TEXAS STATE CEMETERY 4 th GRADE TOUR GUIDELINE WELCOME
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The Texas State Cemetery’s goal is 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 explore the early European exploration and colonization of Texas, the heroic individuals who played key roles in the Texas Revolution, and the men and women of various racial and ethnic groups, who shaped the state. Students will also discover those individuals who, through culture, impacted life within the state and individuals who left a mark on Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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 few activities in the packet will help students identify 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:
September 11th Monument
Medal of Honor 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 a seek-and-find and a “Who Am I?” sheet that students can complete after they have gone through the web site and have become more familiar with the cemetery.
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.
1. I am known as the “Father of Texas”. Who am I?
2. My flag is considered to be the first Lone Star Flag to fly over the Republic of Texas. Who am I?
3. I was a general in the Civil War after serving as Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas. Who am I?
4. I wrote several books, but I’m most famous for Old Yeller which was turned into a movie. Who am I?
5. We were governors of Texas in the early 1900s. My wife became Texas’ first female governor. Who are we?
6. I carried the mail through Comanche territory and was a Texas Ranger. I’m known for having big feet. Who am I?
7. I was the first person to be buried in the cemetery in 1851. I was a Republic of Texas veteran, a legislator, and vice-president of the Republic. Who am I?
8. I saw that the Cemetery needed a change and put forth an effort to renovate the Cemetery grounds. Who am I?
9. I lived 11 years after being scalped by Indians. Who am I?
10. My monument stands the tallest at 31 feet tall. I was a Reconstruction governor and a lawyer in Texas. Who am I?
11. We helped capture Santa Anna and were Republic of Texas veterans. Who are we?
12. I lost a leg in the Siege of Bexar and went on to build the Capitol of Texas.
Who am I?
13. I was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and became Austin’s first mayor. Who am I?
14. I’m known to have three legs. I also became a lawyer and chief justice of Texas and helped create many of Texas’ early laws. Who am I?
15. My nickname is “El Diablo” and I played baseball in the Negro Leagues. I had a .392 batting average and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Who am I?
1. Who was the first person to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery?
2. What other important building in Austin is made of the same type of rock as the Columbarum Wall and what type of rock is it?
3. What is one of the three names for the cemetery road?
4. Where did most of the veterans in Confederate Field live before they were buried in the Texas State Cemetery?
5. What two flags can be seen on the Albert Sidney Johnston sculpture?
6. What flag did Joanna Troutman sew?
7. What was the nickname of Stephen F. Austin’s first settlers to his colony?
8. Who was the first African American women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives?
9. Name one improvement during the Renovation of the Cemetery.
10. How long did Josiah Wilbarger live after being scalped by Indians?
11. Which governor has the tallest monument?
12. How old is the statue on Governor Connally’s monument?
13. What does cenotaph mean?
14. What safety precaution did Willie Wells invent?
Texas State Cemetery
Austin, TX 78702
We’re located off of 11th Street; just one mile southeast of the Capitol Building
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Published in 2006 by The Texas State Cemetery