Rotating exhibits are showcased on the second floor in the Temporary Exhibit Galleries.
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.
Tracks Through Black History: Experience the struggles of African Americans as they make their way through history aboard the railroad. Journey with them as they pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement and finally see equality and freedom at the end of the line. 2013
Annual Polar Express Christmas Village display and Christmas Toy exhibit.
A photographic history of the Temple Santa Fe Depots to celebrate the Centennial year of the current Depot.
The Scott and White Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Reunion Celebration photo exhibit
Vacation Wonderland exhibit
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