TEXAS STATE CEMETERY . 7th GRADE TOUR GUIDELINE. WELCOME.
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The Texas State Cemetery’s goals are to educate children of all ages on the importance of preserving our past. Students will explore the grounds of the Cemetery to learn Texas history through the people that are interred here. Students will examine the full scope of Texas history from European exploration, colonization, revolution, to republic and statehood. Students will focus on key individuals in each era who impacted the building of Texas. Students will also be able to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas by identifying those individuals of different racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state; and those individuals who continue to run the state today as a mayor, legislator, or governor.
This packet is designed to assist the student in helping them discover the Texas State Cemetery before their visit. In addition, it is also a guideline to help you, the teacher, by giving some tools that will help prepare your class for your visit to the Texas State Cemetery.
The activities in the packet will help students identify those people in the Texas State Cemetery who have built communities, identify local government officials and how they are chosen, identify characteristics of good citizenship, hear of folklore, identify individuals who have preserved cultural heritage, and identify those individuals who have helped communities through science.
We look forward to your visit to the Texas State Cemetery and we are excited about sharing our unique history with you and your class.
There are certain rules that must be followed during your visit at the Texas State Cemetery and some things that you may wish to consider before your arrival. When you arrive, please check in at the visitors center and the staff will help you organize your group before the start of the tour.
most likely encounter on their visit at the Texas State
Albert Sidney Johnston
Walter Prescott Webb
Jim and Miriam (“Ma and Pa”) Ferguson
Stephen F. Austin
Judge Edwin Waller
Edmund J. Davis
“Peg Leg” Ward
Joseph H. Barnard
Other monuments or areas that will be seen:
Medal of Honor Monument
September 11th Monument
Sometimes, due to time constraints, it will not be
possible to see everything listed here; however, the
staff makes every possible effort to include those
individuals and places listed above as well as any
special requests from visitors.WHO AND WHAT WILL WE SEE?
To familiarize the students with the Texas State Cemetery, teachers may wish to visit our web site at:
Our web site includes biographies and pictures of the people and their monuments. Students may
wish to read about a certain individual in order to become more familiar with who it is they will be
visiting at the cemetery. Our web site also includes pictures of the grounds and students will be able
to see the area before their visit.
Students may not be familiar with certain events in Texas history so it may be beneficial to acquaint
your students with some of the facts regarding Texas history. You may want to briefly explain the
These activities include discussion questions, a matching worksheet, and biographies
that students can read and then write a one page essay on the individual of their
choosing. If the teacher chooses, these may be turned in for participation grades or
This activity may be saved for the actual time of your tour or completed after the tour in
your classroom. Students can take the form, fill it out as we go along, and turn it in to the
teacher for a grade.
The objective is to help students develop an understanding of the purpose
of the Texas State Cemetery and will help prepare the students for their
visit. You may want to have students gather into groups, write their collective
answers on the handout and then discuss with the class their answers.
Ask the students if any of them have ever visited a cemetery.
Most will raise their hands, but ask them to describe their experience. Was
it to go to a funeral, was it to visit a relative that died, or was it to
conduct genealogical research? Most students who visit cemeteries go with
their parents to attend a funeral not realizing that a whole community is
interred on the grounds. The discussion should focus on the historical
significance and importance of cemeteries to preserve the past so future
generations know where they come from.
Also, discuss historical significance of the Texas State Cemetery. Discuss the
differences between other cemeteries the students have visited.
www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online to find out more about their person.
Suggested biographies include but are not limited to:
Find the monuments of these Texas heroes and match each person with his or her lifetime achievements. Your best clues will be the words that are underlined. Remember to look on the backs of monuments.
_____Ashbel Smith A. Founded Waterloo, now Austin, TX and the first person to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
_____J. Frank Dobie B. Brought the first 300 families to Texas and is known as, “The Father of Texas”.
_____Ma and Pa Ferguson C. Governor of Texas, Lt. Governor, and the youngest member to be elected to the State Senate at age 27.
_____William Wallace D. Served as governor three times and was wounded while riding in the vehicle that JFK was assassinated.
_____Allan Shivers E. Renowned Civil Rights leader, first black woman elected to the Texas Senate. Teacher.
_____Joanna Troutman F. Secretary of War and later fought in the Civil War as a general and died at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.
_____John Connally G. Historian and creator of the Handbook of Texas.
_____Edward Burleson H. His Books Are His Monument and author of Old Yeller.
_____Josiah Wilbarger I. Storyteller of the Southwest and professor at UT
_____Stephen F. Austin J. Considered to have sewn the Republic’s first Lone Star flag that flew over Goliad.
_____Walter Prescott Webb K. Survivor of the Alamo with her babe in her arms she carried the news to Gen. Sam Houston.
_____Fred Gipson L. Governors of the State of Texas and one of them was the first female governor.
_____William Ward M. Nicknamed “Bigfoot” he carried the mail through Comanche territory and was a Republic of Texas veteran.
_____Barbara Jordan N. Lost a leg in the Siege of Bexar but went on to build the first capitol building for Texas. He served as Austin’s mayor three times.
_____Albert S. Johnston O. “Father of Texas Medicine” he was appointed surgeon general in the Army of the Republic and served as a legislator, ambassador, educator and a military hero.
_____Susanna Dickinson P. Came to Texas a second time with Stephen F. Austin and fought in the Battle of Velasco and was a delegate to the Constitution in 1835. He also survived being scalped, living 11 more years.
O Ashbel Smith
I J. Frank Dobie
L Ma and Pa Ferguson
M William Wallace
C Allan Shivers
J Joanna Troutman
D John Connally
A Edward Burleson
P Josiah Wilbarger
B Stephen F. Austin
G Walter Prescott Webb
H Fred Gipson
N William Ward
E Barbara Jordan
F Albert Sidney Johnston
K Susanna Dickinson
Texas State Cemetery
Austin, TX 78702
We’re located off of 11th Street; just one mile southeast of the Capitol Building
And our fax number is:
Published in 2006 by The Texas State Cemetery