San Felipe de Austin
Heritage Learning Project 
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An innovative, collaborative project between the Texas Historical CommissionCoastal Environments, Inc. and students/teachers around the world.  We are using technology to reach learners who would like to contribute ideas to the excavation and development of a new visitor center at this important historic site.  We are uncovering Texas History. Join us! See Project Definition for more. 

Recovering the Foundation of Texas History, The Preservation of San Felipe

Ground Breaking on the New Museum!

What a thrill to be a part of this amazing day!  Thank you to everyone at the Texas Historical Commission and Coastal Environments for their continued support of educators and learners.

If you have a classroom or learners that would like to collaborate with us, please reach out to Carolsalva1@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to leveraging our relationship with the THC to create some very meaningful experiences for our high school students.  

Don't know where to start?
Email us and we can help you get involved.  Watch this 4 min video to see what our Heritage Learners and their teachers are saying about their involvement:

Many of our Techfugee Heritage Learners are being highlighted for their contributions to the world!  Our new students bring so much appreciation for education and show how quickly we can acquire a 2nd or 3rd language:

YouTube Video

We would love to interact with your class!

email carol.salva@springbranchisd.com to get involved.


As early as 1819, while Mexico was still Spanish territory, Moses Austin developed a plan to establish an American colony in Texas. Teaming with Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop, Austin presented his plan to Mexican authorities in December 1820. Although he received permission to establish the colony in mid May 1821, Moses Austin died soon after on 10 June 1821. With his death, the colonization plans fell to his son Stephen F. Austin. In search of a place to establish the colony, the younger Austin began exploring southeast Texas in August 1821 (Barker 1925:25-27, 31, 34-35). The following month, however, Mexico gained independence from Spain, stalling Austin’s plans. In August 1823, Stephen F. Austin finally arrived in Texas from Mexico City with authorization to establish a new colony. As part of his authorization, Austin was to found a town to be named San Felipe de Austin near the center of his new colony. Exploring the area that summer, Austin, in conjunction with Land Commissioner Baron de Bastrop and surveyor Seth Ingram, eventually selected the site at the Atascosito crossing of the Brazos River for what was to soon become the capital of his colony. Quickly completing his survey, Ingram laid out 582 town lots, four public squares, and a cemetery by the end of 1823. As empresario, Austin granted over 22,000 acres to the Town of San Felipe de Austin on 1 July 1824 (Moore 2014:1-2, 5).

References listed in Files Section- Project Proposal Document

Pictured below front row: Sherie Townes, Lisa Worley, Diana DelBosque, Xianping Liu, Carol Salva

Back row: Brett Cruse, Will Handlin, Mark Wegener, Bill Handlin, Bryan McAuley, Joseph Maurer, Dr. Jon Lohse

Recent List Items

OwnerDescriptionDue DateComplete
Carol Salva Define Project August 18, 2015  
Carol Salva Publish video of DelBosque's question September 4, 2015  
Bryan Haley Work with students and teachers to understand magnetometer data August 19, 2015  
Bryan McAuley Record student analysis work  August 27, 2015  
Jon Lohse Provide remote sensing data September 3, 2015  
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SPRING BRANCH ISD educators out for a day of learning!
Pictured above and below: Dr. Jon Lohse and Bryan Haley of Coastal Environments, Inc. with Jim Lefeber, Will Handlin, Bill Handlin, Mark Wegener, Joseph Maurer, Diana DelBosque, Xianping Liu, Lynn Austin, Caitlin Mozisek, Stacy Hoover of Spring Branch ISD. and Scherie Townes of the Archaeological Institute of America - Houston. Also pictured are Brett Cruse, Bryan McAuley, and 
Lisa Worley of the Texas Historical Commission.



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