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INDEPENDENCE Educational Website
By Anne McGaugh
Washington-on-the-Brazos was the
birthplace of Texas democracy-the
place where chosen delegates convened
to give voice to collective grievances,
forged a Declaration of Independence
and Constitution, and brought forth a
new nation: the Republic of Texas. Yet
this is a story often overlooked in the
telling of this distinctive chapter in Lone
Star history, overshadowed by the Alamo
and the Battle of San Jacinto, in both
schools and popular culture.
The Texas Independence website seeks
to offer a much-needed educational
resource devoted to rediscovering the
extraordinary events that took place at
Washington-on-the-Brazos by bringing
the story of the Convention of 1836 to
life. The site's interactive teaching format
introduces the men who founded the
new republic to today's younger genera-
tion of tech-savvy students and makes
this landmark gathering in the town of
Washington accessible to every class-
room in Texas free of charge.
Project partners for this endeavor were
the Star of the Republic Museum and
the Washington-on-the-Brazos State
Historic Site, both of which supplied the
content, and the Washington-on-the-
Brazos State Park Association, which
provided financial support. The initial
step for this collaborative effort was to
create a steering committee of staff and
educators to determine what educational
methods and tools would be most effec-
tive. Upon agreement that web-based
materials were most favorable, the award-
winning company, EduWeb, was select-
ed to develop the site, and various com-
ponents began to take shape.
The Texas Independence site offers an
engaging format and learning games
based on primary sources, providing a
stimulating environment for under-
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