Capitol Visitors Center Projects & Initiatives
Visitor Services staff interpret the agency's properties to thousands of guests each year. They research, collect and share stories of the people of Texas and the history of these significant sites. Staff share this information through a diverse set of mediums and programs.
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Stories on the Land Teacher Workshop
Each June the Visitors Center collaborates with the Texas General Land Office to hold the Stories on the Land teacher workshop. During this two-day event, dedicated teachers from across the state have the opportunity to not only view the wealth of primary sources in the Land Office Archive but also learn strategies to incorporate this content with their students. We are now taking registrations for 2018 Stories on the Land Workshop, which will take place on Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th. Space is limited to 15 participants. Complete this form to register. Workshop Registration Form
Capitol Tour Guide Oral Histories
In preparation for the upcoming exhibit, "Telling the Capitol Story," staff conducted interviews with former Capitol Tour Guides. The oral history participants have shared their memories of the Capitol, favorite locations and memorable experiences. If you are interested in participating in the project, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several members of Visitor Services and Curatorial staff recently became Certified Interpretive Guides. This nationally-recognized program requires each person to participate in 32 hours of classroom instruction, pass a written exam and make an interpretive presentation. The Tour Coordinator leads recently hired Visitors Services staff through the training program each August.
Capitol Art Tour
The Capitol Information and Guide Service launched the Capitol Art Tour in the fall of 2015. This tour includes the works of 13 artists depicting Texas life and culture on display throughout the State Capitol. Staff researched early Texas’ artists and their works created between 1880 and 1965. If you are interested in taking the Capitol Art Tour, please call - 512.305.8402.
Republic of Texas (1836-1845) Sword
Artifacts offer a compelling way for visitors to engage with the Capitol story. The Capitol Visitors Center borrows artifacts from lenders throughout the state. Staff regularly check the condition and dust objects on display. Staff members photographed details of the unique sword of Ashbel Smith, who served as Surgeon General of the Republic of Texas Army.