USS Texas (BB35) has had an illustrious career from its commissioning in March 1914 to her position in the 21stcentury. She served during World War I in the North Sea and escorted war convoys across the Atlantic during World War II. Texas now serves as a museum and memorial ship at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Beyond her military service, Texas has had a strong connection with the expanding role of the United States in the early 20th century and been tied to technological advancements that helped shape the modern era. In addition, she remains a vital player as a site of public memory and national identity as America moves into the 21st century and further away from one of the most significant periods in human history.
Dr. Abbie Grubb graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a BA in History and a specialization in Public History. She continued her education at Rice University and received her MA and PhD in History with a focus on 20th Century U.S. History, Military History, and Public History. While working on her graduate degrees, Dr. Grubb worked in several museums including the Houston Maritime Museum and the Battleship Texas/ San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. While working at the Battleship, she met her husband, Ken who is now the Department Chair of History and Geography and a History professor at Wharton County Junior College. Dr. Grubb is currently an Instructor of History and the Honors Program Coordinator at San Jacinto College South Campus.