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July 31, 2018

The City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation is offering an internship opportunity in Public History for the Fall semester!  You can find the full job posting here: .  SA Preservation has several exciting projects going on this fall, including Living Heritage Symposium and the Historic Homeowner Fair.  Interns will gain experience not only through outreach efforts, but also through projects including research and documentation in support of new National Register Historic Districts. 


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History Students Published in UTSA’s Journal of Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Work

July 30, 2018

History students Jason Boan and Sarah Vegerano were two of just six COLFA students to have their work published in Volume 4 of UTSA's Journal of Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Work

Jason Boan's research, titled "Hemispheric Solidarity: Experiences and Memories of WWII Internment," was mentored by Dr. Catherine Nolan-Ferrell.  Sarah Vegerano was mentored by Dr. Jerry González for her work, "The Children Left Behind: Education and Race Reconstructing San Antonio, 1865-1877." 

The Journal accepts submissions from across the country.  Each submission goes through a rigorous review process, starting with a desk review, then passed to area editors. Any submissions that pass successfully through these stages are then passed to the Director of the Writing Program for review of writing syntax and citations. The editor-in-chief makes the final decisions on whose submissions will be published. 

Congratulations to Jason and Sarah on your accomplishment!

Their work can be found here:

If you're interested in submitting your research for future publications, you can view the flyer here.

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Dr. Gregg Michel Sits Down With KSAT12’s Tiffany Huertas

June 26, 2018

UTSA History's Gregg Michel sat down with KSAT12 reporter Tiffany Huertas to talk about the role of student activism in shaping history.  You can watch the full segment by clicking the image below.

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Our Master’s Program Supports Texas Public Radio!

May 18, 2018

The UTSA Master of Arts History program supports Texas Public Radio

Click the image to hear our promo!

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Undergraduate Women- You Are Invited to Apply to the NEW Leadership Texas 2018 Summer Institute

February 19, 2018


If you are interested in having a greater representation of women in elected office and/or are considering a career in politics, policymaking, or public service, you should apply to this weeklong residential summer institute.

NEW Leadership™ Texas is a national non-partisan program developed to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. NEW Leadership™ Texas educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

Who should apply? 

▪ Undergraduate women enrolled in any Texas college or university for 2017-2018, or are graduating in May 2018;
▪ Texas residents attending out-of-state schools;
▪ All majors are welcome;
▪ Women of color and non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Whether or not you think you want to run for elected office, if you would like to create positive change in your community. YOU SHOULD APPLY!

Approximately 35 undergraduates representing a variety of universities, majors, class years, ethnicities, geographic locations, economic, and personal backgrounds will be selected to participate.

*For more information on the program and how to apply, please click the button below.*


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February 7, 2018

Applications are due by March 16, 2018 for the Texas Historical Commission's Preservation Scholars Program created to build interest in and awareness of historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. 


2018 Internship Opportunities:

Agency Division/Site: History Programs (Location: Austin, TX)

This division works with citizens, county historical commissions, museums, cemetery associations, local governments, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties to identify, evaluate, and interpret the historic and cultural resources of Texas. The Division includes these projects and programs. 

Internship Projects available:

Texas and the First World War Database Project: November 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that silenced the guns of World War I. To honor the nearly 200,000 Texans who served in that conflict, the Texas Historical Commission is compiling information on Texas sites associated with the war, including war monuments and memorials. The Military Sites Program intern will assist with this database project by performing light research and data entry, developing web content, and interacting with other centennial partners.

Undertold Marker Researcher and Writer: Intern will research and write Undertold historical marker topics that were selected in 2017 and 2018. Intern will prepare a cited historical narrative and will write the corresponding marker inscription utilizing local and online resources.


Agency Division: Historic Sites

This division is responsible for overseeing the agency’s 22 historic attractions located throughout the state. Staff members welcome visitors, provide educational opportunities and exhibits, preserve historic structures and artifacts, and work with partner organizations in their communities. The attractions range from Native American ceremonial mounds to grand Victorian mansions to expansive frontier forts.

Each historic site has its own website with information on the history, special events, and details for heritage travelers.


