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Bullock Texas State History Museum

Connect Your Students to Interactive Texas History Distance Learning Programs

Want to schedule a live interactive session about Texas History with an Educator from the Bullock Museum? Visit https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/education/distance-learning to see a complete list of program options.


We are happy to work with teachers to figure out the best way to connect with students at home. Email distance.learning@thestoryoftexas.com to make scheduling arrangements.

*NEW* Texas History Tuesdays

Although the Bullock Museum is temporarily closed, you can still connect with our educational distance learning programs! These programs are typically taught to elementary and middle school audiences, but we invite anyone who is looking for an enriching and fun experience to connect with us.


Join us on Texas History Tuesdays at 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m. CST for a live stream with a Museum Educator. The Educator will come to you live, and you can interact through Q&A on your computer. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required.


Click here for Texas History Tuesdays program information.

Free Educational Program Recordings

With school closures and students stuck at home, we wanted to pass along some of our recorded programs since live connections may not be an option. Share these programs with parents or incorporate them into your online lessons and homework.


No registration is required. Students can watch these recordings anytime. Click here for worksheets that are only available for certain programs listed below.


Extreme Mammals: Animal Adaptations (Grades K-7 )

Why does an African Crested Porcupine have quills? Did you know kangaroos keep their babies in a pouch? How do monkeys use their tails? Find out during the Extreme Mammals: Animal Adaptations program. Join Safari Greg, animal educator from the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, as he demonstrates animal adaptations using live animals.

NOTE: This is a recording from spring 2014 to go along with the temporary exhibit Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time.


Food and Cultural Traditions (Grades K-8)

Food and celebrations are two things almost all cultures have in common. Each culture has its own customs and traditions that center around food. The Bullock Museum’s special exhibition from spring 2016, Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture, shows how food is grown throughout the world, and how important food is to each culture. This program will explore several holidays from around the world, such as Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Oktoberfest, and discover the special meals and traditions of different cultures around the world. NOTE: This is a recording from spring 2016.


Live from LaBelle (Grades 3-8) (worksheets included)

Who was the 17th Century French explorer La Salle? How did the sinking of his ship, La Belle, change the history of Texas? What technological innovations were used to excavate and conserve this 300-year-old ship and its artifacts? Find out this and more as a Bullock Museum Educator is joined by special guest Dr. Jim Bruseth. Dr. Bruseth was the State Archaeologist when La Belle was excavated, and was the Guest Curator of the exhibit La Belle: The Ship that Changed History. See a close-up view of some of the artifacts found with the ship, and be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the ship being put back together right in front of your eyes. NOTE: This is a recording from 2014.


Mavericks, Dogies, and Drovers-Cattle Drives (Grades 3-7) (worksheets included)

People associate the word “cowboy” with “Texas” beginning with one specific time period in Texas history---the heyday of cattle drives. Although this era only lasted from 1866-1890, the cattle drive era shaped the image of Texas. Who started the cattle drives, and where did the trails go? What jobs could people do on a cattle drive, and what was life on the trail like? What were the risks and benefits of driving cattle to market? Hear from a special guest speaker, an 1870s cattle driver, who has traveled through time to reminisce about his cattle drive experience. Note: This is a recording from spring 2018.


Singin' the Blues in Texas (Grades 2-8 )

When you live in Texas, you might hear many different genres of music playing on the radio—including the blues! What is the blues, and how did this style come about? What instruments are used in the blues? How have Texas artists put a unique spin on the blues? NOTE: This is a recording from spring 2017 to go along with the temporary exhibit Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn.


Texas and the Civil War (Grades 4-12) (worksheets included)

Why did the United States divide and go to war against itself? How did this affect families, the economy, and enslaved people? What battles were fought within Texas' borders and what toll did these battles take on the soldiers? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings. A special guest from the past, Major General Granger, will tell his story about how his reading of the Emancipation Proclamation brought about the end of slavery in Texas. NOTE: This is a recording from spring 2019.

On-Demand Tools

Use these online curriculum resources anytime.


Campfire Stories: Interact with Texans gathered around a campfire to share their stories. Students will discover how people shape Texas's past and future.


Texas History Timeline: Let your students travel through the past in a sweeping journey through Texas history.


Interactive Artifact Gallery: Examine curriculum-related Texas artifacts with an interactive gallery featuring hundreds of Museum objects.


Digital La Belle Exhibition: The shipwreck La Belle is brought to vivid life for your classroom. Watch videos and reinforce learning with hands-on activities.


Virtual Texas Capitol: A clickable Capitol feature allows students to explore the building as well as their roles in Texas government.


The Texas Story Project: An authentic research and writing opportunity that encourages students to investigate and share their own Texas stories.
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