Celebrating Texas History Month & Women's History Month

March promises to be one of the most exciting months of TSHA’s 120th anniversary. Not only will we be honoring the contributions of Texas’ most influential historical figures during our celebrations of Women’s History Month and Texas History Month, we will be launching a number of new projects and initiatives at our Annual Meeting. During the month, we will be promoting great content such as the new Handbook of Houston, our eBook series, the Road to the Texas Revolution and Women Across Texas History, and our latest Texas Talk on the Alamo. Additionally, there will be exciting ways to support TSHA while we hold our Annual Meeting and participate in the Texas Independence Relay. Below you will find more information on each of these projects, but expect much more from us throughout the month of March!
TSHA kicked off the month of March with our 121st Annual Meeting, March 2nd-4th. After convening on March 2, 1897, Texas Independence Day, the founders of TSHA laid the foundation of our organization, and members join together at this meeting every year for three days of sessions on all aspects of Texas history, awards, and lively events. Learn more
In 2015, through the generous underwriting of the Houston Endowment, Inc., TSHA partnered with the Houston History Alliance to begin work on a project that would explore the culture and history of Houston. Now, we proudly launch the Handbook of Houston, a regional extension of the Handbook of Texas, at our Annual Meeting and its accompanying FREE eBook, Houston: Past, Present, and Progress. Explore the people, culture, and events that shaped one of the nation’s most vibrant cities and gain a deeper appreciation of Houston. Learn more
Who will be the Top Texan in Texas history? Sixty-four famous Texans face off against each other in the ultimate battle of Texas pride. Make your prediction for who will come out on top with the General Land Office’s (GLO) Top Texan Tournament. The Grand Prize for first place brackets includes a hardcover edition of the Texas Almanac 2016-2017 and even a one-year membership to TSHA. Learn more
The Texas Independence Relay is a 200-mile long relay race starting in Gonzales, where the first rumblings of the Texas Revolution occurred, and ending at the San Jacinto Monument, where Texas Independence was finally won. For the past four races, TSHA has competed to benefit the Handbook of Texas, we encourage you to support Team TSHA in our fifth year! Learn more
Speaking of Texas Independence, have you traveled the Road to the Texas Revolution? In this series of seven FREE eBooks, you can get a closer look at the Texas Revolution and the battles and people that forever changed Texas history. This month, walk the footsteps of the 59 delegates who met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to draw a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in our 5th eBook, Washington on the Brazos. Then, dive into the Goliad Campaign of 1836, which helped inspire the Texan victory at San Jacinto, later in the month with the 6th eBook in the series, Goliad. Learn more
In addition, we are delighted to present “The Alamo: Fallacies and Canards” on March 6th, an episode from our Texas Talks series that will explore the facts and the fiction of the Alamo and its legacy. Join us as Dr. Bruce Winders and Dr. Stephen Hardin discuss new research and views of the last twenty years of Alamo history. Learn more
Last but certainly not least, besides being Texas History Month, March is also Women’s History Month. The number of women – pilots, activists, oil magnates, writers, scientists, ranchers, daughters, sisters, and mothers – who have affected the history of our state is vast as the Texas landscape itself, and there are many more notable female figures just waiting to be discovered. Introducing the Handbook of Texas Women. Led by Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky of Texas A&M Commerce, we are excited to announce this project that will shed light on the numerous women who have affected Texas history and culture. Texas women make Texas history, and through the Handbook of Texas, these women will be illuminated all in one, searchable place for FREE! Learn more