Humanities Texas celebrates 50th anniversary in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 2023 — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Humanities Texas.

As the state board of humanities, Humanities Texas improves the quality of classroom teaching, supports libraries and museums, and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all Texans.

Over the course of five decades, the organization has made a profound impact in communities across the state.

He has been particularly active in Fort Worth and the surrounding region.

Humanities Texas is often recognized for its work with teachers in the state. The organization’s free seminars in history, government, and English provide educators with opportunities to study with scholars and explore topics at the heart of the state’s social studies and language arts curricula. 523 Tarrant County teachers have participated in these programs.

Meanwhile, the organization’s Outstanding Teaching Awards are the most prestigious statewide awards in K-12 liberal arts education. Since 1990, 46 Fort Worth area teachers have been recognized, including teachers from the Fort Worth, Birdville, and Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School Districts.

Through its grant and exhibit programs, Humanities Texas provides vital resources to the state’s cultural and educational institutions. During the pandemic, funding from Humanities Texas has been a lifeline for museums and libraries across the state, allowing them to continue operations and retain staff.

Humanities Texas is governed by a council of civic leaders and scholars representing communities throughout Texas. Twelve Tarrant County residents have served on the Humanities Texas board of directors over the years, including Mary Louise Albritton, Thomas Brewer, Kit Moncrief, Bob Ray Sanders, and Mary Volcansek.

Current council members for the area are Trasa Cobern, Joy Ann Weaver Havran, and Nancy Painter Paup.

On May 9, 2023, Humanities Texas will hold a reception at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in celebration of her service to Fort Worth and the surrounding region. Current Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker and former Mayor Betsy Price are honorary co-chairs of the celebration.

“For five decades, Humanities Texas has worked with organizations in Fort Worth and around the state to lead and support programs that advance the humanities and improve civic life,” said Eric Lupfer, executive director of Humanities Texas. “We are thrilled to celebrate this history by also looking forward to future opportunities and collaborations.” local cultural and educational organizations.

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