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spring 2013

Conversations With Lady Bird Johnson

Michael Gillette to present insights on the First Lady’s life

Buffalo Altar; A Texas Symphony Stephen Harrigan, Barry Corbin and J. Todd Frazier come together to tell the story of Texas in song


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THE OFFICIAL MEMBER MAGAZINE OF THE BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM Published by The Bullock Texas State History Museum P.O. Box 12874, Austin, Texas 78711 Information: (512) 936-8746

The Star is published quarterly and distributed to Museum members, donors, and friends. Membership revenues directly support the Museum’s mission of engaging the broadest possible audience to interpret the continually unfolding Story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences. Museum Director

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In their Own Words

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The Story of Texas in song Buffalo Altar; A Texas Symphony follows the story of a Texas oilman - through a musical performance.

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Texas Furniture

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Featured Staff

Joan Marshall Publication Manager

Leah Thornton Gr aphic Design

Hunt Wellborn

Discover the impact Texas women have had on the state through government, conservation, and the arts.

Creative Director

Get a sneak peek at the next special exhibit coming to the Bullock Museum.

Meet one of the Museum’s staff who works to keep our exhibits dynamic.

Gilbert Medina Contributors

Joyce Aldridge, Kate Betz, Laura Hubbard, Derek Lemons, Leah Thornton, Tom Wancho The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board, the prestigious state agency that preserves and maintains the State Capitol and other Texas landmarks for the benefit of all Texans. The following members comprise the agency’s governing board: Chairman

12-13 Calendar of Events

It’s a busy spring at the Museum. Pull this page out and hang it on your fridge so you don’t miss a thing!

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Calling all Trekkies!

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Made in Texas Film Series

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Member Corner

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Volunteer Voice

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Making Texas History

Governor Rick Perry

The USS Enterprise is making its way to the IMAX® Theatre.

Get ready for another great season of films - made in Texas or by Texans.

Co-Vice Chairman

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst Co-Vice Chairman

Speaker of the House Joe Straus Senator Kevin Eltife Representative Charlie Geren Citizen Board Member

Cris Crouch Graham

Exclusively for Official Card-Carrying Texans, we’ve got tours, trips, and a tequila tasting!

Find out why volunteering at the Museum is so great.

Executive Director

John Sneed

Check out the pictures from the Foundation’s 2013 Texas Independence Day Dinner.

Cover photo: Lady Bird Johnson LBJ Library

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Director’s Note stories the Bullock has to tell about this magnificent state.

Spring is a time of renewal and growth. In addition to adding new programs that explore history and culture, this spring the Museum also welcomes new staff who add great depth of experience and bring innovative ideas to our outstanding team. Margaret Koch, our new Director of Exhibits, joins us from the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. She brings expertise in curatorial design and management and will focus on the development of creative exhibitions designed to position the museum as a unique and distinctive destination.

oversee the Museum’s theaters and visitor services departments to ensure a seamless experience for visitors.

Victoria Ramirez, Ed.D., formerly of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, has joined the museum as Deputy Director. Her responsibilities will include developing enhanced statewide partnerships for K-12 students, integrating technology throughout the museum, and managing community outreach initiatives. She will also

The stories that Victoria, Margaret and their teams create will be publicized by our new Director of Marketing Communications, Laura Hubbard. Laura was most recently at Houston's Rice University where she served as the director of marketing for the Jones Graduate School of Business. Laura will help define and convey the compelling

A few of these stories will be discussed in lectures. Dr. Michael Gillette will share his insights into the life and legacy of Lady Bird Johnson. Poets from across the state will present their art and comment on what the future holds for the poetic form. Music and art will merge in presentations showcasing live performers. Barry Corbin, notable Texas actor who starred in Northern Exposure, Lonesome Dove, and No Country for Old Men will be featured in a new musical piece called Buffalo Altar; A Texas Symphony. I hope that you will visit us this spring and experience the living stories of our present-day artists and the influence our heritage has had on their work.

Joan Marshall

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Now Open through May 19 Step back into the Texas that your mothers and grandmothers knew and discover how their contributions helped forge the Texas of today.

