Events

December 6, 2014,
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Event

Humanities Texas will host its sixth annual Holiday Book Fair at the historic Byrne-Reed House on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A number of noteworthy authors, including Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, James Magnuson, Elizabeth Crook, S. C. Gwynne, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bill Wittliff, Carrie Fountain, M. M. McAllen, Jacqueline Jones, Richard Parker, Margaret Lewis Furse, John Taliaferro, Wayne Thorburn, Emilio Zamora, Chris Tomlinson, James E. Bruseth, Tracy Dahlby, and Steve Wilson, will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books, which Humanities Texas will offer for purchase at a discounted price. Available titles include works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with selections for both adult and youth audiences. Proceeds will benefit Texas libraries.

Byrne-Reed House
1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, TX 78701
September 27–
November 30, 2014
Exhibition

Featuring thirty-eight photographs paired with excerpts from his dynamic speeches, interviews, and authoritative writings, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition documents the full course of Chávez’s remarkable career and examines the life experiences and philosophical influences that drove him to dedicate himself fully to improving the lives of American farm workers. For more information, contact the Confederate Reunion Grounds at 254.472.0959.

Confederate Reunion Grounds
1738 FM 2705
Mexia, TX 76667
October 2–
December 31, 2014
Exhibition

Wilderness and Wildflowers: The Legacy of Lady Bird Johnson was created to honor the former first lady and wife of the 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, during the centennial year celebrating her birth in 1912. Featuring photographs, video, and excerpts from her speeches and writings, this exhibition shows us a strong, highly intelligent, and committed woman who cloaked her enterprising spirit in civility and a warm, gracious manner. For more information, contact the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at 512.232.0200.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739
October 10, 2014–January 16, 2015
Exhibition

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts detailing the struggle in Texas. For more information, please contact the Museum of East Texas.

Museum of East Texas
503 N. 2nd Street
Lufkin, TX 75901
October 12–December 12, 2014
Exhibition

In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity. Nebraska photographer Bill Ganzel set out in the late 1970s to find and re-photograph Dust Bowl survivors for a book and exhibition. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition combines the FSA photographs and Ganzel’s interviews to create an eloquent story of human fortitude. For more information, contact the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at 308.432.6710.

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center
1000 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
October 13–December 13, 2014
Exhibition

Destination México displays a large collection of facsimile mementos from tourists’s travels to Mexico, including post cards, saved leaflets, and organized snapshots.  This exhibition also examines the influence of political and economic conditions in Mexico and the United States and technological developments in tourism. For more information, please contact the Forest Home Farms Historic Park.

Forest Home Farms Historic Park
19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583
October 20–
November 30, 2014
Exhibition

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition includes forty-four facsimile prints of exceptional pen-and-ink drawings by Clifford K. Berryman that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process. Although faces and personalities change, Berryman's cartoons illustrate how the political process in our democracy has remained remarkably consistent. The cartoons provide relevant commentary and fascinating insight into the campaigns and elections of today. For more information, please contact the Old Jail Museum Complex.

Old Jail Museum Complex
5th & Elm
Palo Pinto, TX 76484
November 10, 2014–January 5, 2015
Exhibition

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat, and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle. For more information, please contact the Midland County Library at 432.688.4320.

Midland County Library - Downtown Branch
301. E. Missouri
Midland, TX 79701
November 25, 2014–
January 31, 2015
Exhibition

Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island, a new Humanities Texas traveling exhibition presented in collaboration with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, explores the Port of Galveston's role in the story of 19th and 20th century immigration to the United States and considers universal themes of immigration including leaving home, encountering danger, confronting discrimination, and navigating bureaucracy. For more information, contact The Heritage Society at 713.655.1912.

The Heritage Society
1100 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002
December 29, 2014–February 7, 2015
Exhibition

Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957) was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the twentieth century. A quintessential humanist, he made important contributions in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, theater, and dance. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition focuses on the sophisticated caricatures that made Covarrubias famous. His caricatures provide a unique window into the cultural and political milieu of the 1920s and 1930s. For more information contact the Del Rio Council for the Arts at 830.775.0888.

Del Rio Council for the Arts Gallery
120 E. Garfield St.
Del Rio, TX 78840

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