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 - May 26, 2019

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.



Tune in to Health: A Radio Program for Travis County Rural Schools


Austin History Center, Holt Gallery / February 5, 2019 - April 21, 2019

This exhibit presents photograph selections from the Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program Records (AR.2002.017) archived at the Austin History Center. 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 school classrooms. 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.

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