As you know, I'm a HUGE fan of field trips. Texas has so many excellent museums, festivals, and historic places of interest to visit! One of my favorites is the Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. If you're looking for a terrific way to wrap up your year's study of Discover Texas History, this event would be a great idea! The Institute of
March 6th is a somber day for Texans. On this day in 1836 the Mexican president Santa Anna--who had recently tossed out the Constitution, declared himself dictator, and set out with military force to disarm the people of Mexico--attacked his own citizens in the besieged Alamo mission, killing almost everyone inside. It was a horrendous injustice, but the Alamo defenders held out
Sometimes students (and teachers) get the mid-winter blahs. Maybe things got a little crazy after Thanksgiving as you tried to find time for school and holidays. Excited students have trouble focusing. Then after Christmas it can take a while to get back on schedule. A field trip might be just the change of pace you need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, and Spring is a great time of
A LOT of famous Texans were born toward the end of November and the first of December, so we'll have to double up a bit to get them all in. (Having "too many heroes" isn't really a bad thing though, eh?) John Nance Garner IV (known to his friends as "Cactus Jack" because he lobbied for the prickly pear cactus to be Texas' state flower instead of the bluebonnet) was born in
Mission San Juan Bautista, the "Mother of Texas Missions", was founded on the feast day of Saint John, June 24, 1699 as an outreach to the Coahuiltecan people of South Texas. The Franciscans first attempted to build their mission on the Río de Sabinas in Nuevo León, Mexico, but were only able to sustain the effort for a few months. On January 1, 1700 they tried again, this time in
If you homeschool in the Central Texas area or in the Hill Country, we'd love to see you at the 26th Annual FEAST Home School Convention in San Antonio this weekend, June 9-11!
It's odd to me to think of Fleet Admiral (4-star) Chester Nimitz as a barefoot boy or tiny babe born February 24, 1885 in Fredericksburg, Texas...but even great men start out small.
I started not to share this Texas tradition because this year I didn't learn about the Living Nativity display at the First Baptist Church of Burnet until too late this year. I changed my mind, though, and here's why... Though living nativity displays may not be unique to Texas, they are uniquely appropriate to the true Reason for the Season! By posting, I can enjoy a video of
Here are some holiday displays you won’t want to miss! November 25-December 31 A feature city in the annual Trail of Lights that reaches through the Pineywoods into northern Louisiana, the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall, Texas is the granddaddy of them all! Crowned with over 10 million lights, the display begins when Santa Clause arrives at 5:30 the night before Thanksgiving.
A large number of Germans immigrated to Texas in the 1840s and found the farmlands of Central Texas and the Hill Country much to their liking. Ernst and Antoinette Gruene made their way to the newly established community of New Braunfels in 1845 but, finding that most of the choice land was already taken, they and their two sons settled a short way downriver where Ernst built a