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El Camino Real de los Tejas Teacher Training Workshop

Twenty-two educators gathered on August 4th and 5th for the Museum’s workshop El Camino Real de los Tejas Teacher Training Workshop.  Participants gained new information and insights on the trail which was added in 2004 to the National Trails System.  El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail crosses Texas into northwest Louisiana and is a portion of the historic trail that linked Mexico City with the Spanish colonial capital at Los Adaes, near Robeline, Louisiana.  During the afternoon on Tuesday, the group traveled to Mission Dolores Visitor Center in San Augustine and toured a section of the trace near Geneva, Texas. 

Speakers, including Susan Boyle of the National Park Service, Jim Neal of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Jeff Williams, George Avery, Jimmy Partin, Robin Williams and Perky Beisel, all from SFA, offered participants a thorough grounding in the history of the trail, research methodology and applications for the classroom. 

The workshop is part of the Camino Real Heritage Education Project funded by the National Park Service – Intermountain Region, and is the continuation of more than a decade of involvement by the Stone Fort Museum in educational programming and interpretation of the Camino Real.  The project included two workshops for teachers and heritage resource managers and four public lectures.  Lectures were held throughout the summer in Chireno, Crockett, Nacogdoches and concluded on August 13th  at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site near Alto, Texas. 

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Workshop participants traveled the historic trace at Lobanilla Cuts.
Front row: Melanie Redden, Nayona Millard, Susan Boyle, Barbara Parmley, Emily Hyatt, Michelle Turner, Casey Watts, K.Jenschke; Second Row: Lysa Hagan, Holli Zawlocki, Anne Thomas, Lauree Hayes, Mark Leuschner, Laurie Gallant; Back Row: Maureen Winn, Garrett Kelley, George Avery, Karen Smith, Barbara Masten, and Jeff Williams

Lauree Hayes of the SFA Charter School climbs a ridge between swales at Lobanilla Cuts, a portion of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas.


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