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Investigating a Place: Texas, a U.S. State Collection

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Cultures +6 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This state collection utilizes stamps, artworks, photographs, and videos in the Smithsonian's collection to highlight 65 iconic people, places, events and symbols of Texas' history and culture. Students might explore one resource in depth, or conduct a comparison of multiple resources. Follow-up questions might include: What sub-themes can you identify within this collection? What do these resources as a collection tell you about Texas? What marks someone as a "Texan"--is it birthplace alone? What other resources would you want to include to tell a more complete story of Texas history and culture?

34c Texas single

National Postal Museum

32c Texas single

National Postal Museum

13c Texas single

National Postal Museum

20c Texas single

National Postal Museum

22c Republic of Texas single

National Postal Museum

29c Buffalo Soldiers single

National Postal Museum

40c Rio Grande single

National Postal Museum

Main Street, Houston, Texas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Architecture of Light (Galveston, Texas)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Texas, from the United States Series

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Texas Program Overview

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Brownville, Texas shrimpers

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Jones Family Singers, Gospel Group from Texas

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

South Texan conjunto music at the festival in San Benito Texas

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

TI-5050M Desktop Electronic Calculator

National Museum of American History

President Harrison at El Paso, Texas

Archives of American Art

Lyndon B. Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Lyndon Johnson, Portrait in a Minute

National Portrait Gallery

Lady Bird Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Dwight D. Eisenhower

National Portrait Gallery

George Bush

National Portrait Gallery

George W. Bush

National Portrait Gallery

Laura Bush

National Portrait Gallery

Willie Nelson

National Portrait Gallery

29c Buddy Holly single

National Postal Museum

Lyle Lovett

National Portrait Gallery

Carol Burnett at NMAH

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Janis Joplin

National Portrait Gallery

Eva Longoria

National Portrait Gallery

Beyoncé Knowles

National Portrait Gallery

Selena

National Portrait Gallery

Selena, Portrait in a Minute

National Portrait Gallery

John Mackey

National Portrait Gallery

Dorie Miller

National Portrait Gallery

Howard Hughes

National Portrait Gallery

A whiteface steer charging the camera

National Museum of American History

Long-Horn Steers

Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Tierra o Muerte"

National Museum of American History

Mission Control, Houston Apollo XI (II)

National Air and Space Museum

Edward White's First Spacewalk

National Air and Space Museum

Football Jersey

National Museum of American History

Texas State Championship Game

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pan Am Houston

National Air and Space Museum

Cadillac Ranch, Cars

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The El Chico Cookbook

National Museum of American History