The Handbook of Texas was the brainchild of past TSHA President Walter Prescott Webb, who boldly declared it would be “a reference to practically any topic on Texas history.” The initial Handbook was published as a two-volume set in 1952, with a supplemental volume published in 1976.
Today, the Handbook is entirely online and includes 27,429 encyclopedic entries on the influential people, eras, and events of Texas history. Its staff of editors continuously works to add and update entries to ensure its accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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The Texas Almanac is a biennially published reference work providing readers with information on the history of the state and its 254 counties, people, government and politics, economics, natural resources, and many other topics. Each edition includes featured articles unique to each edition. The 2020-2021 book includes insights on the state’s rapidly growing population and changing demographics.
We seek to encourage and improve the teaching of Texas history for the next generation. From our year long Texas History Day program for K-12 students, to our Webb Society chapters for college students, to our Teaching Texas website for teacher resources, TSHA hopes to reach as many Texas students as possible.