In Their Own Words Lecture Series This multi-part lecture series features Texas women describing their impact on the state in their own words. Exploring the fields of education, preservation, business, and the arts, each program will feature strong women who have shaped the state of Texas. Please call (512) 936-4649 to RSVP.

An Evening of Poetry

Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of poetry readings and discussion about the arts in Texas. Featured poets Sarah Cortez, Carrie Fountain, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Jan Epton Seale, and Ebony Stewart will each present their own work and discuss the influence of Texas on their art and what the future holds for poetry and other art forms in Texas.A reception will follow.

Lady Bird Johnson in a field of wildflowers, May 10, 1990. Photo by Frank Wolfe; Courtesy LBJ Presidential Library, Austin

UT head coach Jody Conradt and senior Annette Smith after winning NCAA Championship, ca. 1986 Courtesy Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Texas at Austin

Conversations with Lady Bird Johnson

From Pom-Pom Girls to Center Court

Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 7p.m.

Discover the warmth, independence and wit of one of Texas’s finest daughters. Michael Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library’s Oral History Program and author of Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, presents insights into the life of Lady Bird Johnson and her lasting legacy on the state of Texas. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Title IX changed the way that women in Texas and across the country thought about equal access to education and sports. Diane Henson, former justice of the Texas Court of Appeals, will share her experience as a lead lawyer working on behalf of Texas women who sought to assert their right to equal opportunities as their male counterparts.

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special exhibit The Flounder Are Running By Sarah Cortez If it was only once, then that night has grown inside me to a thousand nights, when fishermen in hip waders gathered near St. Luis Pass, pulling small wooden boats with kerosene lanterns, to gig flounder. Me, blanketed on mom’s shoulder. Dad, in long khaki sleeves and ball cap. The sharp tines of each suspended gig, a long steel fork. Each flounder’s faint contour appearing, then vanishing in murky water and Sarah Cortez is one of the poets featured as part of the In Their Own Words lecture series. She is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, the author of an acclaimed poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop, and winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry. Her words have appeared in The Sun, Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century, The Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, The Texas Review, New Texas, Louisiana Literature, Blue Rock Review, Pennsylvania English, The Midwest Quarterly and many other publications. She has written a memoir entitled Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston and a collection of poetry from the urban street cop’s perspective, Cold Blue Steel, which will be published later in 2013.

rippled sand. Dad’s excitement illuminated each night a thousand times in each yellow-flamed mantle glowing over brownish Gulf, in each flounder’s outline in sand when he saw that which I couldn’t and still can’t though I’ve searched a thousand gilded nights. Reprinted with permission of Sarah Cortez.

film event The Wind: Silent Film with Live Music Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. FREE for members/$10 for non-Members The Dust Bowl comes to life on the big screen at this special screening of the 1928 silent film The Wind, based on the novel of the same name by Dorothy Scarborough. The book, originally published anonymously, created an uproar in West Texas where community leaders resented the bleak depiction of their region and insisted the author

must never have visited the area. Decide for yourself if the movie is a truthful portrait of West Texas life. The film will be accompanied by an original score written and performed live by The Invincible Czars. Advance tickets are required. Please call (512) 936-4649 for reservations.

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special programs

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

The Birds of Texas Learn more about Texas’s native bird population through a series of lectures held in partnership with the Travis Audubon Society. All lectures are FREE and take place in the Texas Spirit Theater.

Birdwatching in Texas

The Joys of Backyard Birding

Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 29, 2 p.m.

Discover Texas bird “hot spots”with Victor Emanuel, founder of Nature Tours, the largest worldwide birding tour company. Discuss migration along the Central Flyway and learn about the importance of Texas as a winter haven for thousands of birds including the Whooping Crane.

Discover the fun of armchair birding with Jane Tillman, former chair of the Travis Audubon Urban Habitat Committee, and get acquainted with common backyard birds that may be found in central Texas year round as well as the seasonal visitors.

Birds of Central Texas

Travis Audubon is the oldest conservation organization in central Texas. Its mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of native birds and their habitats in central Texas.

Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m. Jeff Mundy, President of Houston Audubon, introduces a range of fascinating central Texas birds, from the Painted Bunting to the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Jeff describes special places in Central Texas to find common birds, migrating birds and rare birds including the endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler.

