), 4.19(A), 4.19(B), 4.19(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.1(A), 7.2(B), 7.2(C), 7.5(A), 7.11(A), 7.19(A), 7.19(B), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Length: 1-2 hours
Appropriate Audience: Elementary (9-11 yr olds), Middle School (11-14 yr olds), High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Nothing special, other than a microphone in a large room

2. Oil in 20th Century Texas

Summary: A discussion of the impact of the oil industry on 20th century Texas' social, economic and political life.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.5(A), 4.7(A), 4.12(A), 4.12(B), 4.13(B), 4.20(A), 4.20(B), 4.20(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.6(A), 7.7(A), 7.7 (B), 7.10(B), 7.12(A),7.12 (B),7.12 (C), 7.13(A), 7.13(B), 7.13(C), 7.20(C), 7.20(D), 7.20(E), 7.20 (F), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Length: 1-2 hours
Appropriate Audience: Elementary (9-11 yr olds), Middle School (11-14 yr olds), High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: VCR

3. Oil In Texas: The Early Years, 1865-1910

Summary: A look at the early search, culminating in the great Spindletop gusher of 1901 and the subsequent discoveries before WWI.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.5(A), 4.7(A), 4.12(A), 4.12(B), 4.13(B), 4.20(A), 4.20(B), 4.20(C), 4.23(A), 4.23(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.6(A), 7.7(A), 7.7 (B), 7.10(B), 7.12(A),7.12 (B),7.12 (C), 7.13(A), 7.13(B), 7.13(C), 7.20(C), 7.20(D), 7.20(E), 7.20 (F), 7.23(A), 7.23(B)
Length: 1-2 hours
Appropriate Audience: Elementary (9-11 yr olds), Middle School (11-14 yr olds), High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: VCR, but not necessary

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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