.C. as chaperones for a group of fifty young people, having just completed a two week historical tour of the eastern half of United States by charter bus. The theme of the excursion is "Old Stories New Voices 2010." During this trip, which was conducted in partnership with the Colorado Historical Society, Cure and O’Donnell, along with their Colorado colleagues, took their student participants on an extensive tour of Civil War battle sites from New Mexico to Pennsylvania, a trip that a number of people have followed daily in cyberspace by means of its blog site and on its facebook page. There is also a flickr site. This trip will undoubtedly provide a life-time of memories for the young people involved, some of whom might themselves be making future history during the coming decades of their adulthood, perhaps to be celebrated in turn on some Fourth of July to come.
The Walter P. Webb Society, aptly named, is a collegiate level program across the state also operated by Cure and his educational staff. It actively promotes an appreciation for Texas history at dozens of colleges and universities, in the process holding two annual meetings each year in the fall and spring semesters respectively. College students come together at the Webb Society conferences to read papers that result from their own undergraduate research activities. As well, the Webb Society publishes the “Touchstone,” cosponsored by Lee College, which is one of this nation’s best and most lively all-student authored historical journals.
The Educational Services of the T.S.H.A. is also annually involved in various activities designed to assist teachers of Texas history across the state. History Awareness Workshops in years past have provided continuing educational activities for teachers. Steve Cure also regularly attends various history teacher conferences sponsored by the Texas State Teachers Association, where he presents workshops for teachers and speaks on Texas history. He routinely organizes Texas historians to join him in these activities, as I have had the pleasure of doing myself. His division also maintains on the T.S.H.A. website an array of lesson plans for teachers, each of which is keyed to the relevant TEKS on the subject, along with a Texas history quiz for classroom use.