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special programs Buffalo Altar; A Texas Symphony Performance and Reception Sunday, June 2, 7 - 9 p.m. Tickets: $45 for Members, $50 for non-members “Buffalo Altar; A Texas Symphony” was commissioned by The Institute of American Music of The Eastman School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin and is the result of a collaboration between composer J. Todd Frazier and writer Stephen Harrigan. “The Eastman School was interested in a musical piece about Texas,” Harrigan says. “We both responded immediately to the idea, but soon realized what a huge subject we had been handed, and what a challenge it would be to distill that subject down to a manageable theme.” Frazier and Harrigan both knew what they didn’t want – a stodgy musical documentary. They wanted something that felt alive and contemporary but also visibly connected to Texas’s rich and

complex history. In the end, they decided to tell the story through the voice of an 81-year old Texas oilman reminiscing about a long-ago morning in a West Texas canyon that changed his life. The short story, “Buffalo Altar”, by Stephen Harrigan, is based on an archaeological discovery of bison bones at Caprock Canyons State Park, near Canyon, Texas, which revealed evidence of the Folsom culture, dating signs of civilized life in Texas to over 10,000 years ago.

The performance will feature Barry Corbin, of Urban Cowboy and Northern Exposure fame as narrator, Marc Sanders on piano, and Charles Robitaille playing percussion. Following the performance, Don Carleton, Director of the Briscoe Center for American History, will moderate a discussion on the creation and future of the piece with Barry Corbin, Stephen Harrigan, and Todd Frazier. To purchase tickets, please call (512) 936-4649.

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happenings

At the Butterfly Family Day, more than 2,500 visitors and families learned about the life cycles of the monarch butterfly and the journey they take every year crossing the continent. They also discovered how to create a butterfly-friendly garden. Plus Catalina Trail, who was featured in the film and the previous issue of The Star, made an appearance, speaking with visitors about her experiences discovering the hibernation locale in central Mexico for millions of monarch butterflies.

More than 2,200 kids of all ages learned more about weather and the science behind it at WeatherFest. Meteorologist, Burton Fitzsimmons, YNN, Girlstart, the National Weather Service, among others were on hand to teach visitors about storm chasing, the causes behind tornadoes and major storms, weather prediction, and more.

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Texas Furniture from Ima Hogg’s Winedale Collection

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Opening July 13 in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall of Special Exhibitions Enter a bygone era through the stories that every handmade table, chair, and bed have to share in the new exhibition, Texas Furniture From Ima Hogg’s Winedale Collection. Before the rise of imported factory-made furniture in the 1870s, most Texans bought home furnishings from their local cabinetmaker. Texas furniture in the 19th century reflects the history and culture of those times, the isolation of the state, and the changes wrought by the coming of the railroads. The only daughter of Texas governor James Stephen Hogg, Ima Hogg was a pioneer collector of American furniture and a longtime supporter of historic preservation. She bought and restored the 19th century farmstead at Winedale, near Round Top, Texas to house her vast collections. The collection, recognized as the most significant collection of Texas furniture in the United States, speaks of Texas’s immigrant European and native-born cabinetmakers. Their craftsmanship and woodworking techniques show competing ideas about style, comfort, gentility and what it meant to be a Texan in the 19th century.

Now Available in the Museum Store Documenting the rich heritage of locally made furniture, Lonn Taylor and David Warren take readers on a journey through Texas furniture. Look for many of the pieces included in the books in the upcoming special exhibit. Get a sneak peek at this special exhibit on a TEXcursion to Winedale. Learn more on page 17!

This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and was guestcurated by Lonn Taylor, an authority on the architecture, furniture, and decorative arts of the American Southwest and the former director of Winedale.

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featured staff

Photo by Hunt Wellborn

Creative Risks Mean Interesting Careers — and Exhibits Like a lot of children, when John Peel, exhibit production coordinator at the Bullock Museum was young he wanted to grow up and build things. At the age of six, John would tape pencils to the ceiling and down the walls to act as pulleys so he could run a string from his bed to the light switch, allowing him to turn the light on and off without leaving his top bunk.

design, wood working, A/V integration, metal work, cabinetry, installing and building artifact mounts are all part of a day’s work as John leads the team of staff members that build and install the temporary exhibits and create the constantly changing artifact cases and mounts in the permanent exhibit spaces.

