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The TSHA offers a variety of programs for students at the elementary, middle, secondary and college levels. These programs provide fun and rewarding opportunities for students to dig into Texas history in a meaningful way. A variety of prizes and publishing opportunities are also offered in each program. To help communicate information of value to students, we also offer two fun and informative pages on Facebook, Hitch on to Texas History for secondary students and one for college students associated with our Webb Society program.
Junior Historians is open to all elementary and secondary students through organized school groups or as individual at-large members. Participants are encouraged to learn about the history of their community and state through a variety of activities including: involvement in celebrations and commemorations, field trips to historic sites, working with local museums and heritage societies, or conducting individual or group research on topics of interest. Competitive opportunities for prizes are available for participants in grades 4 through 12 at the Junior Historians Annual Meeting and History Fair held each spring. Selected papers submitted for the history fair are published in the Texas Historian, one of the few journals in the nation dedicated to publishing students' work.
Students may also participate in Texas History Day (grades 6-12), part of the National History Day program. THD is an annual competition in which students demonstrate their knowledge of history through papers, performances, documentary presentations, Web sites or exhibits. If you win at the regional and state levels, you can compete against students from all over the U.S. at National History Day in Washington, D.C.!
Middle school students are also eligible for the Texas Quiz Show (grades 6-8), a game-show formatted competition where schools go head to head to prove who really knows Texas history. After a local competition, teams of six students per school compete at regional contests and the state level held during Texas History Day in Austin. The winning school takes home the first place trophy and bragging rights for an entire year. In addition the state level tournament is recorded and broadcast via the Web and various cable television outlets.
Students at the college level can also actively participate in TSHA. The Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society is a confederation of college-level history clubs that participate in both on and off-campus activities. Chapters meet in the fall and in the spring at TSHA's Annual Meeting to discuss their activities and successes. Students are encouraged to submit papers on Texas topics for the C.M. Caldwell Memorial Writing Awards competition sponsored by the Webb Society. The results may be published in the Society's annual journal, Touchstone.
Students of any age can participate in Texas History Quizzes, an online Texas history challenge. Do you know which Fort Worth college was originally founded in 1873 by Addison and Randolph Clark as Add-Ran College? How about the name of the Texas town that was the site of the first rodeo to award prizes? Answers to these questions and many more may be found in the Texas History Quiz Archives. TSHA has a number of online resources for students to find the answers to such questions and much more, including the Handbook of Texas Online, the Texas Almanac, and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
For questions about specific programs, or how to get involved, contact the Educational Services Division.