Distance Learning

Bringing the Museum to you.

Take a virtual visit to the Museum through real-time, interactive video conferencing direct from Austin.

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. We have several options for you to explore:

  • Join us on Texas History Tuesdays for a Livestream with a Museum Educator. The Educator will come to you live, and you can interact through Q and A on your computer. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 
  • Sign-up for one of our regularly scheduled live, interactive distance learning programs with a Museum Educator. Check out the class topics below, and follow these instructions to register yourself or your group. Want one of these classes at a different date and time? Email distance.learning@thestoryoftexas.com to schedule.
  • Watch a recording from some of our past programs. 

Texas History Tuesdays: Livestream Programs 2020 - 2021

2020-2021 Student Programs

First Encounters: When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

grades: 4-7  |  time: 50 minutes

How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal what impact these first encounters made upon these early Texans.

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TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 4.1a, 4.1b, 4.1c, 4.2a, 4.2b, 4.6a, 4.6b, 4.9a, 4.19a
5th grade: 5.1a, 5.4f, 5.23a, 5.23d
7th grade: 7.1a, 7.2a, 7.2c, 7.8a, 7.20a
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.2a, 8.10a, 8.29e

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History

grades 4-7 | time: 50 minutes

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 ship and its artifacts for over 300 years? Discover the answers to these questions by examining the artifacts found on the ship with a Museum Educator.

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TEKS Social Studies Curriculum Integration:
4th grade: 4.2a-c, 4.6a, 4.19a-c, 4.20a-b, 4.21a-c, 4. 22
5th grade: 5.1a,5.6a, 5.21b, 5.23a-c, 5.25a-b, 5.26a
6th grade: 6.2a, 6.2b, 6.5b, 6.13c, 6.13d, 6.19a-d
7th grade: 7.1a, 7.2b, 7.2c, 7.18a, 7.18c, 7.20a-d, 7.22a, 7.23a
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.2a, 8.10a, 8.29a-c, 8.30a, 8.31a

Spanish Missions in Texas

grades 4-8 | time: 50 minutes

Why did the Spanish attempt to build Missions in Texas? What effect did this have on the Native Americans living in Texas? Were these Missions a success or a failure? Explore these questions alongside a museum educator using maps, timelines, and historical information.

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TEKS Social Studies Curriculum Integration:
4th grade: 4.2b, 4.2c, 4.9a-b, 4.19a-d, 4.20 a-b, 4.21a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.1a, 5.23a-e, 5.24a-b, 5.25a-c, 5.26
6th grade: 6.21a-c, 6.22
7th grade: 7.1a-b, 7.2a-c, 7.20a-e, 7.21b, 7.22 a-c, 7.23
8th grade: 8.2a, 8.23a, 8.29 a-f, 8.30a, 8.31

Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

grades: 4-7  |  time: 50 minutes

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

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TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 4.2d, 4.2e, 4.3a, 4.3b, 4.3c, 4.13a, 4.19a, 4.19b, 4.19d
5th grade: 5.23a, 5.23b, 5.23d
6th grade: 6.9a, 6.10a, 6.19a, 6.19d
7th grade: 7.2d, 7.2e, 7.3a, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.20a, 7.20b, 7.20e
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.29a, 8.29b, 8.29e

Texas and the Civil War

grades: 4-12  |  time: 50 minutes

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 announced the end of slavery in Texas.

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TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 4.4a, 4.19a-b, 4.21a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.4b, 5.4d, 5.4e, 5.23a-d, 5.25a-c, 5.26
7th grade: 7.1a-b, 7.5a-c, 7.16a, 7.20 a-e , 7.22a, 7.23a
8th grade: 8.1a-b, 8.7a-c, 8.8b, 8.8c, 8.10a, 8.12b, 8.16b, 8.17b, 8.21a, 8.29a-e, 8.30a, 8.31a

Mavericks, Dogies, and Drovers - Cattle Drives

grades: 4-7  |  time: 50 minutes

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.

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TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
3rd grade: 3.4a, 3.6a-c, 3.14b-c, 3.15a, 3.15d
4th grade: 4.4a-c, 4.6a, 4.10a, 4.10c, 4.11c-d, 4.19a-c, 4.20a-b, 4.21a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.4f, 5.11a-b, 5.22b, 5.23a-d, 5.24a-b, 5.26
6th grade: 6.6b-c, 6.15b, 6.19a-d, 6.20a, 6.21a-c, 6.22a
7th grade: 7.1a, 7.5c, 7.6b-d, 7.8a, 7.8c, , 7.12b, 7.20a-e, 7.21a-b, 7.22a, 7.23a
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.9c, 8.10a, 8.10c, 8.27c, 8.29a-e, 8.30a, 8.31a

Gone to Texas: Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

grades: 4-12  |  time: 50 minutes 

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? What challenges and opportunities did they face? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States. 