Internship Projects available:

State Historic Site: Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site (Location: Bonham, TX)

Collections Internship: Interns may work on one or more of the following projects: packing and storing artifacts; cataloging and researching the museum collection; taking digital photographs of artifacts; re-housing and cleaning artifacts; data entry of collections records; and organizing site resources. 

- Interpretation Internship: Interns may work on one or more of the following projects: develop themed tours of historic house; develop engaging programming and events for the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site; develop off-site programming and outreach for schools and other community organizations; and develop multi-sensory tours and/or accessible tours for groups with various abilities.


State Historic Site: San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site (Location: San Felipe, TX)

- Field Trip Program Development Project: San Felipe de Austin SHS will launch its programming to support field trips in the 2018-19 school year. This project will involve participation in the creation of program descriptions and online promotional materials aimed at public schools. It will involve the development and assessment of pre- and post-field trip activities that will be recommended to schools planning trips to the site.


Link to Program Info/Application:

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February 7, 2018

A part time Visitor Services Associate (VSA) position is currently being offered at the Alamo. 

VSAs are tasked with engaging with the public in order to provide an educational, safe, and memorable experience at the Alamo. 

Must have excellent customer service skills.
Must be a confident public speaker able to work with groups of all ages and backgrounds.
Must be able to interact with various personality traits and continue to maintain a professional demeanor with both staff & visitors alike.
Must be responsible, flexible, punctual and able to work well under pressure.
Must possess a positive attitude.
Proficiency in cash handling preferred.
Must be able to work any shift including weekends, nights and holidays; and/or work extended hours if required.
Must be willing to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions including rain, extreme cold and extreme heat or humidity.
Satisfactory completion of background check and post-offer drug and alcohol testing.
High School Diploma or GED required.
A minimum of two years customer service experience required, experience in Visitor Services at cultural institutions or in the tourism industry preferred.

For the full job posting, click here.

Contact for this position:

Meagan Lozano

Visitor Services Manager | Alamo Trust, Inc.

Office: 210-225-1391 x 4001

321 Alamo Plaza Ste. 200 ∙ San Antonio, TX ∙ 78205 ∙

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February 6, 2018

You can view an informational video about the Summer Oaxaca Experience here:


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Hispanic Access Foundation Fellowship Opportunities

January 25, 2018


For more information and additional opportunities, please visit:

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2018 USDN Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellowship

January 18, 2018

The Global Philanthropy Partnership (GPP) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) are pleased to offer six summer 2018 fellowship opportunities with local governments. Fellows will receive a valuable learning experience while helping local governments to advance their sustainability and inclusion goals.

2018 fellowships will be offered with the City of Austin (TX), City of Baltimore (MD), City of Eugene (OR) - coming soon, City of Fayetteville (AR), City of Milwaukee (WI), and City of San Antonio (TX). 

Fore more information and links to apply, click here.

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18th Annual Spring Research Conference

November 22, 2017

For more information, click HERE

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History Graduate Newsletter: November 2017

November 22, 2017

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY! SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce

November 22, 2017

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History Bowl- Tricentennial Edition a Huge Success

November 16, 2017

The Knowledge Bowl Tricentennial took place on Thursday, November 9 in my History 1053.008 classroom and the winners are as follows:  Favour Obuseh (First Place), Andrea Rangel-Toledo (Second Place), and Jada Ebong (Third Place).

In preparation for this event over 22 student contestants (out of a class of 170 students) read 34 Handbook of Texas articles on San Antonio history and Texas history.  During the contest, they were asked 72 questions. Out of that number, 57 questions were answered correctly and 15 incorrectly so 80% of the questions were answered correctly.  I'm very proud of these History 1053 students for doing the extra work and learning so much about the history of their community in the process.

Ray Kennard (student volunteer), Hailey Urbano (student volunteer), Professor Gabriela Gonzalez (course instructor and event MC), Andrea Rangel-Toledo (Second Place Winner), Favour Obuseh (First Place Winner), Jada Ebong (Third Place Winner), Professor Catherine Komisaruk (UGAR and faculty volunteer), and Isabel Camacaro-Cedeno (SI volunteer)

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Senior Seminar Students Curate Public Exhibit In Special Collections

October 20, 2017

Students in Dr. Catherine Komisaruk's senior seminar class "Food and Cooking in Mexico," have completed the installation of a public exhibit in the JPL Special Collections.  The exhibit, titled "Alcohol and Social Class in Mexico," highlights various aspects of the production, marketing, and consumption of alcoholic beverages spanning over 150 years of Mexican History. 

