25 Years/25 Treasures:
A Celebration of UT Austin's Briscoe Center for American History
On view starting Sept. 17, 2016 until Monday, January 16, 2017
LBJ Presidential Library
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"25 Years/25 Treasures celebrates the Briscoe Center's quarter centennial, as well as more than a century of collection and curation at the university since its founding in 1883," said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. "Items on display vary greatly from one another, but have at least one thing in common—they each make unique and important contributions to our understanding of the past."
Documents on display include letters written by Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the oldest datable photograph of Texas (1849) and the oldest published description of Texas (1555). Other artifacts include maps, photographs, and flags, as well as historic furniture, quilts and clothing. Of special mention is the marble rostrum used by every speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives between 1857 and 1950, and an 1881 legal opinion that has been called the "founding document of American corporate capitalism." Each treasure is supplemented by additional artifacts that help explain both the treasure and its time. In short, the exhibit showcases many of UT Austin's most valuable objects of historical significance.
Dolph Briscoe: Texan Now on Display at the Briscoe–Garner Museum
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Briscoe–Garner Museum, a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, proudly presents the new permanent exhibit Dolph Briscoe: Texan. The exhibit is displayed on the refurbished second floor of the Briscoe–Garner Museum, which until now has never been open to the public. Dolph Briscoe: Texan is organized around key themes in the governor's life and career, and covers his time as a rancher and family man in Uvalde, his military service in World War II, his key accomplishments while serving as a state representative and later governor of Texas, and his wide-ranging philanthropic activities.
Willie Nelson: Texas Icon
In 2013, Nelson donated his vast collection of gifts, awards, and personal items to the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center. The Briscoe Center is a natural home for the Willie Nelson Collection, with resources covering a wide range of folk and popular music of Texas and the greater South and Southwest. The Willie Nelson display in the North End Zone of the Longhorn football stadium will change regularly to explore different aspects of this multitalented man and his music.
The Sam Rayburn Museum will reopen Sunday, November 11, after a comprehensive renovation of its permanent exhibit, the first major overhaul of the exhibit since the museum opened more than fifty years ago.