Museum offers insight on struggles of teaching history in Texas
Dr. Gene Preuss
Dr. Gene Preuss

From the treatment of indigenous peoples and slavery to capitalism and religion, schools face plenty of potentially tricky topics when teaching Texas history. Texas has been a battleground for “history culture wars” and the national politics of education for many years.

The public can learn more about this topic at “As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation,” a lecture by Dr. Gene Preuss at the Museum of the Coastal Bend at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Admission to the lecture is pay-what-you-want.

Preuss, associate professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown, will speak about the struggle over how history is taught in Texas classrooms. He is active in state, regional and national history organizations and serves on the Houston Independent School District’s Hispanic Advisory Committee. His research, published in books and journals, focuses on the history of public education in Texas.

“The way we teach history, and what we choose to include or leave out, can have a huge impact on students as they go forward and on society in general,” said Isabel Van Dyke, curator of education at the museum. “I especially encourage teachers, parents and school administrators to attend this lecture and share their thoughts. We’d love to hear what’s important to you.”

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan streets on Victoria College’s Main Campus in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and admission is pay-what-you-want.

To learn more about museum programs, contact Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or email For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Thursday, 29 October 2015

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