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

TSHA offers timely, high-quality, professional development for history educators through its Exploring Texas Workshop Series, by request, and with various partners. Teachers learn from experts in the field on topics required by state standards and are provided resources to increase student engagement.

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Student Historical Societies

Get involved in the actual “doing of history!” The Junior Historians of Texas and the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society offer students hands on experiences with local and state history, each includes an annual meeting, the presentation of student research, awards, and fosters a love of Texas history.

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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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Texas History for Everyone

There is something for everyone at TSHA. From our online competitive quizzes to our Texas Talks webinar program, adults and students can enjoy learning about Texas history and interact with historians and professionals who work in the field. These programs and more are just an easy click away.

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