STC History Club Pecan

STC History Club Pecan STC History Club Pecan is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote the study and appreciation of history by discussing major issues or topics of historical significance, sponsoring lectures and special events that celebrate history on campus.

USING THE POWER OF HISTORY TO TRANSFORM LIVES!!!! IF YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR HISTORY, THE STC HISTORY CLUB PECAN HAS SOMETHING FOR YOU. :) CONSTITUTION: Article I - STC History Club at Pecan Campus Section 1 The name of this organization shall be STC History Club at Pecan Campus. No other name will be used in the advertisement or representation of the club. Article II : Purpose It shall be the purpose of this organization to promote the study and appreciation of history by discussing major issues or topics of historical significance, sponsoring lectures and special events that celebrate history on campus, and participating in community activities. Article III - Affiliations: None Article IV Membership: Section 1: The membership of this organization shall consist of part-time or full time students of South Texas College. Any current student may join without regard to race,color, religion,national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or membership or non membership in any organization. Section 2 Eligibility Requirements: Members must complete or enroll in one college history course, but do not need to major in history in order to join the organization. They also must maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA or "C" average in other courses. Students on academic probation will not be allowed to join the organization and must remain in good academic standing at the college. Article V - Officers Section 1 The officers of this organization shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. President: 1.- Oversee the other officers in their duties. 2.- Preside over all meetings. 3.- Have signing authority for the club. 4.- Set the agenda for all regular and special meetings of the organization. 5.- Appoint all standing and special committees, and , in the event of a vacancy of an officer's position, shall fill such vacancy by appointment until the next regular election of the organization. 6.- Call any additional meetings. 7.- Represent the organization as needed on and off the college campus. 8.- Consult with the club advisor on all current concerns and activities. Vice-President: 1.- Assist the President in his/her duties. 2.- Assume the powers of the President in his/her absence. Secretary: 1.- Responsible for recording minutes of all meetings and distributing the minutes of these meetings to members of the club as needed. Draft and print flyer and other advertisements of upcoming events, activities and items of interest in the community service, and ny othr appropriate information. Treasurer: 1.- Keep up-to-date accounting records of the club's financial situation and report financial matters at each meeting. 2.- Keep a record of all financial documents and submit all financial records to the Office of Student Activities when required for audit. 3.- Sign all financial documents. 4.- Turn in financial records for re=issue to the new Treasurer when required. Section 2. Qualifications include a willingness to communicate, both oral and written. Interact with other students, and follow all procedures and regulations of the STC Office of Student Life. Section 3: Term of office: One academic year from the time of the election In September to the end of August, prior of the prior to the start of the next school year. Grounds for removal of officers or members include: violation of the student organizations handbook of the STC Office of Student Life and the STC Student Code of Conduct. Section 2.- Impeachment proceedings must be moved and seconded in a general meeting, and the general membership must approve proceedings with a simple majority vote. The officers of the club shall contact members to notify them of the proceedings. And the President or Advisor will attempt to inform the officer or member facing impeachment. Removal from the organization requires a two thirds majority votes of the total membership in a secret ballot during a general or special meeting. The vote for removal must occur no later than three weeks after the approval of impeachment proceedings. to be continued .....

Mission: STC History Club Pecan is a non profit organization dedicated to engage students in historical programs and activities to increase interest and to broaden understanding of past human activity. To Provide leadership skills through lectures, seminars and special events related to the History field. Encourage excellence in research, documentation and interpretation of historical materials. Enrich the public's understanding and appreciation beginning with the history of our community. Foster an appreciation of the importance of historical places and materials to enrich public understanding of the past and present. Serve diverse audiences through accepting History majors as well as non History majors. Promote Pride in both individual and community heritage. Maintain mutually beneficial relationships with other clubs and organizations. Connecting people to history and sharing stories.

Glad to accompany eight students to the Quinta Mazatlan historic home during one of our trips with the History Club this...

Glad to accompany eight students to the Quinta Mazatlan historic home during one of our trips with the History Club this spring semester.


Thanks for your help and support during South Texas College's Fall Festival on October 27, 2016. We had great time and enjoyed participating in the event!


Thanks History Club for a great time visiting the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg. We had fun during our trip.


The History Club at South Texas College is active again. Any current STC student is welcome to join regardless of their major. Next meeting is Thursday, October 13, 2016. Location will be announced soon.

Group picture after the second meeting of the History Club at STC on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

Group picture after the second meeting of the History Club at STC on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

"Jornadas Desesperadas: Desde la migración forzada a la servidumbre"(25-26 de Marzo, 2015)10th. Simposio Anual en Trata ...

"Jornadas Desesperadas: Desde la migración forzada a la servidumbre"
(25-26 de Marzo, 2015)
10th. Simposio Anual en Trata de Blancas (personas)
Cooper Center - South Texas College - 32-11 W. Pecan Blvd. McAllen, Tx.
El Comité de Estudios de Mujeres de South Texas College, en conjunto con el Centro de Trabajadores de Fuerza del Valle, La Universidad de Texas de Brownsville y el Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, La Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, se complacen en anunciar su Décimo Simposio Anual en Trata de Blancas. (personas).
Éste año la conferencia explorará el proceso de tráfico de personas basados en su género sexual, y que va en constante aumento, desde su punto de origen hasta su destino final. Los invitados especiales de la academia, agencias gubernamentales, NGO's y el campo del periodismo explorarán lo siguiente: (1) el proceso, las causas, y/u otros factores que promueven ambos aspectos: el tráfico de personas y migración voluntaria, especialmente entre las mujeres. (2) las experiencias encontradas durante éstas jornadas tan difíciles, que tanto las mujeres, como los hombres y los niños llevan a cabo, y (3) las condiciones que muchos de estos migrantes enfrentan una vez que llegan a su destino en diferentes países, especialmente la penalización de migración y la servidumbre de diferentes tipos. El simposio terminará con una exhibición de arte sobre los derechos humanos, con obras de artistas locales e internacionales.

Daily Kos

Daily Kos

145 years ago today, the Knights of Labor was founded.

To celebrate the 227th anniversary of the Constitution come join us for a public reading of the entire document!Wednesda...
Constitution Day - September 17

To celebrate the 227th anniversary of the Constitution come join us for a public reading of the entire document!
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 | 11:30am-1pm
Pecan Campus Courtyard

On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.

Daily Kos

Daily Kos

135 years ago today, Margaret Sanger was born. Her activism for birth control, sex education and women's rights continues today.

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India Association of RGV (IARGV)

I invite you to visit, like and share this page. Help us spread our message and the understanding of our culture. Thank you.

IARGV offers programs and services that help promote the awareness of Indian heritage and recognition of its contribution to the North American society.
Faubourg Treme: Fighting for Civil Rights in 19th Century New Orleans

Faubourg Treme: Fighting for Civil Rights in 19th Century New Orleans FollowAhnia LearyPin Oak Middle SchoolJunior DivisionIndividual PerformanceRead Ahnia’s Process PaperTreme is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in New Orleans. Its dynamic history, culture and music even inspired a critically a…



Who Built the Ancient Bolivian Ruins of Tiwanaku?
Who built the giant structures of Tiwanaku in a high and cold area, away from settled colonies? Was it built by the modern inhabitants of the Lake Titicaca region?

Tiwanaku was the capital city of the most powerful pre-Hispanic empire and one of the great civilizations of the ancient Americas. Abandoned for nearly 1,000 years, it was re-discovered in 1549. One of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire, the ruins of this very important pre-Columbian archaeological site are located on the Altiplano of Western Bolivia in South America.

The Mystery
Tiwanaku (also called Tiahuanaco) has been a mystery for generations because of its peculiar stone technology. It also has fantastic origin theories. By 400 AD, it sprawled over the grasslands of the southern Titicaca Basin in the Tiwanaku Valley and was surrounded by eye-catching architectural structures such as palaces, temples and pyramids, as well houses, other buildings and streets.

But, the question that often comes to mind is: who built these giant structures in this high and cold area, with few natural resources, where major crops like cotton, maize and fruits cannot be grown? Who were the original inhabitants that built Tiwanaku and lived there for 1,500 years? And how did their civilization disappear, leaving behind these mysterious structures?

Various Theories
Begun as a small settlement, Tiwanaku was the primary political power in the Titicaca Basin by AD 500 and continued to grow. Initial research suggests that this city was originally built on the Pacific coast 10,000 years ago. It entered into its most powerful phase in the 8th century AD, when dozens of colonies and villages were established throughout the entire Lake Titicaca area.
There is a theory that might well explain how these giant structures were built. The idea is that the Tiwanaku people settled colonies in distant regions, many kilometers away from Altiplano, to grow crops and other products not available on the Altiplano. From these colonies they supervised the construction work. They used ancient techniques to convert the marshy tracts of the lake area into a rich, productive agricultural land. Archaeologists have discovered these fields throughout the Tiwanaku territory, which provided the favorable agricultural base for the Tiwanaku Empire.

Archaeologists and visitors have for years wondered how a vast city could have supported itself at this altitude. Whoever they were, the people of Tiwanaku were superb architects in creating their temples and monuments. What’s more, though they may have appeared to have started to build their city thousands of years ago, the carbon dating of these monuments suggests that they are actually less than 2,000 years old. The research is still ongoing, as the Tiwanaku and its inhabitants left no written history.
If we could prove the notion that Tiwanaku was built by the modern inhabitants of the Lake Titicaca region, it would be the find of the century.

Ukraine and Russia’s History Wars | History Today
Ukraine and Russia’s History Wars | History Today

Ukraine and Russia’s History Wars | History Today

Not so long ago, looking for a short history of Ukraine in a central London bookstore, I was offered the following memorable advice: “Look under Russia”. This is perhaps an appropriate metaphor for Ukrainian history.

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

On This Day (2/27/1973): In 1973 the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied the Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee in protest against the federal government and its policies related to Native Americans. A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and AIM ensued. On March 13, assistant attorney general for the Civil Division of the US Justice Department Harlington Wood Jr. became the first government official to enter Wounded Knee without a military escort. Determined to resolve the deadlock without further bloodshed, he met with AIM leaders for days and, while exhaustion made him too ill to conclude the negotiation, he is credited as the "icebreaker" between the government and AIM. Both sides reached an agreement on May 5 to disarm, and three days later the siege had ended and the town was evacuated after 71 days of occupation; the government then took control of the town. During the incident, a Cherokee and an Oglala Lakota were killed by the FBI.



Aztec Children

The lives of Aztec children are fascinating in many respects. To understand how children fit into Aztec culture, and how they were honoured, we should go right back to the beginning... even before the children were born.


Since warfare was glorified by the Aztecs, it was even used to symbolize childbirth. The baby was a "captive" in the womb, struggling to enter the world. Women who died in childbirth were glorified similarly to warriors who died in the battlefield and honored for their courageous efforts.

A hymn for a new child sung to the goddess of childbirth, found in the Codex Florentino, said:

Down there, where Ayopechcatl lives, the jewel is born, a child has come into the world.
It is down there, in her own place, that the children are born.
Come, come here, new-born child, come here.
Come, come here, jewel-child, come here.

A soothsayer then came to the home of the newly born child to study the astrological significance of the child's birth, down to the exact day and minute of the child's entrance into the world. A birth was followed by rituals and lots of celebrating.
Aztec children and their Parents

All of the evidence is that Aztec parents loved their children deeply. We know of one recorded instance of a father saying to his boy, "Nopiltze, nocuzque, noquetzale", which translates into "Sweet son, my jewel, my precious feather".

