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Lecture this weekend at ITC

Kerrvillec1949Don’t miss the Voices from the Invisible Diamonds lecture this Saturday! Former members of Negro League baseball teams in Texas will be sharing their stories. Joining the players are Damian Thomas, sports curator of the Smithsonian African American Cultural and History Museum in Washington, D.C.; and Layton Revel, founder and director of the Center for Negro League Baseball Research in Carollton, Texas, who also played a role in opening the Negro League Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Find out more HERE!


Museum Camp

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Summer is just around the corner…


This summer, the Institute of Texan Cultures will be hosting two week long day camps for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Camp participants will get behind-the-scenes access to the museum and all the mysteries that it holds, getting a first-hand look at its inner workings through fun hands-on activities and interactions with museum staff!

For more information, please call (210) 458-2300 or email

Tex Kits are back!

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The Institute of Texan Cultures Education Department has updated our Tex Kit collections, and they are now available for loan to K-12 classrooms across the state! This traveling trunk program features small collections of demonstration artifacts with accompanying TEKS-based lessons, images, and worksheets (loaded onto a flash drive for easy downloading and photocopying!) designed to enhance your classroom learning experience. As your students explore the content of each kit, they will gain a better understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage.
Questions or need more information? Visit the ITC website, call (210) 458-2291 or email

New Educator Resources and “Just for Kids” Interactive Learning Experiences!

The Education department here at the Institute of Texan Cultures has recently added a number of fabulous downloadable resources for K-12 teachers to the Education portal on the ITC’s website. From Texas pioneers and cowboys and cattle drives to how to grow your own classroom garden, we have something for everyone! All of our lesson plans and hands-on activities are free of charge and meet TEKS requirements in social studies. Head on over to the website to learn more!Primary Sources Infographic

Extra pressed for time or just need a few quick warm-up ideas? Check out our Educator Quick Start Guides! All of our Quick Start Guides are presented in an engaging, visually appealing infographic form and are available for download as PDFs. Learn how to teach with objects, use primary sources in the classroom, and more!

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Our brand new “Just for Kids” interactive learning experiences highlight aspects of some of our long-term exhibits here at the Museum. Kids can engage with interactive infographics, exhibit murals, and timelines to learn about archaeology, Native Americans, and life on the cattle drive throughout Texas history! We are also in the process of producing short, educational videos highlighting objects from our exhibits to include in these activities, as well! Stay tuned!

Using artifacts to teach

2013_5_1Here at the Institute of Texan Cultures we LOVE artifacts, as you can see in our weekly blogs and monthly photo quizzes. We think objects are a great way to introduce people, young and old, to new topics, and remind us of past events in different and sometimes unexpected ways. So, we’d like to help you use objects as teaching tools in your own classroom (or home) and show you new ways to look at history. The Education department here at ITC has come up with some great downloadable resources that can help you do just that! Be sure to check out Teaching With Stories, Lt. Colonel David M. Jones in WW2, which uses an object from the ITC permanent collection to help teach kids about the second World War, geography, and much more! Also be sure to check out their Artifacts in the Classroom activity to learn how to use your own artifacts to create your own fun learning experiences.

Educational Multimedia

_DSC0024_1Did you know that the Institute of Texan Cultures provides multimedia resources on our website for enhanced classroom experiences? There are a variety of free video resources available including topics like African American history, the Back 40 structures, and special exhibition inspired features like the Skate Physics series.

The ITC Education Department also offers a number of TEKS-Based lessons and activities on the website, along with on-site professional development workshops for educators to help you stay prepared for the school year to come!


New classroom activites

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The Education department at the Institute of Texan Cultures has recently added a number of great downloadable resources for teachers to the ITC website.

Included are activities for using objects, images and oral histories in the classroom. Click here to learn more.

Also check out the educator’s guides to immigration topics, and printable resources for artifact analysis, photo analysis, immigration, and an activity featuring the ITC Chuckwagon exhibit!

Be sure to keep checking the ITC website for more activities and resources!

Standards-Based Curriculum

A variety of TEKS-based classroom curriculum guides are available for download through our Edmodo Educator Community. Lessons will enrich the field trip experience, challenge students to examine primary sources and supplement your current classroom curriculum.
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