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The Seven-Million-Word Man

“Prolific” cannot begin to describe Mike Cox, the celebrated Texas author of more than 30…

Remember the Alamo?

It’s an odd-looking set of buildings. A single story convento and a broken church (it…

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San Jacinto: The Battle and the Monument

The San Jacinto Monument is a towering tribute to a spectacular military triumph. The Battle…

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Celebrating Local History

There are a limited number of “official” Texas state historic sites, but every downtown has…

Texamination: State Historic Sites

How well do you know Texas? Test your knowledge of Texas history and heritage in this interactive quiz.

Get Out & Get Into Texas History

Wanna get away? Of course you do—we’ve all been a bit stir crazy! The question…

State Historic Sites of Texas

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has among its archival holdings collections that document…

Monti Goodin: Preserver of Panhandle Heritage

Monti Goodin sits in the kitchen of her home located just down the road from…

Bringing History Home

Sometimes it is hard to relate to individuals who lived in the past when all…

Putting Words to Photographs

When you step onto the grounds of Fort McKavett, you are met with a sense…

Tortillas and Tradition

If you were to poll a group of Texans about what they are most passionate…

Historic Treasures of Ancient Texas

Texas has an impressive collection of historic properties and sites that offer a glimpse into…

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Acts of Faith

Beginning in the 1840s, the proliferation of faith-based colleges and universities in Texas — and…

Serving Up History with Comfort Food

When planning a road trip during the 1920s, travelers had to do some careful planning. …

Big Smiles and Catfish for Miles

Take a drive down Interstate 20 (I-20) in Parker County, and at the Brazos River…

With Strings Attached

As long as there have been guitars and other stringed instruments, there’s been a need for…

Brewing Up Flavor

About 20 miles north-east of downtown Dallas, Bankhead Brewing Company is serving as the flagship…

Minding the Fort

When the Republic of Texas became the 28th state in 1846, the responsibility for defending…

Farley Boat Works

The Fine Art of Wooden Craft

The Pluck of the Irish

The Emerald Isle Comes to the Lone Star State

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Elegance on the Bay

Sitting prominently along Aransas Bay in Rockport, the Fulton Mansion has stood tall and majestic…

Edith W. McKanna, Scurry County’s Pioneer Aviator

Suddenly, the name Edith Whatley McKanna is big news again. It was decades ago when…

Spanish Colonial

Nowhere along the Texas border with Mexico will visitors experience so accessible an inventory of…

Little Engines that Can

There’s a real charm to hopping onboard a miniature train, from the wonder they inspire…

TOP GUN Perhaps the most widely recognized Navy fighter, thanks to its starring role in Top Gun, the F-14 Tomcat served as an advanced interceptor and air superiority fighter. | Courtesy Fort Worth Aviation Museum
Preserving our aviation heritage at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Ever since the first airplane flight in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 12, 1911, aviation…

A Tejano Treasure

It’s a somewhat-hard-to-find oasis in the shadow of downtown San Antonio, but those who do…

The Guitar

If American vernacular music has an archetypal instrument, it’s certainly the guitar, and there’s no doubt…

Keep up to speed with Midland’s racing legacy at the Petroleum Museum’s Chaparral Gallery

Imagine formula race cars in Midland, Texas! But it’s not such a stretch when you think about…