For 2019, the AHC is launching a series of programs called “Know Your District History!” This project is a series of Pop-Up exhibits and programs designed to celebrate the history of the newly created City Council districts. Though the geographic boundaries for each district are relatively new, they represent areas of Austin that have some unique characteristics and histories. Beginning with District 1 in January, the AHC will sponsor a Saturday afternoon event (except for September, which will be on a Sunday to coincide with Austin Museum Day), 1 per month, in each Council district to celebrate the history of the area and to provide an opportunity for the community in that district to share their stories. Each District History Day event will include:
- A Pop-Up museum for members of the community to bring items showcasing their histories for display during the event. The exhibit will also include information from the AHC’s collections.
- Oral history booth for community members to record short, Story Corps style oral histories about their experiences.
- Brief presentations about the council district and its history
- Children’s activities and games
- Historic Photograph Cabinet Card activity
Takeaways from the event will include customized bookmarks about each district as well as a better understanding of the history of your neighborhood.
Schedule of Events (all events 12-4):
District 1: November 12, 2019. University Hills Branch Library.
District 2: February 16, 2019. Southeast Branch Library
District 3: March 2, 2019. Ruiz Branch Library
District 4: April 13, 2019. Little Walnut Branch Library
District 5: May 18, 2019. Manchaca Road Branch Library
District 6: June 8, 2019. Spicewood Springs Branch Library
District 7: July 13, 2019. North Village Branch Library
District 8: December 7, 2019 Hampton Branch at Oak Hill
District 9: September 22, 2019. Austin History Center
District 10: October 19, 2019. Old Quarry Branch Library
Click on the thumbnails below to see some sample images from the exhibit.