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Crockett. Finally, the afternoon of June 22 featured live performances of
"Colonel Crockett's Music," some of the tunes coming from the 1837 edition of
Davy Crockett's Free and Easy Songbook, the original of which is in the exhibit.
Through the period artifacts, documents, toys, sound clips, movies, live per-
formance of period music, character actors, and movies, Paul Hutton offers a
serious, in-depth examination of David Crockett as one, if not the best, example
of "the way in which the West of the popular imagination both created and was
created by its heroes. Crockett's legend illustrates the process of commercial
hero-making. More than a discovery of the real versus imputed hero, this exhibi-
tion sets out to show 'the complete Crockett'." Hutton more than succeeds in his
goal, which is evident by the attentiveness with which visitors truly study all parts
of the exhibit, not just the guns, knives, movie advertising, and toys.
Put together on a tight schedule occasioned by problems beyond the control
of and not associated with the Texas State History Museum that changed the
exhibit from a traveling to a one-time, in situ presentation, preparation of the
exhibit made impossible the timely completion of the book-length catalog
intended to accompany the exhibit. The book being published as a companion
to the exhibit will be issued separately later this year by the University of
What better way could there be to conclude this exhibit of David Crockett
the man and his legend than with a Texas-sized birthday party on August 17,
the 2o6th anniversary of Crockett's birth. Making its own contribution to the
Crockett legend, the museum will serve visitors a birthday cake in the shape of
As history for all ages and as an exhibit a repeat of which likely will not be
seen for at least another generation, Sunrise zn Hzs Pocket is not to be missed. And
with this as an example of the work of the Texas State History Museum, the pop-
ular pursuit of historical understanding in Texas is in good hands.
University of Texas at Austin
DAVID B. GRACY II
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