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Museum Exhibits or Programs

Permanent and/or temporary exhibits and associated programming found at museums or historic sites that is intended for educators or students.

No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in WWI

No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in WWI will be traveling throughout Texas over the two-year centennial period (2017-2019). Come walk among the eleven thousand veteran names on display and learn their stories: men who died in combat, served as officers, unloaded ships, buried the dead, kept the sawmills going, trained for war on Texas college campuses, and in some cases, deserted.

Sunday Speaker Series

The Museum of South Texas History began the Sunday Speaker Series of the New Year in January with a talk by Joseph Fox about Lone Star beer’s 1970s marketing campaign. Upcoming talks feature the evolution of women's fashion and Confederate and Union Tejanos. The Sunday Speaker Series features talks that span various aspects of Texas history and culture. The series is free with regular admission into the museum. The Museum of South Texas History was founded in 1967, and preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

Fort Griffin Horns and Tales Longhorn Program

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., see part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd up close at Fort Griffin, and hear history and tales from the cattle drives and early ranching. Learn about Texas Longhorn cattle and experience a living part of Texas history. All ages are welcome. Program is included in the daily admission fee. Other tour times are available on request—please call 325.762.3592 one week in advance.

Dolph Briscoe Jr. Exhibit Now on Display at the Briscoe–Garner Museum

This program presents the exhibition and opening of the new Briscoe-Garner Museum. The Briscoe-Garner Museum is one of four divisions of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. The museum is located in the house that served as John Nance Garner's home for more than thirty years. The museum is dedicated to the remarkable lives of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner and Dolph Briscoe, both Uvalde natives and historically important political figures from Texas.

Austin Beginnings

This is an online exhibit from the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. It showcases many of "memorable Austin firsts." Austin's history has been filled with events great and small, significant and trivial, historic and amusing. All have contributed to building the city that is first in our hearts. Finding these milestones is one of the pleasures of conducting research in the Austin History Center. The staff, volunteers, and customers of the Austin History Center share just a few of the memorable firsts that we have discovered in our files.

Capitol Views

This is an online exhibit featured by the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library and highlights Austin history through views of its Capitol. The current capitol, built in 1888, is the fourth building in Austin to house the offices of the Texas government. It is a story of an engineering and construction feat to equal few others of its time, of financial and political maneuvering, of struggle and compromise, and of people who planned and worked for its completion.

Austin Streets

This is an online exhibit featured by the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. Austin's street history truly begins in 1839, just prior to the city's founding, when Mirabeau B. Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas, commissioned his old war-time friend Edwin Waller to survey the site for the new capital city and to oversee its planning and construction. Waller, who had participated in the signing of the Declaration of Independence and was well-acquainted with pioneering work, accepted the task.

Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

This is an online exhibit featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. It highlights the Texas Presidency and all men who lead Texas to strengthen. On March 2, 1836, when a group of 59 men meeting at Washington-on-the-Brazos declared Texas's independence from Mexico, they did so in an atmosphere of crisis. As they turned their attention to hastily draft a constitution for the new nation they called the Republic of Texas, the crisis intensified.

Summer Nights at the Museum

This is an event sponsored by the Museum of South Texas History. Join the Museum of South Texas History for the conclusion of a three-night adventure, Summer Nights at the Museum, in which the museum’s signature Rio Grande Legacy exhibition comes to life. The final night will feature River Crossroads gallery with hands-on activities, try-on costumes and games. MOSTHistory Puppet Theater will also perform “I Used to Be a Star” while guests enjoy complimentary popcorn.

Lost Victorian Austin

This is an online exhibit from the Austin History Center and the Austin Public Library. This exhibit, originally displayed in April 1994, was a joint presentation of the Austin History Center and the Heritage Society of Austin. Many thanks go to Heritage Society members Gregory Free and Martha Hartzog for using photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal recollections from the Austin History Center's collections to create this exhibit.