October, 2010The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), established on March 2, 1897, and located on the University of North Texas (UNT) campus, has unveiled its new website this week. The new site will provide a polished, contemporary look that enhances the user’s experience through new features and improved navigation while continuing to offer access to information about its many programs and events and to rich historical resources, such as the Handbook of Texas Online and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. The site also offers a new shopping cart capability that will make it easier for the public to order books from TSHA Press, register for events, and purchase materials pertaining to education programs, such as Texas History Day.
“The TSHA website, which receives more than 10 million page views per year, has not changed a great deal since it first went online in the mid-nineties,” said TSHA Executive Director Kent Calder. “It was due for an update. The new site will provide a better experience for users and also do a better job of informing them that it is the Texas State Historical Association that makes these popular resources available.”
The Association worked with UNT Libraries Multimedia Development Lab to redesign the site and with UNT’s Portal to Texas History to provide a newly digitized version of more than 100 volumes of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, which has advanced search capabilities and much greater readability.
The new website is one of several projects that the Association is executing with funding from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and the Houston Endowment in order to establish a greater digital presence. With the popularity of eBook devices sky rocketing, the Association is working to digitize TSHA publications and offer in a wide range of formats for purchase. The new TSHA Press site provides an updated list of Kindle editions. TSHA is also developing prototypes for smart phones and other devices and is working with the Portal to Texas History to provide past editions of the Texas Almanac in digital format.
Check out the new site at http://TSHAOnline.org/ today. The Texas State Historical Association, the state’s oldest and most respected historical organization, strives to improve the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of Texas history through its education programs and publications.
For more information about the Texas State Historical Association and its programs, please visit the organization’s website or call 940-369-5200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 940-369-5200 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897, and housed at the University of North Texas, the Texas State Historical Association is one of the nation’s most dynamic regional history organizations. Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship, its mission is to further the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas through research, writing, publication, and educational programs.