University of Texas at Arlington

Diary of a Trip from Boerne, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico

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Diary of a Trip from Boerne, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico

Drawn from the UT Arlington Special Collections.

This kit includes a digital replica of a diary written in 1864 and 1865 by an unidentified woman who traveled with three companions and a driver from Boerne, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico. The kit also includes a digital replica of an 1864 map of Texas that has been enhanced to trace their route. There are three lesson plans included with the diary that develop mathematical, language arts, and critical thinking skills.

This kit was originally developed to complement kits in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The FWMSH kits, complete with artifacts on specific social studies and natural science topics, are available for loan from the museum.

Additional Lesson Plans

Are We There Yet?

This kit helps build basic mathematic skills and develop quantitative reasoning by estimating distance on a historic map and comparing it to the time taken to complete the journey as described in an 1864 diary.

Exploring New Territory

Students will use information from historic and modern maps as well as an 1864 diary to identify and discuss how people traveled long distances in the 19th century.

Using Journals for Historical Research

Students will examine and interpret a primary document to gain insight into the historical research process.