Holt Gallery, Austin History Center / February 6, 2018 - April 15, 2018
The Austin History Center invites you to to its newest exhibit “Clearing Stones and Sowing Seeds: Photographs from the Travis County Negro Extension Service”. The exhibit presents selections from the Travis County Negro Extension Service Photography Collection (AR.2000.025) archived at the History Center. The photographs, taken between 1940 and 1964, document the variety of services and educational programs offered by the Extension Service, including animal husbandry, crafts, domestic education, gardening and agriculture, and home improvement.
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.
Peter Mansbendel: Handcrafted History
New Non-Fiction, 5th Floor Central Library / January, 2018 -
Peter Mansbendel was perhaps the most talented woodcarver in Texas and the Southwest, though he remains a relatively unknown among 20th century Texas artists. His artistic legacy is represented in architectural details in hundreds of buildings across Texas and hundreds, if not thousands, of household items. His influence can be seen throughout Austin in many of its buildings including the Austin History Center where his craftsmanship is on display in the woodwork through out building.