Free admission throughout the month of August to educators
Located midway between Houston and Austin on 293 acres of lush park land off Highway 290, the picturesque Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site—the place where Texas became Texas—is offering teachers free admission throughout the month of August to all attractions at the complex so they can discover the learning opportunities available at the park. Teachers are only required to present their school ID or business card to receive free admission.
An incredible app for iPhone, iPad and newer Android phones not only recreates the town, but allows visitors to interact with some of its citizens. This interactive app reveals the historic site of Washington as it looked in 1836—a rugged frontier town of log cabins and dogtrot houses, witnessing an influx of people from throughout the region who have come to create a new nation. It features a full-scale virtual town overlaid on the historic site.
“The Texas Education Agency mandates that students study the causes and effects of the Texas Revolution, but there is more to the story than the battles at the Alamo and San Jacinto,” says Jim Kolkhorst, president of the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association. “It was the Convention of 1836 at Washington on the Brazos that gave voice to Texas’ grievances and provided the political will in the midst of revolutionary turmoil to form a government and a new nation—the Republic of Texas.”
On the Texas Independence website, teachers will find lesson plans, enrichment activities and primary source documents designed specially to meet Texas State teaching requirements for 4th and 7th grade teachers and their students provide a unique and stimulating environment for understanding the impacts of the Texas Revolution.
This Texas state park offers many amenities and a variety of special events and activities throughout the year, at its four main attractions: the Star of the Republic Museum (administered by Blinn College), Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is located at 23400 Park Road 12 in Washington, Texas, off State Hwy. 105 on FM 1155. More detailed information on all Washington on the Brazos events is continually updated at www.birthplaceoftexas.com; the public can call (936) 878-2214 for more information.