Heritage, Volume 02, Number 04, Fall 1985

EVENTS

The Star of the Republic Museum at
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical
Park is sponsoring a special
exhibit entitled "Promise in a
Lonely Land: Texas Women and
the 19th Century." The exhibit,
which will remain on display throughout
1985, examines the frontier stereotype
of women and outlines various
areas of a woman's life in Texas
during the 1830s, including domestic
chores, child rearing, clothing, and
leisure activities.
Texas State Library
In celebration of Texas' 150th birthday,
the Texas State Library will
present seven special Sesquicentennial
exhibits beginning November
1985.
Visitors to the Lorenzo de Zavala
State Archives and Library Building
in Austin will be able to view priceless
manuscripts, original documents,
books, photographs, and
other historical treasures throughout
the celebration. Showcased will be a
draft of the 1836 Constitution, diaries
and journals of early settlers,
plus documents relating to Revolutionary
War heroes such as Sam
Houston, Ben Milam, and J. W.
Fannin.
The exhibits will cover the spectrum
of Texas' development since early
Spanish exploration and will focus
on the laws, people, cities, and
events creating today's modern state.
The first display features "Texas
Books and Writers: 150 Years" and
will spotlight the variety and depth of
literature including biographies, fiction,
folklore, and history. In conjunction,
a statewide campaign will
be launched urging each citizen to
conduct a personal observance by

reading one Texas book per month
during 1986. Contributions to local
libraries will also be encouraged to
augment and expand Texana collections
and research materials.
The exhibit schedule for JanuaryFebruary
1986 includes "Legislative
Landmarks of Texas," a survey of
significant laws which continue to affect
daily life. On display will be official
copies of legislation, landmark
laws, and governor's messages to the
House of Representatives and Senate.
Both the process and influence of
legislation will be highlighted.
Open March-April will be "The
Texas Revolution," depicting political
and military events of the period
through private papers, government
records, and printed works.
"The Republic of Texas" during
May-June will survey the stormy tenyear
period of independence and the
achievements during this unique era
of American history.
During July-August, "The Governors
of Texas" will spotlight the
chief executives of Texas, the accomplishments
of their administrations,
and the role of the executive branch
in state government.
Photographs, documents, and publications
on view in SeptemberOctober
will trace the development
of Texas cities, businesses, and family
life in "150 Years of Texas'
Growth."
Culminating the Sesquicentennial exhibits
will be "Texans in the Wars"
during November-December. Maps,
diaries, correspondence, and military
records will honor the valor of
Texas fighting men from the Revolution
to the present.
An exhibit summary brochure will
accompany each display and list significant
dates and a bibliography. In
addition, special Sesquicentennial
souvenir certificates will be available
to document visits to the archives
during 1986.
Visitors will also be able to view
items on permanent display, such as
copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence,
the Travis letter from
the Alamo, and various treaties between
Texas and other countries.
Group tours of the lobby can be arranged
by calling (512) 475-2445.
For more information about the
Texas State Library's Sesquicentennial
activities, contact Melissa Roberts,
P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX
78711, (512) 475-1523.

1985 Dickens
Victorian singers, dancers, comics,
musicians, and other entertainers
were performing on street corners
and sidewalks in Galveston's Strand
Historical District this past summer,
auditioning for a "Dickens of a celebration"
in December.
In preparation for the 12th annual
Dickens on The Strand, December 7
and 8, the Galveston Historical Foundation
is auditioning entertainers on
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to
determine the best acts for the event.
Dickens on The Strand, which will
attract some 100,000 visitors this
year, is an authentic re-creation of
19th century London, when Charles
Dickens was the leading literary
light, and Queen Victoria ruled the
British Empire.
The entertainment, the food, the decorations,
the crafts, and Christmas
gifts at Dickens on The Strand all reflect
the true flavor of England in the
late 1800's. The Strand in Galveston
is one of the largest collections of restored
Victorian commercial buildings
in the United States, today housing
more than 60 unique shops,
boutiques, galleries, pubs, and
restaurants.
Groups or individuals-professionals
or amateurs-are invited to
participate in the auditions by writing
to Karen Schweitzer at the Galveston
Historical Foundation, 2016
Strand, Galveston, TX 77550, or by
calling (409) 765-7834 in Galveston
or (713) 488-5942 in Houston.

"High Noon" Celebrates
Sesquicentennial
As the state of Texas approaches its
150th year since declaring its independence
and becoming the Republic
of Texas, Republic Bank and Rice
University's Office of Studies are
sponsoring a special Sesquicentennial
series of High Noon, entitled
"The Birth of Texas: From Settlement
to Statehood."
The free, lunch-hour programs on
Texas' history will begin September
25 and conclude November 20 at four
locations throughout the city.
"High Noon has been one of our most
popular programs since 1979," says
Republic Bank Houston's Director of
Public Affairs, Marilyn Pharr. "This
year's special Sesquicentennial series
promises to be another delightful and
educational lesson on the Lone Star
State."
Republic Bank Houston will host
guest speakers every Wednesday beginning
September 25 through October
23 at Republic Bank Spring
Branch, every Thursday in the Memorial
Drive Presbyterian Church
from September 26 through October
24, at Republic Bank Post Oak every
Tuesday from October 22 through
November 19, and at Republic Bank
Braes Bayou every Wednesday from
October 23 through November 20.
The programs will be held from
12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
This year's speakers will include such
favorite Texans as Ray Miller, Dr.
John Coffman, Lynn Ashby, Dr.
Thomas Kreneck, and a special presentation
of "GONE TO TEXAS!"
by the Chocolate Bayou Theater
Company.
Speakers and their topics are as
follows:
Ray Miller, "Texas Revolution:
The Battles"
Lynn Ashby, "My Early Texas
Heroes: Known, Unknown,
and Justifiably Forgotten"
Dr. John Coffman, "The First
Texans"
Dr. Thomas Kreneck, "The Republic
of Texas: An Experiment
in Nationhood"
Chocolate Bayou Theater Co.,
"GONE TO TEXAS!"
For further information, please contact:
Marilyn W. Pharr, Public Affairs
Division, (713) 247-6441

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Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 02, Number 04, Fall 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45445/. Accessed August 22, 2014.