Spanning the centuries and the breadth of Texas from the Rio Grande to the Sabine River, a “royal road” connects the present to the past. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail was designated as part of the National Trails System by the U.S. Congress in 2004, but its story started far earlier, as a series of routes laid...
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Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 11:08am
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 1:10pm
Dozens of arrows, 22 feet tall, pierce the landscape of the Panhandle Plains. They commemorate Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanche (Nʉmʉnʉʉ), and the territory called Comanchería where his people lived. Parker was the son of a Quahada Comanche man and a white woman, a heritage that made a lasting impact on his life.
His mother was Cynthia Ann Parker, who was famously...
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 4:50pm
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion
To this day, the Republic of Texas captures the imagination of people across the globe. On March 2, 1836, the founders set in motion a series of events which created an identity that transcended politics and still lasts with us.
Some of the Republic’s most legendary locations—San Jacinto Battleground, Washington-on-the-...
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 3:34pm
From wartime service to seeking civil rights, African Americans have been shaping Texas for hundreds of years. Heritage destinations across the state showcase stories of outstanding bravery, caring for one’s community, and more. In this online presentation, representatives from five organizations share the histories of their sites and how the public...
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:50am
Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission state historic sites.San Felipe de Austin
Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and its museum share the stories of early...
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 9:00am
This year is presenting new opportunities to explore activities and travel throughout the Lone Star State. Many of our state historic sites have expansive grounds that offer both heritage tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities. Explore several healthy activities available for visitors.
In La Grange and Washington, you can stretch your legs and experience...
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 8:31am
As Texans continue to seek creative ways to explore our state safely, the Texas Historical Commission is offering ideas for some great destinations for a picnic while learning about our state’s history. Grab a picnic basket and go off the beaten path to explore these scenic spots across the state with unique stories.
Austin – Mount Bonnell
Rising 775 feet above sea...
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 1:46pm
By Farah Merchant, THC Preservation Scholar
German immigrants initially sought sanctuary in Texas from political and religious persecution. Many settled in the Hill Country, where the climate paralleled their native country. German Texans influenced life in the Lone Star State—they brought classical and opera music, breweries, biergartens, and their language. The German legacy...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 1:49pm
When San Antonio visitors venture beyond the River Walk area, they find a remarkable range of heritage tourism sites in a fascinating city that’s downright ancient by Texas standards.
San Antonio’s origins are tied to the 1718 San Antonio de Bexar Presidio and the nearby village of San Fernando de Bexar, chartered in 1731 by a group of Canary Islanders. Spain...
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 5:07pm
Settled by Native Americans, conquered by Spaniards, then included as part of Mexico, this region is rich with history and culture. This part of North Texas was also home to several legendary Texans, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sam Rayburn, and Sam Bell Maxey—their stories are each told at a Texas Historical Commission state historic site in the area.
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