Know Your District History

For 2019, the AHC is launching a series of programs called “Know Your District History!” This project is a series of Pop-Up exhibits and programs designed to celebrate the history of the newly created City Council districts. Though the geographic boundaries for each district are relatively new, they represent areas of Austin that have some unique characteristics and histories. Beginning with District 1 in January, the AHC will sponsor a Saturday afternoon event (except for September, which will be on a Sunday to coincide with Austin Museum Day), 1 per month, in each Council district to celebrate the history of the area and to provide an opportunity for the community in that district to share their stories. Each District History Day event will include:

  • A Pop-Up museum for members of the community to bring items showcasing their histories for display during the event. The exhibit will also include information from the AHC’s collections.
  • Oral history booth for community members to record short, Story Corps style oral histories about their experiences.
  • Brief presentations about the council district and its history
  • Children’s activities and games
  • Historic Photograph Cabinet Card activity

Takeaways from the event will include customized bookmarks about each district as well as a better understanding of the history of your neighborhood.

Schedule of Events (all events 12-4):

District 1: November 12, 2019. University Hills Branch Library. 

District 2: February 16, 2019. Southeast Branch Library

District 3: March 2, 2019. Ruiz Branch Library

District 4: April 13, 2019. Little Walnut Branch Library

District 5: May 18, 2019. Manchaca Road Branch Library

District 6: June 8, 2019. Spicewood Springs Branch Library

District 7: July 13, 2019. North Village Branch Library

District 8: December 7, 2019 Hampton Branch at Oak Hill

District 9: September 22, 2019. Austin History Center

District 10: October 19, 2019. Old Quarry Branch Library

Click on the thumbnails below to see some sample images from the exhibit.