Commencing this month the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas, will open two new exhibits.
Texas State Parks and the Civilian Conservation
collaboration with (TPWD), the Bullock Texas State
History Museum will open on February 1, 2013, in the 3rd Floor
Rotunda Gallery. Photographs, maps,
postcards, newsletters, and original furniture will highlight the history of
the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the parks built between 1933 and 1942.
way of background, in the 1930s, the United States was in the throes of a
financial depression. Businesses were
not hiring and many young Americans lacked the skills or experience they needed
to get the few jobs that did exist. When
Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933, he created the CCC to provide jobs
and training to men between the ages of 17 and 25 and also out-of-work World
War I veterans.
Texas legislature had created the Texas State Parks Board in 1923, but declined
to fund the development of land into state parks. Within days of Roosevelt’s creation of the
CCC, Texas Governor Miriam Ferguson submitted a proposal to the federal
government requesting funding for 26 CCC projects – which led to 97 work camps
across the state.
most camps were devoted to soil-conservation and erosion-control projects,
about 27 camps were responsible for the development of state parks. They constructed roads and bridges, built
cabins, prepared hiking trails and campsites, and fabricated furniture.
TPWD manages 29 CCC-built parks that form the core of the state park system. Many of the original CCC buildings and
features are still in existence and continue to provide recreational
opportunities for Texans.
Enduring Women: A Photography and Oral History
, a new photography and oral history
exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, celebrates the importance of
place in the lives of these Texans and explores their stories in their own
The Bullock Museum has partnered with to
highlight undergraduate creative research in the
fields of oral history, art history, and photography for a unique companion
exhibit, Enduring Women. Held in conjunction with the special exhibition , on view now in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein
Hall, the photography and oral histories of are presented by students of St.
Edward’s University School of Humanities and School of Behavioral and Social
Sciences. Both exhibits will be on view
in the Herzstein Hall through May 19, 2013.
real Texas women who work the land. These women personify fortitude as they
tackle back-breaking work to protect and preserve their family heritage. Hear their stories in their own words and
witness the daily lives of these remarkable Texas women who have endured –
sometimes for generations – in their stewardship of the land.
on view from February 2 to May 19, 2013, in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall
of Special Exhibitions.
to the Museum is structured as follows: $9 for adults; $8 for college students (with
valid ID); $7 for seniors/military (with valid ID); $6 for youth ages 4-17,
free for ages 3 and under. In addition,
members of the Bullock Texas State History Museum are admitted free.
Museum, located at 1800 North Congress Avenue at the intersection of Martin
Luther King, Jr., Boulevard in downtown Austin, Texas, is open daily from 9:00
AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday; Sunday’s hours are from noon to 6:00
information about the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum may be found at: http://thestoryoftexas.com/.