Current Exhibits - Austin History Center


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

Current Exhibits

Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin's Streetcars

Austin History Center / December 11, 2018 - 

This exhibit documents the history of the operation of streetcars in Austin from 1875 to 1940. The chosen photographs and documents highlight the impact that the transit system had upon the city’s growth and development. Conflict with rideshare companies, issues of mobility and transportation, and electric light rail might all seem like modern issues, but the story of the streetcar proves otherwise and offers us an example of how Austin has attempted to deal with these questions in the past.

The exhibit will be on display at the Austin History Center through May 26, 2019.



Pioneers from the East Revisited: Early Chinese Families of Austin


Austin Central Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St. / May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019

This photography exhibit highlighys the early journeys and history of five of Austin’s earliest Chinese families. These photographs from the Austin History Center’s Asian American archives provide an intimate look into the lives of the Lung, Ng, Sing, Tu and Wong families. Pioneers from the East was originally an Austin History Center photo exhibit curated by Esther Chung Martin and opened to the public in October 17, 2010. Nine years later, the Austin History Center’s Asian American Community Archives Program would like to share these captivating photographs with new audiences at the Austin Central Library in celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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