Sharing stories from history


Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.


Battle of Medina Presentation

Battle of Medina Presentation, Pleasanton, TX

— Passionate, popular and entertaining speaker.
–Tailor-made topics to fit your time and program.
— Inspirational and humorous life lessons from history and from her own life.
— Broad range of topics for corporate, government, political, educational, historical and genealogical groups.
— Available nationally and internationally.


Speaker with Spanish Ambassador at IberoAmerican University Mexico City

With Spanish Ambassador at IberoAmerican University, Mexico City

— 30 years of experience in teaching, business and government.
— Repeat speaking engagements with local, state and national groups.
— Speaker for historical documentaries shown on PBS, History Channel.
— Trainer and speaker for Road Scholars (Elderhostel)
— Destination speaker for Cruise Lines

Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.


De León A Tejano Family History

De León: A Tejano Family History – An emotional story of the struggle and survival of an Hispanic  family on the Texas frontier in the face of changing governments, land loss, expulsion, and ultimate victory.

— Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin; A Campus, A Cabin, A Community – the humorous and entertaining tale of a group of college students and their fight to save an historic Walker County cabin.

— Turn of the Century Photographs of San Diego, Texas – The recovery of lost historic photographs of a small South Texas town from the archives of the Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio.

The Spanish Captain's Daughter

Analisa, The Spanish Captain’s Daughter


Rodrigo Villaseñor, the womanizing soldier

Rodrigo Villaseñor, the soldier lover

The Spanish Texas Trilogy: Novels of New Spain, 1770s – follow the actions and adventures of Analisa, the lovely young daughter of a Spanish captain, and Rodrigo, the Creole soldier who loves her.

— E-Books – short, factual, fascinating, easy-to-read biographies of famous and not-so-famous Texans.

— Audibles – the perfect partner for those one or two hour commutes providing inspirational and entertaining stories of historical characters.

Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.


Region 15 Presentation on Bernardo de Galvez

Region 15 Presentation on Bernardo de Galvez

— Helpful classroom materials for teachers and educators.

— United States and Texas history Power points for high school and college.

— Dilemmas – essay questions to guide teachers and students in studying history.

— Discussion topics to match the Texas TEA guidelines.


Sam Houston students reenaction

Students reenacting at Sam Houston Folk Festival


— 15 years of elementary and high school teaching in Florida and Texas schools

— 20 years of award-winning teaching on the college and university levels

— Retired Professor Emeritus in History

Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.


BRidgeDr. Carolina Castillo Crimm,

— Piper Professor, historian, and award-winning author of De León: A Tejano Family History

— Born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and an American mother, she is descended from early Tejanos on her father’s side (Refugio, 1792) and the Rhode Island Gortons (1632) on her mother’s side.

— She grew up in Coyoacan, Mexico until she was 17 then moved to Miami with her mother and her two brothers and sister.

— With a BA in History from the University of Miami, she taught World and Florida History at Winter Park High School for six years.

— Moving with her husband to Naples, FL, she worked her way up from receptionist to Assistant Personnel Director in Naples, Florida.

— Hired by Hummingbird Windpower, she moved to Texas and set up offices in Houston and a manufacturing facility at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX.

— She gained a certificate to teach Biology, and returned to teaching at Sweetwater High School for four years before moving to Lubbock to complete an MA in historic preservation.

— In 1989, Crimm received a scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she completed a Ph.D. in Latin American History under the late Dr. Nettie Lee Benson.

— In 1992, Dr. Crimm joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX as an Assistant, then Associate and finally Full Professor in History. She has retired as Professor Emeritus.

— She received over a dozen teaching awards, including the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award as one of the top teachers in Texas.

— She worked as sponsor for the Walter P. Webb History Society and served on numerous Boards and Committees, both locally and state-wide.


— Dr. Crimm has spent her career entertaining and educating her audiences with fascinating stories about inspirational historical characters.

— As a Latina/Hispanic immigrant herself, her empowering speeches entertain and challenge her audiences to overcome obstacles and find success through hard work and education.

— Her own experiences have given her an infectious, positive message that she shares with audiences of all ages.

