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National History Day Resources at the Alamo Research Center

September 11, 2014

The new school year has is well under way, and so is the 2014-2015 cycle of the National History Day competition! This year’s theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Texas history is chock full of interesting leaders who left lasting legacies behind them! Here’s a quick preview of topic ideas:

  • You could investigate the story of Samuel Augustus Maverick, the man elected by the garrison at the Alamo to go to Washington on the Brazos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence.
  • If you like women’s history, learn more about Susanna Dickinson.
  • You could explore the lives of Clara Driscoll and Adina de Zavala, two of the women who helped save the Alamo in 1905.
  • Check out original documents related to some of the important Tejanos in Texas history such as Juan Seguin or the Cassiano family.
  • Research Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, and some of the families who came with him to Texas as his Old Three Hundred in the 1820s-many of these people became important leaders during the Texas Revolution and afterwards.

The possibilities are endless!

Clara Driscoll, "Savior of the Alamo," who offered the money to purchase the Alamo buildings for the State of Texas and who led the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in becoming custodians of the Alamo.

Clara Driscoll, “Savior of the Alamo,” who offered the money to purchase the Alamo buildings for the State of Texas and who led the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in becoming custodians of the Alamo. General Image Collection, DRT Library Collection.

The Alamo Research Center is a great resource for your Texas-themed NHD project. We offer a number of services that can help students, parents, and teachers get started and research a topic. We have lots of primary and secondary sources, and we’d love to help you come up with a Texas history topic based on what your interests are. We can do an individual or a small group tour of the archives, arrange a Google Hangout tour of the ARC and our materials, talk about how to begin your research at an archival repository, and host small group research sessions. Contact our director, Leslie Stapleton, at (210) 225-1071 or email us at drtl@drtl.org for more information.

View from the classroom during a Google Hangout with the ARC Librarians. Schedule a virtual field trip for your school by calling Leslie Stapleton at (210) 225-1071.

View from the classroom during a Google Hangout with the ARC Librarians. Schedule a virtual field trip for your school by calling Leslie Stapleton at (210) 225-1071.

The Education Department at the Alamo provides another great NHD Texas history resource, especially if you have picked a Texas Revolution topic! You can set up a phone or Skype conversation with an Alamo Educator or Curator, and they have Texas Revolution packets available that they can mail to students, parents, and teachers. Check the upcoming events calendar to see if there is a teacher workshop that interests you! For more information, please contact Museum Educator Sherri Driscoll at (210) 225-1391 ext. 135 or by email at sdriscoll@thealamo.org.

Teachers, be sure to check out the Classroom Connections offered by National History Day!

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