Rotating exhibits are showcased on the second floor in the Temporary Exhibit Galleries.
September 20 – December 31, 2014
America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66
This fall, Route 66 will make a detour to Temple’s Railroad & Heritage Museum. A special traveling exhibit experience titled America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66 will be on display at the museum from September 20th – December 31st. The exhibit brings the shared history of Route 66 into the museum gallery and showcases the people, places and events made famous along the route from 1926 until today. Visitors get a “then and now” look at landmarks along the highway, a chance to guess the musicians who “got their kicks” on Route 66, and a drive-in movie experience.
“We want our temporary exhibits to explore aspects of our heritage that we don’t get a chance to discuss in our permanent exhibits. The opening of a national highway system is a major part of our country’s transportation story in the 20th century, and this exhibit gives us a chance to expand the story that we tell at the museum,” said Museum Curator, Angela McCleaf.
Route 66 is emblematic of the American experience. The highway stretches 2,448 miles and crosses through eight states, tracing the migration of people from the Midwest to the Pacific coast. Thousands of people from around the country and around the world drive all or portions of the Route each year. Nearly a hundred years of highway culture can be found, whether a thriving relic or decaying ruin. Almost every aspect of 20th century US history is reflected in the stories from the people and events along the Mother Road.
In addition to the exhibit, an Opening Night Gala Event will be held on Friday, September 19, at 6:00 p.m. featuring an evening of nostalgia, food, entertainment and a look back on the rich history that was “The Main Street of America”. Gala event tickets are available for $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members.
We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors for this exhibit:
Gold Sponsor: McLane Group
Silver Sponsors: Weldon G. Cannon and Patricia Benoit, Thomas Hoback, Anonymous
Bronze Sponsor: Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society
June 10 – August 2, 2014
Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy
In the early 1970s,noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse’s back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.
Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat, and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle. This exhibition is available in wall-hanging and abridged freestanding versions. The exhibition was created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.Vaquero is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A related display “By Hoof and By Rail” will be shown with the Vaquero exhibit, detailing the ways that the railroads impacted the ranching industry and responded to the active livestock trade moving over their tracks.
April 5 – August 2, 2014
Hell on Wheels: Union Pacific Railroad Towns in Wyoming
“Hell on Wheels: Union Pacific Railroad Towns in Wyoming” opens Saturday April 5, 2014 and will be on display until August 2nd. During the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, end-of-track towns appeared and disappeared as the tracks moved west. Surveying and grading teams and later tracklaying teams, established temporary supply and construction camps along the rail route. Tent cities, consisting of canvas and wood structures, sprang up around the work camps to supply services for the workers. Saloons, dance halls, brothels, stores, and gambling houses were common. End-of-track towns were known for wild behavior, riots, and crime, earning the towns the name “Hell on Wheels.” The exhibit is on loan from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.
March 8 – May 31, 2014
Imagining the Southwest: Art of the Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Railway was one of the first and most active collectors of Western Art in the opening decades of the twentieth century. The Santa Fe acted as a patron of the artists who were flocking to the American West to capture unique landscapes and exotic peoples at the turn of the century. William Haskell Simpson, who was named Santa Fe’s advertising agent in 1900, set out to acquire these artworks in large numbers, using them to shape an identity for the railway and entice travelers to explore a unique and exotic landscape. The Santa Fe created an enduring vision of the Southwest which was deeply linked to its own corporate identity, permeating everything from the company’s logo to its timetables, station design, dining car menus, and advertising campaigns. The free Curator’s Reception will be Friday, March 14, 6-8pm.
October 8, 2013 – February 28, 2014
The Interurban Era
A new exhibit explores the interurban railways and streetcars that shuttled passengers between towns in the first half of the 20th century. From 1904 to 1925, trolleys carried passengers around Temple and to Belton for a few cents. These interurban lines offered cheap and convenient alternatives to riding in a carriage or using the railroad to cover a short distance.
The exhibit features photos from the LeRoy O. King, Jr. Collection. Mr. King, along with his father, photographed and documented electric railways across the country and acquired well over 100,000 images of virtually every interurban that existed in North America. Mr. King also published and edited numerous books on electric railroads. His photograph collection is now part of the archives at the Railroad and Heritage Museum.
July 5 – August 31, 2013
Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas
“Citizens at Last” focuses on the twenty-seven-year woman’s suffrage campaign in Texas. This traveling exhibition uses archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts to illustrate the struggle of women to gain the right to vote in Texas. The exhibit also gives the visitors a chance to “Be a Suffragist” and test their voting rights knowledge. “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas” was produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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