As families are creating new routines and learning how to educate students from home, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) is providing free instructive resources and online education about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism as an alternative to visiting a historic site or museum.
Some of the THC online library of resources includes:
• Learning Resources Homepage—A repository of lesson plans and activities for students focused on our state historic sites and topics such as archeology, cemeteries, historical markers, and military history. Also available are activity sheets, coloring pages, word searches, and more!
• Activity Guides – Explore activities for kids that include free coloring sheets from historic Texas travel themes, including the Chisholm Trail and our THC State Historic Sites.
• Texas Time Travel Mobile Tours and Texas Travel Guides - Engage with immersive audio tours, watch short documentary videos, view photo galleries of historic images, explore maps, and access visitor information to plan a future trip.
• Texas Historical Commission YouTube Channel—Featuring scores of heritage travel videos for more in-depth looks at the real stories behind Texas history. Learn about the Vaqueros of South Texas, Speaking German Texan, the Official Longhorn Herd of Texas, and much more.
• Real Places, Real Stories Blog—A full library of posts where readers can experience Texas history. Hop on board the tall ship Elissa in Galveston, take a tour of historic downtown Brownsville, or discover underwater boat wrecks off the South Texas coast.
• To view more resources for students, teachers, and history-lovers to engage with the people, places, and stories of the Lone Star State, go to thc.texas.gov/historyathome.
If exploring THC online content inspires you to plan future travels throughout Texas, please visit texastimetravel.com/planfuturetravel.
Please remember that the entire state of Texas is under a Stay Safe at Home order from Gov. Greg Abbott. Follow the Department of State Health Services guidelines to keep fellow Texans healthy and safe (www.dshs.tx.us/coronavirus).
All THC state historic sites are closed. We look forward to reopening and restoring programming as soon as we can ensure the safety of our visitors.
About the THC: The Texas Historical Commission preserves and operates 31 historic sites across the Lone Star State. From American Indian sites to frontier forts to common and elegant homes and the leaders and statesmen who lived in them, these sites enrich peoples’ lives through history.