Texas State Historical Association

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The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) is a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to documenting the rich and unique history of Texas. It was founded on March 2, 1897.

As of November 2008, TSHA moved their offices from Austin to the University of North Texas in Denton.


The chief executive officer is Brian Bolinger. The association president (2011-2012) is Merline Pitre; the preceding president is Dianne Garrett Powell (2010–2011). Other past presidents are the late Robert A. Calvert (1989–1990) of Texas A&M, Alwyn Barr (1992-1993) of Texas Tech University, and Jerry D. Thompson (2001–2002) of Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

Selected TSHA fellows


The organization produces three educational publications, in addition to the New Handbook of Texas:

  • The Southwestern Historical Quarterly (originally called the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association) is the oldest continuously published scholarly journal in Texas. This journal usually features 16 articles per year, covering topics in a range of appeal.
  • Riding Line is published by the agency as a quarterly newsletter. It features news and current information on statewide historical activities.
  • The Texas Almanac is a biennially published reference work providing information for the general public on the history of the state and its people, government and politics, economics, natural resources, holidays, culture, education, recreation, the arts, and other topics. TSHA acquired the Texas Almanac as a gift from the A. H. Belo Corporation on May 5, 2008.

Educational programs

  • Educational Department: Founded in 1939, looks to promote the teaching of Texas history in the states’ schools.
  • Junior Historians of Texas: An extracurricular program for students in grades four through twelve.
  • Texas History Day: Provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of history in an annual state-level history fair for students in grades six through twelve.
  • History Awareness Workshops: Helps educators develop teaching strategies for informative content and practical classroom applications.
  • Heritage Travel Program: a one-week traveling seminar dealing with a specific subject in Texas history held at summer.

Handbook of Texas

The organization publishes the New Handbook of Texas which is a six-volume multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, culture, and geography.

In addition, the Handbook of Texas Online is provided by TSHA for internet historical research of Texas.

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