For months, cultural institutions across the state have been quickly and creatively adapting their programs to continue serving Texans in the face of unforeseen challenges. By transitioning their programming online, many of these organizations have significantly expanded the audiences they serve. This month, Humanities Texas asked a number of organizations to share news of their upcoming remote programming, including online exhibitions and gallery tours, web-based lectures and discussions, documentaries, and educational resources. The result is the following list of initiatives, which highlights opportunities for online learning and enrichment while also helping all of us remain connected to Texas organizations during this ongoing period of social distancing.

Tony Peña (left), communications specialist, films Bianca Zecca, a docent at the Museum of South Texas History, for a bilingual video highlighting the history of the rebozo, which was used during the Spanish colonial era.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Fort Worth

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has moved several of its signature events online. See more below about upcoming offerings.

Virtual Exhibition Talk: Acting Out

On Thursday, September 3, join the Amon Carter Museum on Zoom for three short talks and learn about the history of cabinet cards, which was America's main format for photographic portraiture through the last three decades of the nineteenth century.

Virtual Homeschool at the Carter: Paper and Process

On Wednesday, September 9, join museum educators via Zoom to kick the school year off with an investigation of works on paper from the Carter's collection. Family groups will explore works of art with museum educators, make connections to a variety of curriculum areas, and learn to create their own artwork using materials readily available at home.

Virtual Bookish: The Art of Forgery

On Thursday, September 24, join the Amon Carter Museum as they discuss Noah Charney's The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers. Dive into the stories, dramas, and human intrigues surrounding the world's most famous forgeries—investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and, in doing so, conned the public and the art establishment alike. Senior Conservator Jodie Utter will lead a Zoom session on how to recognize forgeries, followed by a group discussion of the book.

The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers by Noah Charney.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens has developed a virtual tour of their historical complex in Houston. By texting BAYOU to 56512, visitors can tour the house and gardens at Bayou Bend from the comfort of their own homes. Visitors will learn more about the historic mansion, stellar collection, and landmark gardens of this Texas cultural treasure, a state historic landmark which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See champion trees, hear about Ima Hogg's philanthropy, and explore historic objects reflecting craftsmanship in Texas and the United States as well as their historic and cultural contexts.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio

Join the Briscoe Book Club to explore great works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction inspired by the vast and varied experiences of the American West. Participants will discuss a new book each quarter. The next discussion will take place on Tuesday, September 22, on Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp. The Briscoe Book Club is offered via Zoom and facilitated by Paivi Hoikkala, a historian with experience working in higher education with subjects focused in Native American, Women's, American, and Western history. For more information, email

The Bryan Museum, Galveston

Styling by the Sea: 140 Years of Beachwear

The Bryan Museum invites viewers to visit their virtual exhibition Styling by the Sea: 140 Years of Beachwear. Vacationers and residents have expressed their personal sense of style on the Gulf shore since the establishment of Galveston as a resort community in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Enjoy a unique selection of swimwear, sunglasses, beach bags, totes, hats, sandals, and other accessories.

War on Rats! Bubonic Plague in Galveston

Epidemic diseases, perhaps most notably Yellow Fever, are embedded in Galveston's history. An outbreak of bubonic plague during the summer of 1920 was a brief, tumultuous, and overlooked episode in Galveston's history (that coincided with a bathing beauty pageant along the Seawall and a longshoreman's strike on Harborside). This four-episode video series is available on the Bryan Museum website.

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas

Toni Morrison: A Tribute and a Celebration

When Toni Morrison passed away in August 2019, she was one of the leading voices of American letters, having received the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes and many other top awards for her fiction. Titles such as The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, among others, are still widely read and taught, and her work has become a key source in current national discussions of race, class, and the relationship of art to culture. On Tuesday, September 22, the Dallas Institute will host Toni Morrison: A Tribute and a Celebration, featuring four guest speakers—all scholars who teach and write about Morrison—who will make brief presentations before engaging in a conversation with each other and the audience via video conference.

Toni Morrison.

Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin

On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, giving women in the United States the right to vote. But it wasn't until August 6, 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that all American citizens were guaranteed this right. In SUFFRAGE NOW: A Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Exhibition at the Elisabet Ney Museum, women photographers nationwide were invited via a juried open call to share photos that comment on this historic occasion, imperfect though it may be. The most eloquent images were chosen and included in this online exhibition. The Elisabet Ney Museum is uniquely qualified to host such an exhibition, as its namesake was a firebrand artist and activist who fought bravely for democracy and women's suffrage in Europe and America but did not live to see it secured. Programming to accompany the exhibition will include a monthly online discussion with show jurors and featured photographers.

