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February 2013

 

News to History

2013 is shaping up to be extremely busy and productive for the Briscoe Center. One of our major endeavors is News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency, an exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library that will open to the public on February 15. In addition to iconic images of the presidents themselves, News to History features images of some of the events and personalities that helped define each president’s tenure, capturing the interaction of the president with his times.

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Detail from When I Rise film poster

The Texas Independent Film Network (TIFN) has chosen the Briscoe Center’s award-winning documentary film, When I Rise, to be the first film in the TIFN’s Spring 2013 program. The film will be screened across Texas including Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and College Station. When I Rise tells the story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds, and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

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Detail of book cover "The Crusade Against Slavery" by Louis Filler

The recent acquisition of the papers of historian Louis Filler is an excellent example of a growing collection strength for the center: American intellectual history. The collection provides in-depth coverage of his teaching, writing, and research career and illustrates some of the shifts in the college-level history curriculum during the three decades following World War II. The Filler Papers join other collections at the center that document the lives and careers of significant American scholars, including Walter Prescott Webb, Lewis Gould, Clarence Ayres, and C. Wright Mills.

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Detail from Variable Star Crib Quilt, 1866. e_wqh_0222

Join us at Winedale for an expanded exhibition contrasting the quilting traditions of Amish and Mennonite communities. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Winedale is four miles northeast of Round Top at 3738 FM 2714 (off FM 1457). Winedale is a historical complex of nineteenth-century structures and modern facilities situated on 225 acres of picturesque Texas countryside.

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Joyce Gross at the opening of "A Legacy of Quilts: The Briscoe Center's Joyce Gross Collection", Photo by Harry Cabluck.

In 1969, a University of California at Berkeley history major named Joyce Gross joined a quilting bee. In 1973 she purchased her first quilt for three dollars at a flea market. This past Christmas Eve, she died peacefully, having become a pioneer of the modern quilting movement in the preceding forty years. The Briscoe Center joins with many in expressing both gratitude for Joyce's life and sorrow at her passing. (photo by Harry Cabluck)