Projects That Need Your Support

At TSHA, our mission is to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas. Through our publications and education programs, we strive to ensure folks of all ages discover their past to better inform their future. We want to help set students up for scholastic success, provide the means for scholars to conduct and publish new research into our state’s past, and allow all who share your passion for Texas history to freely access quality material on the Lone Star State’s past.

We need your help to accomplish these ambitious goals. You provide the means to complete new projects, publish historical materials, and improve Texas history education for the state’s youth. With your support, we will work together to ensure Texas history retains a prominent place in the hearts and minds of students and adults across the state and beyond.

  • Handbook of Texas

    The Handbook of Texas is a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) that is free and accessible on the Internet for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public. The Handbook consists of overview, general, and biographical entries focused on the entire history of Texas from the indigenous Native Americans and the Prehistoric Era to the state’s diverse population and the Modern Age. These entries emphasize the role Texans played in state, national, and world history. The TSHA continuously expands the Handbook through multi-year spinoff projects that focus on diverse topics to preserve all Texans’ history. In 2016 the Handbook website experienced 10,454,137 page views with 4,657,707 unique users from 201 countries and territories, making it not only a Texas resource, but a global one.

  • Handbook of Dallas-Fort Worth

    As the Texan population continues its shift away from smaller rural towns to larger urban epicenters, a deeper, more complex, and more accurate account of Texas history that highlights the central importance of the state’s urban past becomes increasingly important. Approximately 85% of the Lone Star State’s population lives in an urban area, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex represents the largest share of these Texans. As a result, the contributions of metroplex citizens to the fields of business, politics, and science will only grow, and a thorough record of the state’s urban transformation is needed to document this historic impact.

  • Handbook of Texas Medicine

    The Handbook of Texas Medicine project is led by Texas medical historian Dr. Heather Wooten, a member of the faculty at  the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is joined by an Executive Advisory Committee of doctors, professors, scholars, librarians, archivists, and authors, who assist with various aspects of the project. The project covers a medical landscape that is far-reaching and diverse.  Existing Handbook entries include notable biographies, overviews of prominent healthcare facilities, and details of epidemics within Texas communities. New Handbook entries will expand our collective knowledge of folk practices, alternative medicine, rural health, quackery, veterinary medicine, dentistry and other specialties, space medicine, technology, public health movements and health care legislation. This important scholarship will contribute to a greater understanding of the past while providing valuable context for present-day issues and crises.

  • Handbook of Texas Women

    The Handbook of Texas Women is a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) that is free and accessible on the Internet for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public.

  • Education Initiatives

    The TSHA program on education began in 1939, and it continues to encourage and improve the teaching of history—especially Texas history—in the schools of Texas. The combined programs of educational services reach an approximate annual figure of 130,000 elementary, secondary, and college students and 700 educators.

  • Senior Scholar Fund

    The Senior Scholar Fund is the driving force behind the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and serves to promote the research that goes into our history-focused journal.


These projects need your support in order to thrive. If preserving our state's history is important to you, please consider choosing a project above to support, or make a donation to our 501(c3) organization below. A recurring donation of just $10 or more per month will help us to continue our mission to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and complex history of Texas, and by example and through programs and activities encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material on the State of Texas.

There are many ways to give and show your support for Texas history. Please visit our Ways to Give page to find out how. Please, Make a Contribution Today »

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