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Message from Executive Director Don Carleton

May 2013

Dr. Don Carleton, Executive Directory of the Briscoe Center
(L-R) Dr. Don Carleton, Luci Baines Johnson, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, President Bill Powers.

Earlier this month, the Briscoe Center was proud to partner with Texas Exes for a book signing that celebrated the release of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s wonderful new book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, which explores the strength, bravery, and spirit of the state’s remarkable pioneer women.

The Briscoe Center’s involvement with the book, most notably the use of some of our collections, included assistance from our Program Coordinator David Zepeda, who created maps illustrating important sites involved in the Texas Revolution, as well as late 19th-century cattle trails.

By now you should have received the latest verison of our print newsletter, CenterPoints, which has been redesigned and expanded to cover exhibits, collections, acquisitions, and research; as well as to provide updates on the Sam Rayburn Museum, the Briscoe-Garner Museum, and the Winedale Historical Complex.

CenterPoints is a great way for you to keep up with all that goes on at the Briscoe Center. If you would like to receive our future editions, please email us at cah@austin.utexas.edu with "print newsletter" in the subject line.

One of the themes the spring newsletter touched upon was public space. In 2013, the center has been privileged to partner with two of the nation’s premier museums and their respective exhibit spaces. In February, we opened News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency, a major exhibit at the LBJ Library and Museum. We also look forward to Texas Furniture from Ima Hogg’s Winedale Collection, an exhibit developed in partnership with the Bullock Texas State History Museum that opens in July.

Our collections brim with historically valuable artifacts that, when exhibited in public spaces, foster historical literacy and the academic exploration of our nation’s heritage. The success of News to History and the anticipation of the Texas Furniture exhibit give us a powerful incentive to have our own exhibit space to share our collections with the public. For more information on the Briscoe Center’s efforts to modernize our public service and exhibition space, visit the Campaign to Make History pages on our website.

Don Carleton, Ph.D.
Executive Director
J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of American History
 

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