Online Exhibits - Austin History Center

Online Exhibits

 


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Fehr and Granger: Austin Modernists

An exhibit of photographs documenting the works of Mid-Century architects Arthur Fehr and Charles Granger.

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PICB 19746

 

Backwards in High Heels: Getting Women Elected, 1842-1990

This exhibition is the Austin History Center’s look at the local women who have played a significant part in politics in Texas’ capital city.

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AR.2008.005(016)

 

Pioneers from the East: First Chinese Families in Austin

Asian American families who ended up in Austin built a life for themselves by opening up businesses and immersing themselves into the community. All of their hard work paved the way for future immigrants and Asian Americans who settled down in Austin.

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PICB 07214

 

O. Henry in Austin

In 2010 the AHC partnered with the Texas General Land Office and the State Preservation Board to create an online collection of O. Henry materials at the Portal to Texas History. The collection includes photographs, original manuscript material, first printings of many of his short stories, and scans of some of his collected works.

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PICA 01442

 

Austin Public Library Jubilee: 75 Years of Building Community

The Austin Public Library celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2001. The exhibit traced the history of the Austin Public Library from its humble beginnings in a small upstairs room on Congress Avenue in 1926 all the way up to present day. The full exhibit was on display May 4-October 28, 2001.

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PICA 18441

 

Train Tracks: A Journey on Austin's Railways

A gallery of photographs takes you on a journey on Austin's original railways.

 

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PICB 02905

 

Defining Legacies: For the Love of Austin

This exhibit tells the stories of people whose legacies helped define Austin--from the end of the Civil War to the more recent impact of a few noteworthy citizens. In this exhibit, we pay homage to just a few of those individuals whose activities are documented in the archives of the Austin History Center.

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PICA 02672

 

Austin's Creeks

The Austin History Center, in association with the City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department, presents a tribute to Austin's creeks, originally on display September 7-November 22, 1999. This exhibit presents the story of Austin's creeks and their place in Austin's life and livelihood.

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PICA 19600

 

Wings Over Austin: The History of Austin Aviation

This is an exhibit that follows the flight path of our city's aviation story, from the city's first airplane landing through the transformation of Bergstrom Air Force Base into the new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The complete exhibit was at the Austin History Center May 10-August 29, 1999.

 

Austin Treasures

Austin Treasures is made up of ten separate exhibits on differing themes.  Originally created through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's TexTreasures Grant program in 2001, they have been preserved in their original state and reflect the Web design esthetics and capabilities of their time. The following exhibits comprise Austin Treasures:

 

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PICA 00331

 

Austin Beginnings

Austin's history has been filled with events great and small, significant and trivial, historic and amusing. All have contributed to building the city that is first in our hearts. Finding these milestones is one of the pleasures of conducting research in the Austin History Center.

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PICH 00696

 

Lost Victorian Austin

In the early 1970s, just as the historic preservation movement was flowering throughout the nation, Austin lost three significant Victorian-style houses in the central downtown area: the Butler House, the Houghton House, and the Hunnicutt House.

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PICB 13189

 

Jane McCallum/Suffrage Movement

Drawing on materials from the Jane McCallum Papers (AR.E.004), this exhibit looks at the work of the Austin Suffrage Association and women who played key roles in the movement.

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PICA 27170

 

Red Points and Ration Cards

An exhibit exploring life in Austin during World War II when Austin was known as a "Home Away from Home" for over 20,000 military personnel and their families. Austinites found ways to entertain the troops as they came into the city each weekend from nearby Camp Gary, Fort Hood, Camp Swift, and Bergstrom Field. Join us  for a look at life in Austin during World War II.

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PICA 20591

 

Just Outside Austin

This exhibit explores the rural areas surrounding Austin, including North, Northeast, East, West and Northwest areas of Travis County, Pflugerville, Manor, Sprinkle, Hunters Bend, Manchaca, and Wheatville.

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C00253

 

Capitol Views

Originally created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Capitol in 1988, this exhibit depicts the history that led up to the need for a new Capitol building, the construction, the celebration of the completion, and the building as a place of work and decision making.

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PICA 09283

 

Green Growth

The exhibit "Green Growth" profiles some of the individuals and organizations that have given of themselves for the enhancement of Austin's natural beauty, and the public and private spaces that they have enhanced.

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PICA 02442

 

Austin Streets

 This exhibit looks at some of Austin's major streets over time and provides the origins of many street names.

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PICA 15506

 

Austin at Work

A look through the photo files of the Austin History Center helps illustrate some of the changes over time in working life of Austinites.

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PICA 02628

 

Hyde Park

This exhibit celebrates Hyde Park, portraying life in the streetcar era when doors were never locked and did not need to be. These photographs offer a portal through which viewers can step back in time to experience for themselves life on the avenues.