February 5 – April 21, 2019
Austin History Center | 810 Guadalupe St.
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. 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.
The exhibit images provide 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 Country radio curriculum. The radio program served as a model for neighboring school districts, with the Texas Health Education Council selecting Healthy Living in Our County as the number one project to promote in every county in Texas.
Left Image: Austin History Center, AR.2002.017(102), Top Image: Austin History Center, AR.2002.017(87)