Organized in Austin on March 2, 1897, the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) is the oldest learned society in the state. Its mission is to “foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas.” The Association’s publications include the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, more than 150 scholarly books, the Texas Almanac, and the well-known Handbook of Texas.
The Handbook, the nation’s preeminent state history encyclopedia, attracts 402,000 visitors per month from more than 233 countries and territories . Through its varied education programs, the Association directly serves more than 71,000 elementary through college-aged students each year, while indirectly reaching an additional 73,000 through its teacher training opportunities.
TSHA is known for its extensive resources, you can access the Handbook of Texas ; order award-winning TSHA books; explore the Southwestern Historical Quarterly; and learn about the TSHA’s many educational offerings, including the Annual Meeting and numerous programs for students and teachers of Texas history.
TSHA Online is created and maintained by the Texas State Historical Association and distributed in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin.