Our Story

Glenn Scott originated People’s History in Texas. In 1975 she invited four other women, including a writer, an elementary school teacher, a librarian, and a graduate student, to a brainstorming session about how to get more information about women’s history into Texas schools. PHIT’s first project was the 1976 Women in Texas History Calendar, published for the Bicentennial. It was […]

Affiliated Organizations

Humanities Texas Humanities Texas offers classroom resources and professional development for teachers to provide students with a holistic education about Texas’ history. Austin Beloved Community Austin Beloved Community is a project by filmmaker Anne Lewis that brings to life Austin’s history. Complete with an interactive map, you’re likely to find that you’re not standing too far from a significant event. […]

PHIT’s Mission Since 1977, we at PHIT have been trying to recover the past, to let people know what went on before.  The current project is to recover the Hightower Legacy. https://www.traditionrolex.com/3 No more Amnesia.  Know Your History. Follow PHIT’s Substack and look for our TikToks, Podcasts, and Short documentaries!  And tell your friends! Newest Projects Jim Hightower – Texas […]

Contact Us

Are you looking for additional information regarding PHIT documentary projects or classroom resources? Do you have an idea for an untold story of Texas history that needs telling? Please contact People’s History in Texas! Email: phit@peopleshistoryintexas.org Melissa Hield: melissa.hield@prodigy.net Richard Croxdale, research: rcroxdal@austincc.edu

Board of Directors

Melissa Hield is PHIT’s executive director. A founding member of PHIT, she also serves on the board. In 2019 she retired as an executive at a Texas state agency where she specialized in strategic, business, and project planning. Hield has a M.A. in American Civilization from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a writer, researcher, and interviewer on […]

About Us

“Texas Camelot: the Hightower Years at the Texas Department of Agriculture” Jim Hightower was elected to two terms of office as Agriculture Commissioner (1983-1991). In the eight years he ran the Texas Department of Agriculture, an amazing team of activists and policy analysts that he recruited and enabled built a legacy of agricultural achievements that are models for the rest […]