Illuminating Texas History Since 1897

TSHA has proudly served Texas children, educators, historians, and the general public for the past 120 years by fostering the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas. Celebrate with us by enjoying our special 120th Year Anniversary webpage, where we will update you on what we are highlighting each month during this momentous year. Join us in commemorating 120 years of illuminating Texas history!

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, continuously published since 1897, is the premier source of scholarly information about the history of Texas and the Southwest. The first 100 volumes of the Quarterly, more than 57,000 pages, are now available Online with searchable Tables of Contents.

Printed copies of the Quarterly are a benefit of membership in the Texas State Historical Association and are widely available in public and private libraries.

  • 2015 award for best article on state, provincial, or territorial history in North America
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The Handbook of Texas

The Handbook of Texas was the brainchild of past TSHA President Walter Prescott Webb, who boldly declared it would be “a reference to practically any topic on Texas history.” The initial Handbook was published as a two-volume set in 1952, with a supplemental volume published in 1976.

Today, the Handbook is entirely online and includes more than 27,000 encyclopedic entries on the influential people, eras, and events of Texas history. Its staff of editors continuously works to add and update entries to ensure its accuracy and comprehensiveness.

The Handbook Staff also curates and publishes our eBooks, which include content from the Handbook and our other acclaimed publications. Our online eBook catalog is updated with each new release and allows you to download every eBook currently available for free.

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Texas Almanac

The Texas Almanac is a biennially published reference work providing information for the general public on the history of the state and its people, government and politics, economics, natural resources, holidays, culture, education, recreation, the arts, and other topics. Detailed information on each of the state's 254 counties is provided, along with analytical essays on a variety of topics unique to each edition; for example, topics in the 2016-2017 edition include a history of Lone Star cuisine and a look at the big business of Texas vineyards and winemaking.

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Teacher Workshops

The Exploring Texas Workshop Series offers timely, high-quality, professional development for Texas history educators. Teachers learn directly from experts in the field on topics required in the state standards and provided resources proven to increase student engagement.

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Texas Quiz Show

The Texas Quiz Show is a 4th - 8th grade student competition that tests their knowledge of Texas history, geography, and culture. Students across the state compete each March to celebrate Texas History Month and qualify to play in the live show - a fun, fast-paced game show recorded in Austin.

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Texas History Day

Texas History Day, an affiliate of National History Day, is a year-long academic program centered on research, interpretation, and creative expression. More than 60,000 Texas students research and present various types of historical projects for competition at the local, regional, state, and national level.

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Old Stories, New Voices

Old Stories, New Voices, an award winning intercultural youth camp for students ages 10-12. It allows students to participate in traditional crafts, historical trades, and complete multiple mental and physical challenges that require both independent camper participation and team work for success

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