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John L. Nau III

Words used to describe John L. Nau III include successful business executive, inspiring leader, citizen…

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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THIS ISSUE

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…

LIFE

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UP, UP AND AWAY While hot-air balloon events can be found all across the Lone Star State, the cities of Abilene, Canton, Longview, and Plano go all out and up each year. | iStock/ Getty Images
Balloons Over Texas

Get in and go, or just enjoy the glow

Costumes of the Americas Museum

A celebration of color, shape, and texture greets the view of visitors to a unique cultural…

Hometown Historians

Joe Holley, Paula Allen and Joe Herring all learn something new about something old every…

Pipes of Plenty

Churches big and small fill up across the state each Sunday with devout worshipers. Sunday…

Movies Under The Stars

Just about any Texan will tell you — there’s nothing quite like the Texas sky,…

Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway

“Woody Use To Live Here Too” reads the T-shirt I once snagged for $10 at…

Poetry keeps cowboy heritage, values alive

Perhaps, no figure in the world is more iconic than the American cowboy. Working cowboys…

World Class Folk Art

Gently tucked in a bend of the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio, the…

LOCAL

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John Worth Cloud’s The Legend of Old Stone Ranch

“. . . On a high hill overlookingOld Stone Ranch, a cemeteryWith a single grave…

The Elissa

In 2005, Gov. Rick Perry designated Elissa the official Tall Ship of Texas. She was…

Sobriety and Sainthood

“Our colonists and Villagers, having no whisky on which to wast[e] time and taxation,” read…

Texian Valor

There is a huge struggle underway to create a space in the urban landscape of…

Charmed Life

Kerrville, in the Hill Country, is known for its beautiful landscapes, galleries, boutiques and rivers.…

Baylor’s Browning Library Brings Poetry to the Heart of Texas

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? One…

High Country Highway

“I doubt if any 75 miles of more beautiful country could be found in Texas.”…

The Mysterious Lady in Blue

In1629, walking across the barren Southwest desert of Texas and New Mexico, approximately 12 Jumano…