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DRT Library Welcomes Educator Workshop Participants

June 27, 2011

Last week, the DRT Library welcomed K-12 teachers participating in the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Texas History Detectives educator workshop, which focused on the theme “The Alamo Through the Ages.” Workshop attendees learned about conducting archival research, accessed primary sources at participating institutions, and created lesson plans using Moodle. Partners for this year’s workshop included the DRT Library, the Alamo, and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Special Collections department, Academy for Teacher Excellence, and Center for Archaeological Research.

Jennifer Sandoval, a teacher at The Winston School San Antonio, examines Anna Gibbs McKinney's handwritten nineteenth-century book of recipes and home remedies.

Jennifer Sandoval, a teacher at The Winston School San Antonio, examines Anna Gibbs McKinney's handwritten nineteenth-century book of recipes and home remedies.

John Smetzer, a teacher at Coke Stevenson Middle School in San Antonio, examines scrapbooks during his visit to the DRT Library.

John Smetzer, a teacher at Coke Stevenson Middle School in San Antonio, examines scrapbooks during his visit to the DRT Library.

On Monday, workshop attendees enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours of the Library led by Director Leslie Stapleton and Assistant Director Martha Utterback. Over the next three days, participants spent several hours conducting research at the Library. They were able to use a variety of materials – including published primary sources, rare books, photographs, newspapers, maps, and archival collections – to explore a topic of their choice. Library staff members were also on hand to assist the teachers in their research. Many participants expressed appreciation that the workshop enabled them to discover the resources and services available at the DRT Library.

Madge Thornall Roberts, 2011-2013 Library Committee Chairman and a descendant of Sam Houston, signs a copy of her book on the Houston family for Belinda Markovich, a teacher at Luna Middle School in San Antonio and a Houston fan.

Madge Thornall Roberts, 2011-2013 Library Committee Chairman and a descendant of Sam Houston, signs a copy of her book on the Houston family for Belinda Markovich, a teacher at Luna Middle School in San Antonio and a Houston fan.

Petra Lopez-Perryman, an undergraduate student at UTSA, and Aracely Montes, a teacher at the Briscoe Academy in San Antonio, chat with, from left, Alamo curatorial intern Jorge Ondina, Alamo Assistant Curator Ernesto Rodriguez, and DRT Library Assistants Rusty Gamez and Lydia Cuellar.

Petra Lopez-Perryman, an undergraduate student at UTSA, and Aracely Montes, a teacher at the Briscoe Academy in San Antonio, chat with, from left, Alamo curatorial intern Jorge Ondina, Alamo Assistant Curator Ernesto Rodriguez, and DRT Library Assistants Rusty Gamez and Lydia Cuellar.

The DRT Library is open on an equal basis to all researchers, and K-12 students, their parents, and teachers are always welcome to come use the collections for projects relating to Texas genealogy and history. Anyone unable to visit the Library during its regular business hours – Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm – are encouraged to contact the Library to schedule a weekend appointment. Students, parents, and teachers can also contact the Library with their research questions and access Library resources from home through its online catalog, its blog, and the section for K-12 students at its website.

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