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TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
4th grade: 4.4.11c, 4.11d, 4.19a
5th grade: 5.1a, 5.4f, 5.5a, 5.12c, 5.23a, 5.23d
7th grade: 7.1b, 7.7e, 7.9b, 7.10a, 7.10b, 7.20a, 7.21a
8th grade: 8.23a, 8.29a

What Makes Texas, Texas?

grades: K-7  |  time: 50 minutes 

What do you picture when you think about Texas? How much do you know about the symbols chosen by our Legislature? Which symbols of Texas are your favorites? A Museum Educator will lead students as they discover the important elements and symbols that represent our great state through sight and sound.

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TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:
Kindergarten: K.9a-b, K.14c-d, K.15
1st grade: 1.4b, 1.13a-c, 1.16a, 1.17c, 1.18
2nd grade: 2.1b, 2.11a, 2.11c, 2.15a-b, 2.16d-e, 2.17
3rd grade: 3.14c, 3.15a, 3.15d, 3.16
4th grade: 4.14a-c, 4.19a-b, 4.12a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.20b, 5.23 a-b, 5.25a-c, 5.26
6th grade: 6.19a-b, 6.21a-c, 6.22a
7th grade: 7.20a-b, 7.22a, 7.23a

Tall Tales in Texas

grades: K-5  |  time: 45 minutes

What makes a story a tall tale? What are the characteristics of that genre? A Museum Educator will lead students in a discussion about the literary elements of a tall tale. The book, Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat will be read aloud with an opportunity for discussion afterwards. During the discussion, students will evaluate the Tall Tale genre and determine whether this story fits the criteria.

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TEKS English Language Arts curriculum correlations:
Kindergarten: K.7a-d; K.8a
1st grade: 1.8a-d; 1.9a
2nd grade: 2.8a-d; 2.9a
3rd grade: 3.8a-d; 3.9a
4th grade: 4.8a-d; 4.9a; 4.10a-f
5th grade: 5.9a; 5.10a-f

Professional Development

Distance Learning at the Museum Demonstration

Discover how you and your students can experience the Story of Texas in your own classroom, wherever that might be. This program introduces Distance Learning at the Museum and demonstrates how to explore Texas history in exciting new ways through real-time, interactive video conferencing.

Museum 101: Teacher Orientation Workshop

Taking a field trip to the Museum for the first time? Need a refresher before your next visit? Led by a member of the Museum's Education Department, this program prepares you to guide your classes through a successful field trip. Explore the content and context of the Museum's exhibitions and films, learn strategies for teaching with primary sources, and discover great ways to integrate Museum-inspired activities into your classroom curriculum. 

Registration and Scheduling

Distance learning program reservations are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum makes all distance learning connections through www.connect2texas.net. Search for programs on specific dates and time by clicking on “Events” and select Bullock Texas State History Museum on the program filter and click “Apply” at the bottom.


  • If you're signing up for a scheduled distance learning program, you'll need to complete the registration on the Connect2Texas website.
  • If you would like to request a program on a specific day and time, email Distance.Learning@TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-4604 to talk to a Museum educator.

Cost and Program Capacity

FREE! For the 2019-20 school year, all distance learning programs for students are free. The average program time is 45-60 minutes.

We recommend that no more than 35 students view a program at one time. This maximizes the interactive opportunities on both sides of the camera. 

Postponement and Cancellation Policies

If wild Texas weather hits or something else unexpected happens, your program may be postponed. We'll do our best to provide you advance notice. We'll also be happy to work with you to reschedule the program. 

If you need to cancel, please provide one week's notice. 

Videotaping Policy

Videotaping of any Museum distance learning program is not permitted.


Technical Requirements

The Museum makes all distance learning connections through www.connect2texas.net. Connect2Texas is our videoconferencing bridge service and support partner that is run by Education Service Center Region 11

You must have a compatible videoconferencing system to participate. This can include desktop computers with internet access (preferably not wireless), eyeball camera, speaker and microphone. Our programs CANNOT be connected via Skype, Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime because these are "closed" networks. Connect2Texas can provide a desktop connection via Zoom.

For technical assistance or to ask questions about connectivity options, contact Lori Hamm-Neckar, 817-740-7516, C2TX@esc11.net

Texas History Tuesdays is sponsored by The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.

School Field Trips presented by The John M. O'Quinn Foundation.

School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsor The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation and Supporting Sponsor The Honorable Kent R. Hance.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.