"Women Hold Up Half of the Sky" by Fort Worth photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales, featured in the exhibition.

Emancipation Park Conservancy, Houston

Emancipation Park was created by Houston's African American community leaders as a place to commemorate the anniversary of their emancipation, Juneteenth. During its 148th Juneteenth Celebration, the Conservancy launched a GPS-led audio guide of its park. Visitors can stream the guide by downloading the free GeoTourist app on their mobile devices and can tour in-person or from the comfort of their homes. The audio guide will lead visitors to the monuments of the founders, formerly enslaved community leaders from the Third and Fourth Ward of Houston, who united residents and civic organizations to commemorate the anniversary of their emancipation by building a park of their own. Emancipation Park and its historic buildings have been designated a Protected Landmark by the City of Houston. It is part of the UNESCO Slave Route Project and the Emancipation National Historical Trail.

Renovated cultural center at the historic Emancipation Park in Houston.

Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston

Galveston Historical Foundation's #galvestonhistory Online Live Lectures, held on the Foundation's official Facebook page, feature guest lecturers covering a variety of topics relating to Galveston and its unique history. On Thursday, September 10, the Galveston Historical Foundation and Preservation Houston will present "Houston Deco." Authors and photographers David Bush and Jim Parsons will explore Southeast Texas's Art Deco heritage, using current and historic images to showcase some of the best local examples of the style. On Thursday, September 24, tune in for "Lost Galveston" with Brian Davis, the author of Lost Galveston and executive director of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, for a tour of Galveston Island's lost buildings and stories.

Gemini Ink, San Antonio, and Writing Workshops Dallas, Dallas

Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink present The Big Texas Read, a monthly virtual book club for readers across the state. Each month, participants read one work of prose or poetry by a Texas author. Upcoming selections include Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale, Above Us the Milky Way by Fowzia Karimi, and the poems of Wendy Barker. Author chats, Q&As, and discussions are scheduled every two weeks via Zoom.

Above Us the Milky Way: An Illuminated Alphabet by Fowzia Karimi, an upcoming selection for The Big Texas Read.

George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas

On September 14, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will host "Education as a Civil Right," a discussion with historian Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and current Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, and Jamila Thomas, SVP of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, former director of the Dallas Independent School District’s racial equity office, and a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich will discuss the state of civil rights in America and what is at stake for our country if we don’t ensure that a quality education is accessible for all.

Jamila Thomas and Lonnie Bunch.

Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, College Station

At the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University (TAMU), the Global Health Humanities initiative will present a multi-part webinar series called "Frontline Workers' Stories During Covid-19." Speakers will address topics such as training challenges in the health professions, emotional and physical burnout, and priorities in patient care during a time of crisis. The series will explore the role of sharing and listening to stories in understanding these issues.

The Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, in partnership with TAMU's Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, will present virtual events on the theme of "Coastal Communities and Justice," focused on environmental justice, energy, community, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. The series begins with a screening of the award-winning documentary film Seadrift and Q&A with the director, Tim Tsai, and associate director, Thao Ha. These events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please visit the Glasscock Center website for details.

Historic Waco Foundation, Waco

Historic Waco Foundation is pleased to offer new online programs, including virtual field trips for the 2020–2021 school year. These offerings join the foundation's extensive catalog of online content, including lectures, House Tours from Home, and a virtual Waco Walk.

Historic Waco Foundation continues to expand programming with new content designed for home engagement. Virtual Cooking Classes connect viewers to local restaurants to interact with local chefs and learn to make some of their favorite Waco dishes from home. Virtual field trips will take classes or families on a docent-led tour through some of Waco's oldest homes to learn what life was like in the early 1900s. These tours can be scheduled with Historic Waco Foundation's office for families who are homeschooling or teachers looking for an affordable field trip with their classes.

The historic Earle-Napier-Kinnard House in Waco.

Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston

The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) has made several programs available on their website. Viewers can enjoy virtual tours of exhibitions such as Everyday Strangers, which explores the diversity of the human race and documents the human story, presented by Alonzo Williams Jr., the museum's first Global Artist Fellow. Other virtual tours include New Growth, highlighting artist Cedric Ingram, and Pride, Dignity, and Courage, featuring works by Ted Ellis. HMAAC has also made recordings of past panels and lectures available online, covering topics such as Black feminism, Juneteenth, and the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

LBJ Presidential Library, Austin

When President Lyndon Baines Johnson dedicated his presidential library in 1971, he declared, "It's all here, the story of our time—with the bark off." With the Bark Off: Conversations from the LBJ Presidential Library is a weekly podcast bringing insightful, revealing conversations with the biggest names and best minds of our day straight to listeners. Featuring new interviews as well as recent "best of" live programming from the LBJ Library, the podcast is a production of the LBJ Foundation, hosted by its president and CEO, Mark K. Updegrove.

Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg

Summer Nights at the Museum is an annual series of family events hosted by the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory) in Edinburg. This series chronicles the history and heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, engaging families with place-based living history activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MOSTHistory held Summer Nights at the Museum Online, producing a series of bilingual videos and activities shared via the museum's social media platforms and available on YouTube. The historical themes ranged from archaeology and fossils to the museum's most prized artifact, the 1910 Jail.

Tony Peña (left), communications specialist, films Bianca Zecca, a docent at the Museum of South Texas History, for a bilingual video highlighting the history of the rebozo, which was used during the Spanish colonial era.

National Ranching Heritage Museum, Lubbock

The National Ranching Heritage Center has partnered with author John R. Erickson on a four-book Ranch Life Learning series that explains ranch life to children through the humorous voice of Hank the Cowdog. Written to engage children in learning about ranching and to serve as a resource book for science and social studies classes, these e-books are available for purchase on Amazon or Apple Books. Free TEKS-aligned activities have been developed for each book in the series and are available for download at the National Ranching Heritage Center's Ranch Life Learning website.

National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and KAMR FOX 14 created a joint project to celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August. KAMR featured a weeklong series from August 17–21 interviewing twenty diverse women in the Panhandle community about their jobs, passions, and thoughts on suffrage. The videos are hosted online for continued viewing.

Additionally, #PPHMatHome is a daily posting online of arts, artifacts, and public programming video experiences to followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The museum posts videos of experience-focused activities, such as creating a BB8 during Star Wars Day or tissue paper art of Palo Duro Canyon, one of the area's most beautiful landmarks.

Texas Archive of the Moving Image, Austin

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image's curated online exhibitions provide users with a deeper understanding of a variety of Texas topics and time periods, from the oil boom to the moon landing. Recent web exhibits include Rewind 2000: Imagining the Future at the Turn of the Millennium which surveys how Texas media documented the turn of the twenty-first century, and Broadcasting 1968, which considers one of our nation's most consequential years through the lens of local television news. Scenic Route: Discoveries in Texas Film & Video provides a guided tour through ten years of media preservation through TAMI's Texas Film Round-Up program. Including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, and local television, the exhibition highlights the diversity of experiences collected from Beaumont to El Paso, Brownsville to Amarillo, and countless places in between.

Texas Folklife, Austin

Texas Folklife's Virtual Roundtable Series debuted in March as a new flagship initiative with the goal of keeping the folk and traditional arts community connected during this time of social distancing. Seven installments have been produced thus far, with topics ranging from Radical Care and Folk Traditions to Black Gospel Music and Social Justice. Each discussion features a wide range of experts and artists across multiple folk arts disciplines in the state of Texas. All of the Roundtable Discussions can be found on the Texas Folklife YouTube Channel.

Texas Folklife currently offers two digital exhibitions available to a global community of passionate learners. The Art of the Vintage Ride features photographs of vintage cars taken by Tim Higgins over a period of seven years at the Lone Star Round Up and The Austin Speed Shop in Austin. Stitched Stories of Texas Quilters features quilts made by Texan women as examples of their desire to commemorate and remember the stories of their lives and the lives of others. Both exhibitions are hosted on the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which includes pieces from Smithsonian collections as well as user-generated resources and collections available to view at no cost anywhere in the world.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin

The #TXBookChat series, presented by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about thirty minutes and provide a look into different aspects of the state’s literary world while bringing together diverse voices and perspectives. The next #TXBookChat will take place on Thursday, September 17. Join author and professor Norma E. Cantú for a discussion on using words and narrative to create a better world.

Norma E. Cantú.

Tom Lea Instiute, El Paso

The Tom Lea Institute has prepared several online lesson plans developed in consultation with district curriculum directors to target high priority subjects while reflecting state-of-the-art pedagogy. Covering topics from the Mexican Revolution to World War II to the New Deal, these resources are available free of charge and include activies for project-based learning. Adults and students alike will learn about the rich heritage of the West Texas region and the iconic art of Tom Lea. Other online initiatives from the Tom Lea Institute include Mindful Mondays yoga classes in collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Voices of La Lydia, an online presentation featuring archive materials from the El Paso County Historical Society.

From the Pass of the North mural by Tom Lea.

Wittliff Collections, San Marcos

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University presents Wittliff Wednesdays. This feature, shared via YouTube, highlights paintings, sculptures, and archive items in the collection, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the museum galleries and facilities. Episode topics include Tejana singer Lydia Mendoza, artist Buck Winn, and author John Rechy.

The Wittliff Collections.