Researching at the Archivo Nacional

Researching at the Archivo Nacional

— Since her retirement from SHSU, Crimm has begun speaking nation-wide to corporations, teachers’ groups, university students, and historic associations.

Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.


Wall of Honor Sam Houston State University

Wall of Honor Sam Houston State University

Texas Teacher of the Year, San Jacinto Descendants, March 2010

Educator of  the Year Award, LULAC, Spring 2006

Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award, Piper Professor, 2004

Mary Jon and J. P. Bryan Texas History Teacher Award, 2003

Excellence in Teaching Award, Sam Houston State University, 1998-99.

Sammy Award, Faculty Sponsor, Sam Houston State University, 1997.

Outstanding Young Educator Award, Winter Park Jaycees, Fla. 1971

Publication Awards for De León: A Tejano Family History

Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association book award, by the Texas Catholic Historical Society, 2005.

Presidio La Bahía Award, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Annual award for the best book on Spanish Colonial Texas in 2005.

San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation 2005 Citation

Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.



Convocation speech to 3,000 Freshmen:

The Wall of Honor

Bernardo de Galvez speech, Florida


Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.

Apr. 30 – Judge for Texas History Day, Texas State Historical Association, Austin, TX.

Apr. 22-23 – Humanities Texas, Austin, TX.

Apr. 18 – Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Huntsville, TX.

Apr. 8 – Dia de la Mujer, Michigan State University, MI.

April 2 – Bernardo de Gálvez Symposium, Rice University, Houston, TX.

Mar. 22 – Walker County Historical Commission, Huntsville, TX.

Mar. 4-5 – Texas State Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Irving, TX.

Feb. 27 – Woodlands Writers Guild, The Woodlands, TX.

Feb. 24 – Road Scholars, San Antonio, TX.

Feb.8-14 – San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference, San Miguel de Allende, MX.

Feb. 4 – Sons of the Republic of Texas, Houston, TX.

Feb. 1 – Teacher Workshop, Texas State Historical Association, Richardson, TX.

Jan. 30 – Teacher Workshop, Region 4, Houston, TX.

Jan. 8 – Amigas Latinas, Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Seabrook, TX.

Jan. 7 – Main Street Board Meeting, Huntsville, TX.

2015 (Partial Listing)

May 2 – History Day, Judging student works, Texas State Historical Assoc., Austin, Tx.

May 7 – Wine Down, Shop Small, Huntsville, Tx.

May 8 – Conference Planning meeting, Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez, Rice University, Houston, Tx.

May 29-30 –  Conference (Private), Austin, Tx.

June 9-11 –  Bernardo de Gálvez presentation, Region 15 teachers, San Angelo, Tx.

June 15-19 – Conference presentation (Private), Fargo, North Dakota.

June 25 – De León and the Civil War, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Bryan, Tx.

July 31-Aug 1 – Researching in Spain and Mexico, Geneology Conference, Huntsville, Tx.

Oct 7-9 – Las Villas del Rio, Hispanic Geneological Assoc. Meeting, Laredo, Tx.

October 9-10 – Annual Conference, Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez, Washington, D. C.

October 24 – Juan Seguin, Patriot, Seguin Reunion, Seguin, TX


Carolina Castillo Crimm, Ph.D.


Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin Paperback – January 8, 2003


“Introduction” to Hers, His and Theirs by Jean Stuntz;


“Introduction” to Voices from the Wild Horse Desert by Jane Clements Monday and Betty Colley;


“Mathew ‘Bones’ Hooks” in Black Cowboys of Texas, editor Sarah Massey;


“Mary (Mollie) O. Taylor Bunton”  in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, editor Sarah Massey;



De León: A Tejano Family History – Paperback – February 1, 2004



“Fernando de León: Leadership Lost” in Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas, editor Jesus F. de la Teja;.


“Petra Vela and the Kenedy Family Legacy,” in Tejano Epic: Essays in Honor of Felix Almaraz, Jr., editor Arnoldo de León


“Mexican-Texans after the Texas Revolution, 1836-1870,” in Tejano Journey


“J. Frank Dobie,”  Editor, Richart H. Cracroft, Twentieth-Century American Western Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography,Vol. 212


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