Posts About Stories of Texas History

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On the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II, the Texas Historical Commission highlighted the leadership of four individuals with ties to Texas who helped bring about victory.

This presentation focuses on those four leaders and their contributions to the largest mobilization of American military and economic resources in the nation’s history. 

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By Farah Merchant, Preservation Scholar, Texas Historical Commission

As one of the last states to inform enslaved people of their freedom, Texas shares an interesting relation with its Black residents. Many locations across Dallas share and preserve the community’s undertold Black history and activism, including churches, schools, and museums.

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM DALLAS...

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By Rachel Galan, Assistant Site Manager, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

It is a comfort in uncertain times to know that some things are certain. Recognizing ideas and beliefs that are universal creates unity among communities, easing feelings of isolation and fear. All the wild, beautiful, and sometimes unruly plants growing around us offer comfort through universal themes...

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sam houston

By Bryan McAuley, San Felipe de Austin Site Manager

Texans and visitors to our great state have long shared a fascination with the story of Texas’ independence from Mexico. It’s chock-full of larger-than-life historical figures, intense political and military conflicts, and amazing stories of ordinary people experiencing extraordinary things.

These iconic images share a...

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By Rachel Galan, Assistant Site Manager, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

In this time, when we are asked to draw in and make our worlds smaller, when groceries are sometimes hard to come by, and we are trying to minimize our trips to public places, I’ve noticed people’s focus and interest return to foraging for wild food and medicine, gardening, and other homesteading activities...

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The battlefield of San Jacinto is the site of the final, shocking, and decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. Gen. Sam Houston and his army of about 1,000 Texian soldiers routed Gen. Santa Anna’s 1,400-man army—in just 18 minutes.

Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's...

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King Ranch Cattle

This article originally appeared in a 2009 issue of The Medallion.

Article and photos by Andy Rhodes, The Medallion Manging Editor

As unlikely as it may seem, America’s ranching legacy was revolutionized by a man who arrived on the Gulf Coast as a pre-teen stowaway. Richard King, who escaped from New York City in 1835 aboard a cargo ship, would subsequently commandeer...

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By Phil Parisi, Assistant Editor, The Medallion, July 1990

Three years after the U.S. Postal Service authorized the use of picture postcards in 1898, and well before the days of the long-distance telephone call, Americans were sending millions of cards to friends and family members across the country.

The golden age of picture postcards, which peaked around 1915, became a...

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By Amy A. Borgens, THC State Marine Archeologist 

In late 2018, a fisherman was casting a line off the South Texas coast when he noticed a distinctive shape emerging from the water at low tide. He immediately notified the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Archeology Division, which dispatched staff the next day to identify and document the discovery.

The object was a 20-foot-...

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By Jeff Harris, Site Manager, Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Joseph Magoffin’s grandfather, Beriah Magoffin, was an immigrant from County Down, Ireland, who settled in Kentucky.

Joseph’s father, James Wiley Magoffin, was a trader on the Chihuahua-Santa Fe trail. James Wiley had contact with many American Indian groups as he traveled along the trail.

James Wiley...

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