John smiled broadly when he commented that “working at the Children’s Museum was a great lesson in how much abuse things take in a museum environment and how, despite our best intentions, a group of 10 year olds will discover and exploit design flaws that hours of adult testing missed entirely.” He witnessed steel parts wear down from constant use and push buttons break that were rated for millions of presses.

console located on the museum’s third floor. The piece was originally used for testing and simulation at Johnson Space Center, but has been modified for use in the museum to present a quiz on space related history. John was lying on his back, working under the console when two young boys and their dad approached him. They asked many questions about space travel and why the console wasn’t working, but mostly they wanted get a look at his tool kit. “So I asked them to hand me tools as

John says that the people he “I get to work w ith so ma ny works with at the Bullock After earning a BFA from incredible people and artifacts. Arizona State University, make his job fun and A nd we are const a ntly cha ng ing John started his own a r t i f a c t s s o t h e r e i s a l w a y s a n o t h e r interesting. “I get to work with so many incredible furniture business and c h a l l e n g e t o b e f a c e d . D u l l m o m e n t s people and artifacts. And designed and built a t t h e B u l l o c k a r e e x t r e m e l y r a r e .” everything from conference we are constantly changing tables and entertainment artifacts so there is always another challenge to be faced. Dull moments at the centers, to wine cellars and kitchen cabinetry. When he learned that the Austin’s Children’s Museum needed help Bullock are extremely rare.” designing and fabricating exhibits, he eagerly took the job. Recently John was working on the Mission Control

John has put to good use the engineering curiosity and problem solving ingenuity he developed as a kid. Graphic

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featured artifact

Anita Lerma and Marcelino Berrientes Courtesy Joe B. Montez, Beeville

Mano and metate, ca. 1910 Courtesy Joe B. Montez, Beeville Photo by Hunt Wellborn

More than a rock and a hard place In the mid-2000s, Joe B. Montez of Beeville was touring the museum when he spotted a mano and metate on loan from the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL) in the third floor Jacal display. “It brought back memories of when my grandmother [Anita Lerma] gave her mano and metate to me in the early 1970s,” Montez recalled. “It was a touching moment — she was giving me a piece of history.” The mano (hand stone) and metate (grinding slab) have been used to grind corn in Mesoamerica and North America for thousands of years. More commonly known as a mortar and pestle, the tools were part of the Indigenious culture in Texas and thus became part of

Hispanic culture. Montez’s grandparents Anita Lerma and Marcelino Berrientes were married in 1901 and eventually established a household in the small township of Berclair, Texas. Marcelino worked as a vaquero (cowboy) on nearby ranches and for a while worked on the King Ranch as a wrangler and saddle bronco rider. He bought the mano and metate from a traveling salesman for a few dollars. They were important items in their kitchen, and helped provide food to meet their growing family’s needs. Although commercially ground corn was available to Anita, its high cost and other cultural factors resulted in her continued use of the mano and metate until the early 1940s.

The metate also was a decoy in a family story passed down through the generations. During Prohibition, Anita’s sister, Tia Fermana, had a still that she used to make beer. Tia Fermana hid the coils from her still in a hole underneath the Barrientes’s kitchen floor. The metate covered up the hole, effectively hiding the family’s secret. Montez eventually contacted the museum about his family’s desire to loan both objects. When the loan for the mano and metate from TARL ended in February 2013, they were replaced with Montez’s family mano and metate Today, the Berrientes household utensil has a new home on the third floor of the Bullock Museum.

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Gail Folkins, author of Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit, will lead visitors on a trip across Texas’s musical scene, highlighting women musicians and dance hall owners.

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Lynne Dobson, daughter of Whataburger founder Harmon Dobson, will tell the story of how the extended Whataburger family rallied around her mother Grace as she took over the family business following Harmon’s tragic death. TEXcursion: Winedale $55 for Members/$65 for Non-Members

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Theater Tour - Members Only!

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Get an exclusive behind-thescenes look at the Museum’s state-of-the-art theaters.

