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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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The Pluck of the Irish

The Emerald Isle Comes to the Lone Star State

PAGEANTRY In a vividly colored scene (above) from the Easter Pageant of Junction, high priests pass judgment on Jesus.
Calvary in the Hill Country

Viewing the site, it’s easy to imagine a rocky, brush-strewn hill outside Jerusalem. Looking up,…

With Strings Attached

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

Talking Tombstones

In 1955, Corpus Christi police were on guard against people digging at the historic Old…

Putting Words to Photographs

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

World Class Folk Art

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

Local Loyalty – with an Epic Name

There’s no need to wonder about the company’s name, printed over the picture of a…

Big Smiles and Catfish for Miles

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

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Square Dance Across Texas

Think back to elementary school. The prospect of gym class may have had you thinking…

Official State Sea Turtle of Texas

In 2013, science teacher Katie Blaser led the “Green Team” of fourth graders at Galveston’s…

Traders of the Caprock

COMANCHEROS! The name elicits a sense of Old West Danger and adventure even today, but…

Preserving Tradition and Promoting Culture at Asia Times Square

At the Pearl, one group of diners converses animatedly in Vietnamese. At the next table…

Edith W. McKanna, Scurry County’s Pioneer Aviator

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

Amarillo by Evening

Since its founding in 1887 as a Panhandle cowtown and rail hub — perhaps along…

Bluebonnets

Texans revere wildflowers with great devotion, but we hold in our hearts none as high…

Gentleman’s Gunslinger

Clay Allison claimed, “I never killed a man that didn’t need it.” Known as a…