Capturing Young Hearts for History
Night Heron's Texas History Initiative is a multi-media approach to creating new generations of history lovers. We utilize all of our talents to produce factual and entertaining short videos as part of our Slices of Texas History program. With a run time around three minutes, they hold the attention while they address the curriculum. Coupled with each module of videos is a historical fiction book aimed at young readers. These volumes are set in critical time periods of our state's past, and their protagonists represent relatable age and diversity. Texas history teachers have a long curriculum to meet and few engaging resources to help them. The Texas History Initiative aims to fill that void and enrich their classroom experiences.
Support for the THI
The Texas Historical Foundation and Humanities Texas, the state arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have each generously supported Night Heron's Texas History initiative for 2021. We hope that you and your employer will contribute to help us expand our reach and create new history buffs and better informed citizens of Texas.
Our History Initiative Advisors
Our dedicated academic advisors are crucial to ensuring that the Texas stories we introduce into 7th grade classrooms are accurate and well-rounded. Leading that effort are Stephen L. Hardin, Ph.D., professor at Abilene's McMurry University and Ronald E. Goodwin, Ph.D., professor at the historic Prairie View A&M University. Susan Bowen is a retired 7th grade Texas history teacher who brings her classroom expertise to our work. J.R. Gonzales and Brian Hill are public historians with backgrounds in journalism and marketing, and they provide valuable insights, as well. Added to the mix are more than six dozen of the top college history teachers in Texas and beyond who have been resources, both on camera and off, for our production team's previous projects. We take our work seriously, and we humbly thank these amazing people for their continuing efforts.