Becoming Texas Educator Webinar Series: Why Don't We Speak French in Texas?

Online Program

July 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Educators, join us for a FREE professional development webinar. Connect with us virtually for a three-part summer webinar series to explore the Museum's recently renovated first floor history gallery, Becoming Texas, which highlights the pre-1821 history of Texas with the most contemporary research of our past.

Event Details

The first floor of the Bullock Museum, Becoming Texas, traces more than 16,000 years of Texas history, examining the lives of American Indians, Spanish and French explorers, and Spanish missionaries. Explore new understandings of Texas history with never before displayed primary source artifacts, the most contemporary research and scholarship, and new media pieces. This 2-hour webinar with a Museum Educator and Curator will combine content and teaching strategies to bring these Texas history topics to life in the classroom.

This program is available as an on-demand recording for CPE credit. To get access to the link and a certificate email

Series Part 3: Why Don't We Speak French in Texas?

In 1684, French explorer Sieur de la Salle set out on a voyage to North America. One of his ships, La Belle, wrecked in a storm and sank off the coast of Texas where it rested undisturbed for over 300 years until excavated by archeologists. La Belle and its recovered artifacts are a central focus in Becoming Texas, and tell the stories of La Salle, the French sailors and colonists aboard La Belle, and the regional American Indians who encountered them. 

Examine the historic voyage, and consequences, that charted the course of Texas history. Take a close look at the innovative tools and techniques the archaeologists used to preserve this important archaeological find. 

Each webinar in this series dives into a focused topic of early Texas history. Educators will participate in a live Q and A with a Museum Curator and Educator about how to explore this content area with students, both in the Museum and in the classroom.

This Zoom webinar is free to attend, with advanced registration required. Registered educators will receive access to the event, resources related to the topic, and CPE certificates (SBEC approved). This webinar series is open to classroom teachers, preservice teachers, higher education professionals, informal educators, and homeschool educators. 

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

School Programs are generously funded by Supporting Sponsors The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, The Honorable Kent R. Hance, and The William Stamps Farish Fund along with Contributing Sponsor The Burdine Johnson Foundation.