The display is made up of items from UTSA's libraries, primarily Special Collections, that include the Mexican Cookbook Collection and the Mexican Spirits Collection.  Selected items showcase the complexity of social hierarchies that have characterized Mexican political, economic, and cultural life for centuries.


**The exhibit is now open and will run until the end of the Fall semester.  It's located just outside the Special Collections reading room on the 4th floor of the JPL.

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History Graduate Newsletter: Fall 2017

August 29, 2017

Dear fellow students,

I join Dr. Kirsten Gardner, Chair of the History Department, in welcoming you to the fall semester of 2017. As the new Graduate Advisor of Record, I look forward to meeting up with each of you, and learning about your goals and dreams as a graduate student in our program.

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2017 COLFA Research Conference

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to Sheena Taylor and Michael McDonald, who won prizes for the papers they delivered at this year's COLFA Research Conference! 

Sheena won 4th place in the Undergraduate category for her paper "No Mail, Low Morale: The 688th Central Postal Directory Battalion During World War II," which she wrote for Kirsten Gardner's HIS 4973 section on women in the military. 

Michael won 1st place in the Graduate category for his paper "World War I and African-American Expectations from Martial Citizenship," which he wrote for Kolleen Guy's HIS 4973 on World War I. 

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GRE Information

October 4, 2016

Dear Students,

One of our requirements is that students take the GRE exam as part of their admission process. Here is some information about the GRE in case you have questions about this part of the application.

General information about the GRE is available on-line at

The GRE is offered on an appointment basis at a variety of testing centers.  It is no longer offered on a single-day administration. Through the website provided above, GRE Test-takers create an account, choose a test center from a list, and put in a reservation/appointment to take the test on a particular day. Once you set-up your account, you should go to “Register for the General Test” and the system will ask for your zip code, giving you a range of options of testing centers in your area. Next, the test-taker must make a date and time selection for your appointment. You can choose “Find available seats in a 3 month period” or “Find available seats for a specific day.”  The website asks test-takers to book early because the slots fill up.

The application deadline at UTSA for Fall Semester is July 1. Since it takes a couple of weeks for the scores to arrive at UTSA, and for the Graduate School to process that piece of your application, the test should ideally be taken six weeks before UTSA’s deadline. 

Students sometimes ask how the GRE scores factor into our admissions process. We consider the GRE as one of many parts of the complete application, which includes your statement, your letters of recommendation, your preparation in history, and the grades that you have earned in your studies. We look at your results on the GRE as one piece of the application only.  

Hopefully this information will help you complete your application. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the GAR or the Department Staff if you have questions about the process and how to complete your remaining application requirements.

GAR: Kirsten Gardner

Department Staff info here.

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A Message from the GAR: Fall Newsletter

October 4, 2016

Dear Students,

The graduate program regularly publishes a newsletter that features profiles of UTSA History Alumni, information about upcoming conferences, and great resources for graduate students. You can read it here.

Additionally, as registration opens for the Spring semester, please feel free to call, email, or visit to discuss the best classes for your academic goals in this program.  As one note, HIS 5093 “Designing a History Course” is recommended for all those interested in Nau TA positions and fellowships.

I hope your Fall semester is going well and all the best,

Kirsten Gardner

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Catherine Clinton on Harriet Tubman

April 25, 2016

Catherine Clinton

Catherine Clinton

It was recently announced that the new twenty dollar bill would feature Harriet Tubman. As an expert in Tubman's history, our department's own Catherine Clinton was consulted by several press outlets regarding this historic announcement.

In 2005, Clinton released a book titled Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, which is available here and everywhere books are sold. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew cites this book as an important influence on his decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. He discusses the book and his decision in an article by USA TODAY, featured here.

Other media outlets that have spoken to Dr. Clinton regarding her book are:



LA TIMES:  here

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