Texas History

The Source - March 27, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Source: The Legacy Of The 'Red Scare' In Texas

When "Red Scare: Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas" was first published in 1985 it won the Texas State Historical Society's prize for best book on Texas History.

Now nearly 30 years later, it has been republished by the University of Texas Press and is still resounds with the ideas of political messaging, group think and the darker parts of our common history.

Read more
Community
9:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Bill Sinkin, Father Of Hemisfair, A Life Well Lived

Bill Sinkin (left) oversees Hemisfair construction.
Zintgraff collection

San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tunes of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends. 

His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.

In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall Crapemyrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.

Read more
Texas Matters
1:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Should Creationism Be Taught In Texas Schools? One Charter System Already Does

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: "Demand response" is helping alleviate drain on Texas power grids. All the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor say they support teaching creationism in Texas public schools and one charter system is defying a Supreme Court ruling by doing just that. Also on this show: Same-sex marriage in Texas? And the new Texas Almanac is out.

Read more
The Source - January 30, 2014
12:34 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Source: Hungry Kids Don't Learn | A Changing Texas Brings Big Challenges

Students at Washington-Lee High School select their breakfast of Scrambled Eggs and Biscuits, on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 prepared by Arlington Public Schools.
USDA Photo by Bob Nichols

In the first segment:

Texas students are coming to class hungry, an estimated 1.5 million kids across the state participate in breakfast in the classroom programs. Texas requires any district with over 10 percent of kids qualifying for free and reduced lunches to offer breakfast as well, and the results are fed kids who can concentrate on their work. 

Read more
Local History
3:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Conservation Society Seminar For Teachers Covers Local/Alamo History

Historians say people often don't understand that the Alamo was present before downtown San Antonio built up around it.
Eileen Pace

The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.

This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.

Read more
Texas History
12:32 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Texas Matters: Remembering The Dust Bowl

Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, 1935.
George E. Marsh Album NOAA

Remembering the lessons of the Dust Bowl. We listen back to an interview with Timothy Egan, author of the book, “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.”

Egan's book won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2006 Washington State Book Award in History/Biography. 

Read more
Texas Matters
4:19 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

'One Day In Dallas,' A KUT Special On JFK's Last Day

JFK walking off Air Force One after landing in San Antonio on Nov. 21, 1963.
Unknown kennedyatbrooks.blogspot.com/

Texas Matters: "One Day in Dallas," a 30-minute special report from KUT based on extensive interviews with Sid Davis, the Westinghouse radio pool reporter in Dallas, and Julian Read, press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally. Both men describe that day in 1963 in vivid detail.

  *More on this story is available from KUT in the related content block below.

Read more
Community
10:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Brackenridge Park Named State Antiquities Landmark

Historic bridges throughout the park are honored as part of the Brackenridge heritage in its new designation as a State Archaeological Landmark
Eileen Pace

San Antonio has landed another important cultural designation. Brackenridge Park is the first site to be named as a State Antiquities Landmark.

Read more
Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

A Bit Of History And Macabre On The Eastside Cemetery Tour

East Side Cemetery
Office of Historic Preservation

The people interred in the city’s Eastside cemeteries have many stories to tell, but they’re not talking. Luckily, Nicholas Fuqua with the Office of Historic Preservation said there’s still a lot to hear on the Eastside Cemetery Tour.

"We’re going to look at some historic graves from prominent Texans, look at funerary art and architecture, iconography, tell a little bit of history about the development of the city cemetery, and why it’s where it is and why it looks the way it does," Fuqua said. "So hopefully it’ll be an educational experience for everybody."

Read more
Arts & Culture
2:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

ITC Exhibits Vital Role Of Native American "Code Talkers" In War

Toledo Cousins
Photo courtesy National Archives

The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history. In World War I and II, American forces needed to communicate secrets to one another. The problem was the enemy understood their language.

"The Germans were very good at English and also good at cryptography and breaking codes," said the exhibit’s curator, Dr. William Meadows.

Read more

Pages