In Their Own Words Lecture: An Evening of Poetry

2 p.m. FREE

Patrick Cox and Ken Hendrickson, editors of the new volume Writing the Story of Texas, will examine thirteen of Texas’s most famous historians—from J. Frank Dobie to Américo Paredes—who preserved Texas’s past, and who were often as colorful as the historical figures they studied. A book signing will follow.

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This month’s theme is Neighbors and Neighborhoods. AFM Concert Series

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Made in Texas Film Screening of Wrong Numbers 7 p.m., FREE for Members, $5 for Non-Members

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The Wind: Silent Film with Live Music

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Star Trek: Into Darkness opens in the IMAX® Theatre

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This month’s selection is The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.

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Women Shaping Texas in the 20th Century Closes in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall of Special Exhibitions AFM Concert Series 6 - 9 p.m., FREE

Unflinching Courage: Lecture with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison 5:30 p.m. FREE with exhibit admission

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World Refugee Day

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., FREE activities

Celebrate United Nations World Refugee Day. The day begins with a naturalization ceremony for new American citizensto-be and continues with live music, children’s games, food, face painting, a fashion show, and more.

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High Noon Talk: The Searchers: The Making of An American Legend

Glenn Frankel of UT’s School of Journalism will discuss his new book The Searchers: The Making of An American Legend which attempts to separate fact from fiction in Hollywood’s telling of the story of Cynthia Ann Parker.

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Made in Texas Film Screening of Resurrection: The JR Richard Story 7 p.m., FREE for Members, $5 for Non-Members

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The Monarchs make an epic cross country journey every year. With the right luggage, you might want to join them! During your next visit to the Museum, fill out a brief survey and you could win this 3-piece set of monarch luggage. While you’re here be sure to see Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, now showing in the IMAX® Theatre. Drawing will be held on May 31, 2013. Surveys are available at the Museum Ticketing or Information Desk. Only one registration per person. No purchase necessary.

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Made in Texas Film Series

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The Bullock Museum and The Austin Film Festival are partnering again to present the 5th Annual “Made in Texas Film Series”, five movies made by Texans or in Texas, or both. This year’s series highlights some of the best Texas films screened previously at Austin Film Festival.

May 8 – Wrong Numbers (2001) The “wrong numbers” referred to in this 2001 Austin Film Festival Audience winner are the numbers listed on James and Russell’s IDs, which reveal that these two are indeed a couple of 19-year-olds, too young to buy beer yet too old to not, at least, try. Following in the footsteps of such locally made films as Slacker and Rock Opera, Wrong Numbers becomes an all-night journey through the streets of Austin.

June 12 – Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story (2005) This story of famed Houston Astros Pitcher J.R. Richard follows him from his high school days in Louisiana and his first round draft pick in 1969, to the massive stroke he suffered in 1980 and the abandonment by the only team he ever played for, to his life as a homeless man in Houston, and ultimately to his resurrection by friends and fans back into the game of baseball.

Made in Texas Family Film Series Back by popular demand, the Museum and The Austin Film Festival present the 4th Annual “Made in Texas Family Film Series,” three movies made by Texans or in Texas, or both.

June 1 - The Rookie (2002) Based on a true story, Jim Morris was a Texas high school baseball coach who makes a deal with his unmotivated team — he will try out for the major leagues, if they make the playoffs.

July 10 – Holy Hell (2009) In a last ditch attempt to save a small financially strapped church, the parishioners decide to make a horror movie to raise the necessary funds. Despite a lack of knowledge, the film is progressing nicely until an insidious right-wing religious group decides to make an example of them before they can finish.

July 6 – Holes (2003) A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he is forced to join the other inmates in the mysterious task of digging holes.

August 14 – Texas Shorts Featuring a collection of some of the best short films screened at Austin Film Festival.

August 3 – Secondhand Lions (2003)

All screenings are presented in the Texas Spirit Theater at 7:30 p.m. and are FREE for Austin Film Festival and Museum Members, $5 for the general public.

Follow the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles in Texas, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy’s spirit and re-ignite the men’s lives.

Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission

Each screening is FREE and will be presented on the Museum’s First Saturdays in the Texas Spirit Theater at 3 p.m.