However, in matters of discipline, both parents ruled over their Aztec children with a firm hand. Until a child was eight, it seems that the preferred disciplinary action was just a verbal scolding. Aztec children were raised with care by their parents, who made certain that their children knew their responsibilities and had command over the society's needed life skills.

Each child was warned against gambling, gossiping, thieving, and drunkenness.

When older children were bad, they could have a painful punishment. It's known that one of these punishments could take the form of parents holding a child over a chili pepper fire where they forced them to inhale chili pepper smoke, which burned their eyes, sinuses, mouths, and lips.
Chores and school

All older children were expected to help with chores around the house and in the garden in addition to attending school.

The Macehualtin--the class of merchants, peasants, and artisans--children went to a local school known as the telpochcalli where they were taught basic, elemental occupational skills, basics of warfare, civics, and elemental history and religion. Boys and girls attended different schools.

Some Macehualtin children who were gifted and talented got sent to a calmecac. The calmecac was also where children of noble birth, the Pilli, went to school and it was run by priests who taught government and the all-important religious concepts. At the calmecac students also learned Aztec history, astronomy, letters, and poetry.

Boys went to the calmecac when they reached age 15. If they did not attend this school, then they went to the cuicacalli, which was a junior military academy. All of the boys were trained in war and there was heated rivalry between different academies that often led to fights. While there were several professions open to non-working-class men, including priest, bureaucrat, and doctor, the life of a warrior won the most glory.

Aztec girls received more home schooling than boys. They began learning to weave at age four and to cook at age 12. Female education was more or less preparation for marriage, but noble girls spent a year when they were 12 or 13 attending the priestesses in the temple; some would go on to become professional priestesses.

Women had little direct influence in public affairs and politics, but in private affairs, it was a different story altogether. Although men were the official heads of households, women often ran businesses out of the house, and they had to be especially good at the administration of household finances if they were noble, since the men would often be away as warriors, running affairs of state, or making house calls as doctors.

More about classes and society
Games and song

Aztec children played with marbles, stones, and the bow and arrow. When they became teenagers, they might play Ullamaliztli--the legendary Aztec ball game--and the board game Patolli. Learn more about games for Aztec children

Aztec children also learned the deep importance of music, which permeated the entire culture. Children would practice musical instruments both at home and in school, and between the ages of 12 and 15 they would learn many important Aztec national songs.

The teenage years were also marriage years for females, although the males they married were usually in their 20s.

In many respects, the lives of Aztec children mirrored our own children's today. But you might notice some differences, for better or for worse, in national pride, parental disciple, and a sense of individual responsibility.


We, the STC History Club members and advisors were happily surprised to have Dr. Barrera's visit today in our meeting. Dr. James Barrera, it is great to have you back with us. Thank you for attending the meeting. We had missed you. :)

We had a great time in our History Club Meeting.  Our guest speaker,  Dr. Rhonda Gonzales from the University of Texas- ...

We had a great time in our History Club Meeting. Our guest speaker, Dr. Rhonda Gonzales from the University of Texas- San Antonio shared with us many interesting stories. But what made our meeting better and special was that Dr. Barrera is back with us.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Pretty Brown Girl

Pretty Brown Girl

Jewel S. LaFontant-Mankarious (1922-1997), She was the first African American woman to serve as assistant U.S. attorney and the first African American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the civil rights field, she was a founding member of the Congress of Racial Equality, an officer of the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union

Pretty Brown Girl

Pretty Brown Girl

DID YOU KNOW? There was a girl by the name of Claudette Colvin who refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955. However, due to the fact that she was a teenager and became pregnant before marriage. Colvin was a student at Booker T. Washington High School. On March 2nd, she was returning from school when she got on a bus. Later, a white woman got on the bus and the bus driver ordered Colvin and two others to give up their seats. Colvin refused and was arrested. However, the NAACP didn’t think she was the icon to appropriately start the movement they envisioned, due to societal views on teenage pregnancy at the time. However, Colvin was still important because she one of the four plaintiffs in Browder vs. Gayle which overturned bus segregation in Montgomery and Alabama.


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