Teaching children and learning as an adult is something that should not be contained to a classroom. The world is an amazing resource for gaining insight, empathy, and knowledge. Texans looking to expand their perceptions and facts should all know about the virtual museum perfect for pandemic times: TexasBeyondHistory.net. TBH is for everyone to access and is provided as a service of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Begun in 2001, TBH is in partnership with the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University as well as 15 other organizations.
TBH aims to share and interpret the results of archeological and historical research conducted on Texas’s cultural heritage. On the website, information plus images encompass a legacy that extends for millennia. Evidence of cultures is gathered from rocks, remnants, and remains from ‘prehistory’ times, then from 1528 onward (when Spanish explorers came to the region) through the use of drawings and written documents. The entire state is represented, from Brownsville-Barril to Buried City, and from McFaddin Beach to Firecracker Pueblo. Learn the secrets of Sha’chahdínnih, the Empty Saddle at the Mulberry Springs, and fishtail sandals! This is truly a wonderful, effective way to learn about the history of the many cultures of our state.
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TexasBeyondHistory.net tells the history of Texas’s native peoples, as well as history of the Spanish, French, Mexican, and Anglo explorers, missionaries, soldiers, miners, traders, and settlers here. The stories of black freedmen and women, Mexican-American laborers, and German farmers are also presented to all who visit the site. The Kids Section of TBH is designed around the concept of making learning fun. Great games, a fun mascot (Dr. Dirt, the armadillo archaeologist!), and even prehistoric poop are all there. Lesson plans for teachers are also available for download. Four new lessons have recently been added to connect with the latest TBH exhibit, Life after Slavery: Investigations of a 19th-Century Farmstead. Check out this incredible resource today!