A Time Before Texas

In the last decade, archeologists have made a number of fascinating new discoveries about the way Paleoindians lived and even how they arrived in the land we now call Texas. These first peoples passed on knowledge and traditions through the generations, eventually giving rise to many culturally distinct Tribes and Indigenous American communities.

Some Indigenous American traditional stories say that their ancestors were always here. Archeologists, who study objects and evidence left behind from early cultures, believe people have lived here for at least 16,000 years. Both ways of understanding the past are important to the study of Paleoindian history. A Time Before Texas considers both current science and cultural tradition to explore what life was like for the first people to call early Texas home.


A Time Before Texas is created by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and circulated in partnership with Humanities Texas.

This eight-panel exhibition is available in both freestanding and wall-hanging versions and is accompanied by copies of a companion card game—"A Year of Survival"—and an online version of the exhibition that includes additional interactive activities and an educator guide.

Exhibition Format


Content8 single-sided panels (24” x 47”)
Space Requirements40 linear feet
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in one plastic case:
  • Dimensions and weight TBD
Rental Fee*$400*
Rental Period4 weeks


Content4 double-sided panels (24” x 47”)
Space Requirements10' x 10'
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in one plastic case:
  • 19” x 54” x 41” - Weight TBD
Rental Fee*$750*
Rental Period4 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.

Publicity Materials

Press release

A press release is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request a copy.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email

2024-2026 Bookings

Midland Historical Society
Midland, TX | Freestanding
07/15/2024 - 08/26/2024

Layland Museum of History
Cleburne, TX | Wall-hanging
09/13/2024 - 11/08/2024

Heritage House Museum
Pflugerville, TX | Freestanding
09/30/2024 - 10/31/2024

Historic Upshur Museum
Gilmer, TX | Freestanding
12/01/2024 - 01/31/2025

Honey Grove Library & Learning Center
Honey Grove, TX | Wall-Hanging
02/26/2025 - 04/02/2025

Tye Preston Memorial Library
Canyon Lake, TX | Freestanding
03/03/2025 - 03/28/2025

Eastland County Museum
Eastland, TX | Freestanding
05/01/2025 - 05/29/2025

Lake Jackson Historical Museum
Lake Jackson, TX | Wall-hanging
05/03/2025 - 06/28/2025

Falls on the Colorado Museum
Marble Falls, TX | Freestanding
10/06/2025 - 11/01/2025

Texas Botanical Garden & Native American Interpretive Center
Goldthwaite, TX | Freestanding
12/01/2025 - 12/29/2025

Ranger College Library
Ranger, TX | Freestanding
03/22/2026 - 04/17/2026

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