Special Projects

More Depth

Contemporary Texas History's special projects are narrative histories particular to specific topics or people that require more time to research and prepare than most stories on our site.

More of Texas

Many of our special projects are of a regional or statewide scope, and we take care to include history from as many parts of Texas as possible.

More Features

Contemporary Texas History's special projects include bonus features, such as photo albums, maps, audio or video recordings or other items to provide a more interactive look at Texas history in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

D-Day News Comes to Texas

Contemporary Texas History is proud to present, "D-Day News Comes to Texas," our latest special project. This interactive project features a narrative history of June 6, 1944 in Texas, a front pages of Texas newspapers from that day, and a map of documented D-Day observances in Texas.

Etta Moten Barnett

Learn about Etta Moten Barnett, born in Colorado County, Texas, and  the first African American Woman to sing solo in the White House and the first woman to appear in a major motion picture in a role other than that of a domestic servant. Read Etta Moten Barnett: The Remarkable Story of a Woman from Weimar.

Hazel Allred Stokes and the Accident That Changed Texas Traffic Safety Laws

When the governor's sister had an accident because a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, the consequences stretched farther than one might think. Read more about it here.

Sadie Patillo: Little Known Desegregation Pioneer

Today, Sadie Patillo is all but forgotten. However, she was the first woman of color in Texas to win any kind of desegregation action before a state court in Texas. Learn the story of how her case invalidated bus segregation--at least, temporarily--in Texas in the early 1930s. Read Sadie's story here.