September 22, 2019

The historic Byrne-Reed House will open its doors to the public on Sunday, September 22, 2019, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to celebrate Austin Museum Day with two Humanities Texas exhibitions—Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy and Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the exhibitions, learn more about Humanities Texas programs, and take a guided tour of the Byrne-Reed House.

Humanities Texas
1410 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
October 21, 2019,
6:30 p.m.
Film screening

On October 21, 2019, Humanities Texas will hold a screening of The Mark of War at the Yucca Theatre in Midland. Following the screening, the film's director, Ricardo Ainslie, will respond to questions from the audience. This program is free and open to the public.

Yucca Theatre
208 North Colorado Street
Midland, TX 79705
August 9 – November 4, 2019

Drawn from files of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service archives at Texas A&M University, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women, helpful programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Extension Service, and the changes that swept across rural Texas in the Great Depression and World War II. For more information, contact the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute.

Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute
300 South 5th Street
Waco, TX 76701
August 19–
September 30, 2019

State Fair is a visual distillation of Arthur Grace's photographic odyssey through fairs in ten states—California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Time and again, regardless of geographical location, Grace's images deftly capture the strange mixture of the traditional, the kitsch, and the off-the-wall that is unique to these annual gatherings, which began as a celebration of rural American life and have evolved into super-sized extravaganzas. State Fair is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas. For further information regarding this event, please contact the Courthouse-on-the-Square.

110 W. Hickory Street
Denton, TX 76201
September 1–
October 1, 2019

William Shakespeare is the quintessential subject for a humanities program. Born into a culture formed by the great humanists of the Renaissance, he peopled the stage with characters that embody both the glory and riddle of being human. Shakespeare draws primarily from print resources of the Harry Ransom Center and production photographs of the Department of Theater and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, please contact the Wells Branch Community Library.

Wells Branch Community Library
15001 Wells Port Dr.
Austin, TX 78728
October 1–31, 2019

In the 1840s, German immigrants began settling at New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Sisterdale, and other locations in Central Texas, imparting a distinctive character to these communities. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features reproductions of archival photographs, newspaper headlines, maps, and paintings that tell the story of a people remarkable for individual and communal industry in setting down roots and adapting ways of the old country to life in a new world. For more information, please contact the Z. I. Hale Museum.

Z. I. Hale Museum
221 W. Dale St
Winters, TX 79567
October 1—
November 30, 2019

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition is composed of thirty-one photographs from the work of University of Texas at El Paso professor emeritus Dr. Robert H. Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt’s background is in natural resources and physical geography. For the last three decades he has tracked changes in the Chihuahuan Desert. This exhibition presents, in visual form, an interpretation of scientific information about the region of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Covering over 140,000 square miles, the Chihuahuan Desert is considered the largest in North America. This exhibition explores the topography and natural beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and considers the human impact upon it over a period of thirty years. For more information, please contact the El Paso Museum of History.

El Paso Museum of History
510 N. Santa Fe Street
El Paso, TX 79901
October 12, 2019—January 17, 2020

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, contact the Museum of the Southwest.

Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Avenue
Midland, TX 79701
November 1, 2019–
January 10, 2020

Curated by a native of Sudan, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition uses color photographs, descriptive texts, and artifacts to provide a vivid introduction to the town and people of a Nubian village on the banks of the Nile. For more information, contact the Bell County Museum.

Bell County Museum
P.O. Box 1381
Belton, TX 76513
November 11—December 3, 2019

The annexation of Texas as the twenty-eighth member of the United States of America had a profound impact on world events and the course of democracy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition narrates the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation, and the consequences of that vote. For more information, please contact the Pearce Collections Museum.

Pearce Museum
3100 W. Collin St.
Corsicana, TX 75110