Have Stories, Will Travel

Letters, diaries, and other written sources provide interest, authenticity, and connect us personally to the past. Using collections from Texas libraries, museums and archives is a great way to revive stories long dormant. From a Texian volunteer’s last letter home, to motivations behind Sam Houston’s Last Will and Testament, to a child’s account of the Great Storm at Galveston, are just a few of the lesser-known stories Buck shares with organizations and groups. If interested, please contact him at, buck@historify.co for more information.

Historify Workshop

Surrounded by millions of interesting historical documents and thousands of maps at the Texas General Land Office Archives inspired Buck to share these resources with K-12 classrooms. From this emerged the teacher workshop he conducted in school districts and education organizations around the state for over a decade. After retiring, Buck fashioned a condensed version of the teacher workshop for non-educator audiences. The Historify workshop introduces a few interesting historical documents: where they came from, their context in history, and why they are important to the study of the past, all within a one-hour, hands-on presentation. If interested in a more in-depth presentation, please contact him at buck@historify.co for more information.

Buck is a native of Waco, Texas, an Air Force veteran, and graduate of Saint Edward’s University in Austin, where he received a BA in American Studies and a Certification in Secondary Education. He later earned a Certificate in Public History from Texas State University, San Marcos. Buck taught Texas history in both Austin and Round Rock ISDs until his retirement in 2009. In 2009 he joined the staff at the Texas General Land Office Archives, retiring in December 2019.