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TEXcursion: Texas Steam Train Saturday, May 18 $60 for Members/$75 for Non-Members All aboard! See the Texas Hill Country like never before (or at least like you haven’t in a while) — from a train car! Board the Austin Steam Train in Cedar Park, then travel through the Hill Country in style while learning about the history of train travel. The group will disembark in Burnet for lunch and some free time before returning home. The trip fee includes a light breakfast, train fare, lunch, snacks, and a pass to see Rocky Mountain Express in the IMAX® Theatre. Space is very limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Please call (512) 936-4649 for reservations. ©Tom Williamson, courtesy Austin Steam Train

¡Viva Tequila!

Give them the gift of history!

Tuesday May 31, 7 - 9 p.m. $35 for Members/$45 for Non-Members

Forget the necktie or the flowers this year, and make the past your present for the special women and men in your life. Museum memberships make great gifts. And current members may receive $10 off a NEW Homestead or Hacienda membership purchased between April 15 and June 7. Offer available only through the membership office. Call (512) 936-4602 to charge by phone.

Celebrate all things agave with Lucinda Hutson, author of the new book, ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures. Lucinda will share the history of Mexico’s most famous libation, along with recipes that go beyond the ubiquitous lime and salt shooter. A fiesta with tastings and Tex-Mex hors d’oeuvres will follow. Advanced reservations are required and may be made by calling (512) 936-4649. The ticket price includes specialty cocktails, hor d’ouvres, plus the chance to win a free copy of the book.

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Texas Tributes In Honor of Louise Griffeth Bonnie and Ed Harding In Honor of the Marriage of Gene and Nancy Swensen Margaret and Jack Gressett

Tribute gifts to the Museum are a great way to honor the significant people in your life or celebrate a special event. They enable you to support the Museum’s mission while honoring those Texans who have inspired you. When you make a Texas Tribute, an acknowledgement is sent to the honoree or designated family. Tribute amounts always remain confidential. To make a tax-deductible Texas Tribute of any amount, please call the membership office at (512) 936-4602.


Spring has Sprung! Celebrate the season and the beautiful weather at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with a special discount. For the entire month of April, current Bullock Museum members may receive one free admission into the Wildflower Center with the purchase of another. Simply present your current membership card during your visit and your guest will get in free.

Photo courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

TEXcursion: Winedale Saturday, May 4 $55 for Members/$65 for Non-Members Before the exhibition opens at the Museum, get a look at Ima Hogg’s rare collection of 19th century handcrafted furniture in the historic homes she restored at Winedale. Then marvel at the amazing detail and artistry of one of Texas’s longstanding folk arts at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. Before heading home you’ll have the chance to pick up some of the world famous kolaches at Weikel’s. The trip fee includes a light breakfast, lunch at JW Steakhouse, chartered transportation, and admission to each location. Space is very limited and reservations will be accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. Please call (512) 936-4649 for reservations.

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Official Card-Carrying Texans Members of the Society levels recognize the power of Texas history to inspire present and future generations of Texans. In addition to receiving extra benefits — including special recognition and invitations to exclusive events and programs — these Members help the Museum share the continually unfolding Story of Texas by supporting free admission for Texas school children, educational programming, and the development of special exhibits.

Story of Texas Society

Texas Spirit Society

Mr. Gary A. Garner and Mrs. Barbara Garner Mr. Ray Langenberg and Ms. Christy Langenberg Dr. Rosemary Morrow Mr. Joseph Orr Ms. Debra A. Urias and Mr. Richard L. McCully Mr. John R. Weisman and Mrs. Anne Weisman Mr. W. Andrew York

Mr. Paul Baria Dr. William R. Childs and Mrs. M. Suzanne Childs Dr. Beverly Dale and Dr. Karen Gutekunst Mr. Michael Fairbanks and Ms. Belinda Fairbanks Dr. Marilyn T. Gaddis and Mr. George C. Carruthers Mr. David Griffith Mr. Steve Laukhuf Mr. Stuart M. Rohre and Ms. Gayle Griffin Mrs. Patsy Spaw and Mr. Steve Spaw

