|I recently saw Carol Burnett on an episode of Glee. I’ve always adored her, but this time I felt especially close to her because I just learned that she’s from Texas . Who knew? I’m a native Texan too. And I discovered our relation while taking a quiz to test my knowledge on Texas .|
No, I’m not secretly a 4th or 7th grade student (all of whom are required by the state to take Texas history!) But I am excited to announce the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s next special exhibition, Texas! Making History Since 1519 on Sunday, March 6.
As you are undoubtedly aware, Texas has a history as large as the state itself! This exhibit will explore the unique roles that Texas has played: as a Spanish colony, as part of the Mexican Frontera, as an independent Republic, and as the 28th state to join the Union . Visitors will explore Texas ’ rich legacy of perseverance, determination, diverse heritage and unique spirit through the stories of its central events and famous icons.
As it happens, we have an outstanding former Texas history teacher here at the Museum, Amanda Norris, who developed a quiz that we could put online for people to see how much they know about our great state. Then, I thought it would be fun to test my own knowledge and asked my colleagues to join me.
We gathered around the table in the Marketing office on a Friday afternoon and took the test. If you’re a native Texan, or even just “got here as soon as you could,” you might think you’d pass this quiz with flying colors. We certainly did! Out of 11, eight of us were born and raised in Texas (and presumably completed the required 2 years of Texas history required by state education standards ) and we’re proud of it!
Find out how we did - and see what happened when we asked Museum Visitors the same questions - in my post on the HMNS Blog.