Current Exhibits - Austin History Center


Visitors at the opening reception for "Making the Grade," 2015

Current Exhibits

Austin at Mid-Century: Photographs by Dewey Mears

August 29, 2017 - January 14, 2018

The Austin History Center completed of a 2017 TexTreasures grant project cataloging about 40,000 negatives from the Dewey Mears Photograph Archive documenting Central Texas architecture, businesses, people, and events from the 1940s through 1990s. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission. To celebrate the completion of the grant, the AHC is mounting an exhibit, Austin at Mid-Century: Photographs by Dewey Mears. The exhibit showcases more than 20 images illustrating mid-century modern architecture and lifestyle in Austin.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Read more.



Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980

February 21, 2017 - September 17, 2017

An interest in providing a home to communities in need has a long history in Austin and Travis County. Whether serving as a temporary refuge for families displaced by war or natural disaster or engaging in activism to support the safe passage and resettlement of refugees around the world, Austin has provided space for new communities to flourish. Yet, refugees have also faced discrimination when claiming Austin as their new home. 

Finding Refuge in Austin considers how refugees in Austin have grappled with these challenges and worked to empower themselves and their communities.

The exhibit is free and open to the public

Image: AS-61-33161-01. Austin American Statesman Photo Morgue, photo by and (c) Austin American Statesman. 



Holt Photo Gallery at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. The exhibit recognizes local Latina singers, musicians and other Latinas who are or have been part of the local music scene since the early twentieth century to the present but whose presence have not been totally documented or preserved in the annals of Austin’s music history. - See more at: /press-release/latinas-shadow-live-music-capital-world-57367#sthash.YLK4ubxS.dpuf