Tune in to Health: A Radio Program for Travis County Rural Schools
Now on display at Oak Hill Branch, October 2019 - February 2020
[Manor and Fiskville African American Students Walk to Radio House], AR.2002.017(155)
Tune in to Health: A Radio Program for Travis County Rural Schools presents photograph selections from the Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program Records (AR.2002.017). The collection features over 200 black and white photographs from the 1949-1950 school year of the Healthy Living in Our County radio program, a public health education initiative tailored for Travis County rural schools. Teachers, students, and parents were encouraged to tune in each week to engage in a series of thirty 15-minute educational broadcasts programmed through Radio House at the University of Texas at Austin. Topics ranged from receiving immunizations, balanced diets, fire prevention, and rat control to knowing your doctor and maintaining proper mental health. The photographs were taken by Willis R. Bodine, a consultant from the Division of Extension who conducted in-person trainings, interviews, and site visits throughout the duration of the radio program. This exhibit provides a rare glimpse into these rural school communities, capturing student activity, school segregation, home living conditions, school infrastructure, and engagement with the Healthy Living in Our County radio curriculum.
Pioneers from the East Revisited: Early Chinese Families of Austin
Now on display at UT Center for Asian American Studies in Bellmont Hall (BEL 220), November 2019 – May 2020
This photography exhibit highlights 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 UT Center for Asian American Studies in Bellmont Hall (220). Special thanks to UT CAAS Assistant Director Tony Vo for his support in sharing this exhibit.