Current Exhibits - Austin History Center


Visitors at the opening reception for "Making the Grade," 2015

Current Exhibits


Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

Holt Gallery, Austin History Center / July 31, 2018 - October 28, 2018

The Austin History Center invites you to its newest exhibit “Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin". The exhibit presents a snapshot look at how the public confronted the political and social issues of their time. Diverse images from a variety of Austin History Center collections highlight Austin residents in their earnest efforts to create social change in their communities.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Read more.


Place Your Face in History


Austin History Center / February, 2018 - Summer

The Austin History Center invites you to to participate in the exhibit “Place Your Face in HIstory”. For your enjoyment we’ve put together a set of life-sized images of people and settings from Austin’s past that make for great picture-taking. We invite you to enter these historic settings for a snapshot or selfie or both. Take a photo at the bar of an old Austin Saloon. Add your face to a picture of a UT football player from the days of leather helmets and no face guards. Or stroll across Congress Avenue around 1940 with the Capitol in the background.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Paperweights from the Collection of Alvin and Marion Bates


New Non-Fiction, 5th Floor Central Library / July, 2018 - 

Al Bates volunteered for the Austin History Center for over 11 years. This exhibit features one of Al's many interests - collecting paperweights on road trips with his wife Marion. "Our paperwight collection began when Marion, as a child, received a small orange and yellow flower glass paperwight made in Ohio." An interest was sparked and as the years passed more and more paperwights were acquired. The collection highlights the process of making paperwights and the artists who created them. 

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