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March 2013


Left to right: Margaret Thomas, Steve Northup, Diana Walker, Dennis Brack, Lucian Perkins, Eric Draper, Alison Beck, Alyssa Adams, Don Carleton, Dirck Halstead, David Valdez, Germaine Swanson, David Hume Kennerly, Darryl Heikes, and Frank Johnston.

"The News to History exhibit opening on February 15 was a historic occasion in and of itself. We had an unprecedented number of our photojournalists on hand to celebrate the exhibit, and we've received some wonderful feedback that reflects the power of these images, especially when collected in one space."

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Register of Natchez landings, foth_0424

The Briscoe Center is proud to co-sponsor From Civil War to Civil Rights, the 2013 Historic Natchez Conference, April 17–20, 2013. The program offers presentations on centuries of Natchez and the Lower Mississippi Valley’s history, narrowing to a particular focus on the Civil War and civil rights periods.

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Dirty Thirty event image

In 1971, in the wake of the Sharpstown banking scandal, a group of lawmakers came together to limit the power of special interests in the Texas Legislature. They were known as the Dirty Thirty. Join the Briscoe Center and the Texas Observer for a discussion about the legacy of the reform movement and its impact on Texas politics today.

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Book cover 'The Searchers' by Glenn Frankel

In 1836 in East Texas, Comanches kidnapped nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity.

“I spent many days at the Briscoe Center researching. My work took me to nearly 20 research centers and libraries throughout the United States—none offered a more productive and pleasant experience than the Briscoe Center,” said Professor Glenn Frankel, whose new book used many Briscoe Center collections and images.

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Detail from When I Rise movie poster

The Texas Independent Film Network has featured the Briscoe Center’s award-winning documentary film When I Rise during its Spring 2013 program. Several dates remain as the tour wraps up, including screenings in Victoria and Corpus Christi. When I Rise is the inspiring true story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted UT music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy.