CHAPS – The Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail
Learning South Texas’ regional, natural and cultural history, and the story of our own families is the idea behind the CHAPS (Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools) program. CHAPS focuses on discovering our untapped cultural and natural resources, bringing them to light through research and developing them for education, tourism and community pride. This multi-disciplinary program combines the expertise from several UTPA departments: anthropology, history, geology, biology, and sociology.
CHAPS has initiated a new project called the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail. The objective is to design a virtual “tour” in the form of a brochure containing a map and guide, with an associated website, podcasts and QR codes that can provide a conceptual “walk” through history. The project will feature key locations from Laredo to Brownsville that played significant roles in the Civil War history of the region.
As the U.S. Civil War sesquicentennial celebration nears in 2015, CHAPS is seeking support from local residents, visitors, businesses and civic organizations, and all around “history buffs” for this timely and unique Valley project. With a gift to CHAPS and the RGV Civil War Trail, you join us in creating historically and culturally literate citizens. Your contribution to this project will help educate new generations of Valley residents.