Announcing the Recipients of the 2019 Rescuing Texas History Award!

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Congratulations to our awardees of the 2019 cycle of the Rescuing Texas History program! In May 2019, The Portal to Texas History announced the latest call for applications to our Rescuing Texas History program, in two tracks: for newspaper and non-newspaper applications. This program is intended to offer up to $1,000 worth of digitization services… Read more »

Take a Ride on the Katy Flyer! (Part I)

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The Missouri-Kansas-Texas passenger train, eventually called the “Katy train,” the “Katy Flyer” or the “Texas Special,” first crossed the Red River from Oklahoma to Texas in 1872. After this crossing, the city of Denison was established on September 23, 1872, according to Folklore in Motion. The Katy train is mentioned frequently in the Texas Digital… Read more »

7 Million Pages: New Places, New Partners, New Papers

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This masthead reads "DIOGENES" in large print, with a drawing of a man traveling toward a city.

The Texas Digital Newspaper Program has now reached 7 million pages of newspapers preserved and accessible! This represents newspapers from 198 Texas counties, contributed by 178 partners, printed in 11 languages, spanning 1813 to the present. Many Texas communities have contributed newspapers to this million pages. The Baytown Sun, digitized by the Sterling Municipal Library… Read more »

The Early Frontier: Ghost Merchants of Uribeño

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The Texas Borderlands Newspaper Collection hosts materials from border and near-border counties in south and west Texas. This collection includes 62 titles and spans 1859-1998. This blog post will explore one newspaper title in particular, from the early colonial city of Uribeño, Texas. If you tried to find Uribeño in Google Maps right now, you… Read more »

World’s Longest History Lesson Replay

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Audience watches man teaching on stage.

The Portal to Texas History now contains the complete video of Dr. Andrew Torget’s 26 hour, 33 minute attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest history lesson. The tour-de-force presentation of Texas history took place at UNT in August 2018 with the help of many UNT Libraries and community volunteers, as… Read more »