The duties of Texas Rangers have evolved since
their origination in 1823. Founded primarily to protect settlers from Native American
raids and survey the Texas frontier, the Rangers now use a variety
of techniques and tools to investigate crimes such as murder, child
abduction and robbery. This program provides students with the
opportunity to explore the methods by which Rangers gather evidence,
including lifting fingerprints, analyzing ink and handwriting samples
and making molds of shoeprints. Students will then have the
opportunity to assist the Rangers in solving a mock crime by utilizing
the techniques they have learned.
Grades 4-8, 90 minutes.
A Texas Surveying Tradition
The Texas landscape is one of great size and geographical diversity. Early
Rangers were often called upon to serve as surveyors of this wild,
harsh and rugged land. Students will become familiar with the
basic geography of Texas and how the natural landscape affected the
settlement and defense of various areas. After basic instruction
in map-making, they will utilize monuments and period-specific surveying
chains in an attempt to create an accurate map of a portion of the
Grades 4-8, 120 minutes.
Can You Ride? Can You Shoot? Can You Cook?
Early Texas Rangers had to be able to answer “yes” to
these three questions before they were allowed to join the ranks of
these legendary lawmen. Students will have the opportunity to
participate in activities that reinforce these important skills necessary
to becoming a Ranger while viewing and handling objects that the Rangers
may have used while on the frontier. This program is intended
for our younger audiences but may be adapted to meet the needs of your
Grades K-3. 60-90 minutes.
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