“America has historically been a home for those who suffered elsewhere. The Mennonites came to America, like millions before them, with hope. . . . They cherish the religious and political freedom we often take for granted and, if given a chance, will make a significant contribution.” — Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen (1980)
Two photographers, Laura L. Camden and Susan Gaetz Duarte, each spent more than a year documenting two separate Mennonite communities for their master’s thesis at The University of Texas at Austin. Separated by almost four hundred and fifty miles, the communities represented in this exhibition are the Mennonites of Seminole (West Texas) and the Beachy Amish Mennonites of Lott (Central Texas). Though there have been other Mennonite settlements in Texas in the twentieth century, the Lott and Seminole groups have proven themselves with their longstanding, unceasing presence as well as their continued growth. They have endured because of their tenacity, community strength, and ability to adapt.
This exhibition features fifty black–and–white framed and matted photographs along with ID labels, narrative panels, and photographer statements. This exhibition may be rented with both the Laura L. Camden and Susan Gaetz Duarte images or as seperate exhibitions.
Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
|Content||Susan Gaetz Duarte - 25 black-and-white photographs, framed and matted.|
• 1 - 11’’ x 14’’
• 20 - 22’’ 24’’
• 4 - 24’’ x 32’’
ID labels, narrative panels, biography, and photographer’s statement.
Laura L. Camden - 25 black-and-white photographs, framed and matted.
• 1- 11’’ x 14’’
• 19 - 22’’ x 24’’
• 5 - 24’’ x 32’’
ID labels, narrative panels, biography, and photographer’s statement
|Space Requirements||210 linear feet of wall space (or 105 linear feet each)|
|Shipping Weight and Dimensions||Travels in 2 anvil crates with wheels|
• 44” x 30” x 36” - 335 lbs.
• 44” x 30” x 36” - 335 lbs.
|Estimated Rental Fee*||$700*|
|Rental Period||6 weeks|
*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.
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