Bronze Star Society Mr. Gene Becker and Mrs. Wilma Becker Mr. Kyle Bennett and Mrs. Katherine Bennett Ms. Linda A. Fernandez and Mr. Michael R. Fernandez Mr. William Gibson and Mrs. Patricia Gibson Mr. Chris R. Glenn and Mrs. Barbara W. Glenn Mr. Rowland Greenwade and Mrs. Karen M. Greenwade Mr. Darve Horak and Ms. Karen Horak Mr. Rick Johnston and Mrs. Cindy Johnston Mr. Tim McClure and Mrs. Samantha McClure Mrs. Sylvia F. McPherson and Mr. Alan McPherson

Mr. Douglas E. Oldmixon and Ms. Jo-Dee M. Benson Ms. Anne Riddle and Mr. Lance Fitzgerald Mr. Dom Ruggeri and Mrs. Julia Ruggeri Mr. John Soule and Ms. Patty Soule Mr. Michael D. Ver Schuur and Mrs. Teresa M. Ver Schuur Mr. Kirby C. Watson and Mrs. Patricia A. Watson Mrs. Theresa L. Wenske and Mr. Phillip A. Wenske Mr. Michael E. Williams and Mrs. Velia S. Williams Mr. Cliff Woerner and Mrs. Gail Woerner Mr. T. B. Wright and Mrs. Pat Wright

austin Society Ms. Jennie Anderson and Mrs. Milly Anderson Ms. Christine C. Anderson and Mr. Bruce W. Anderson Mrs. Ellen Balthazar and Mr. Jim Balthazar Mr. Bill Barton Mr. Lyle C. Boardman and Mrs. Gerre L. Boardman Mr. David Bodenman and Ms. Sue Edwards Mr. John W. Crain Mrs. Dorothy De La Garza and Mr. John De La Garza Mr. John Doyle and Mrs. Lucia Doyle Mrs. Janie R. Duarte and Mr. John C. Duarte Mr. Bradley A. Fowler and Mrs. Sally P. Fowler Mr. Alan Geistman and Mrs. Jan Lehman Geistman Ms. Shirley Kirk and Mr. Michael Merki Mrs. Monique Kollar and Mr. James Kollar

Mr. Ted Lusher and Ms. Sharon Lusher Mr. David Maril and Mrs. Joan Maril Mr. Erich L. Pahl Mr. David Parr and Mrs. Courtney Parr Mr. Neil Pascoe and Mrs. Susan Pascoe Mr. Eugene G. Preston and Mrs. Cheryl F. Preston Mr. Brian D. Ragland and Mrs. Kimberley Ragland Mr. Kent M. Rider and Mrs. Kathy T. Rider Mrs. Karen Robinson and Mr. Steve Robinson Mr. Lowell E. Schorr and Mrs. Georgia M. Schorr Ms. Catherine Terrell and Mr. Terrence O’Connor Mr. Greg Trachta and Dr. Rita Schindeler-Trachta Mr. Mark Weiss and Ms. Janet Bray The Honorable Pam Pitzer Willeford

For more information on how you can support the Museum as a Society member, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-4602. Gifts received between November 1 and January 31, 2013. Every effort has been made to accurately recognize all members and donors. If your name was listed incorrectly or inadvertently omitted, please contact the Membership Office for corrections.

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Austin Federation of Musicians Music Series Sundays in May, 6 - 8:30 p.m. The Museum is once again bringing live music to the Lone Star Plaza. In collaboration with the Austin Federation of Musicians, this free Spring concert series will feature some of Austin’s finest musical acts. Visit TheStoryofTexas.com for a full line-up.

Exhibits continued from page 10 I needed them and then they tested the piece to make sure it worked correctly after I finished. I’m not sure who had more fun — the kids or me!” John has been with the Museum for eight years and says he is looking forward to the future. “My parents gave me opportunities to travel and expand my understanding of the world. They taught me that it is OK to take risks and not to wait for things to happen. My job here gives me the chance to use both my creative and practical sides so that I can take educated but creative risks in designing compelling exhibits.”

Austin's Cultural Campus The Bullock Museum is a proud member of Austin’s Cultural Campus, a partnership of area museums which provide access to art, history, science and humanities — all within walking distance. Our partners include The Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Visit AustinsCulturalCampus.org to learn more about upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events.

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Rewarding Educators As the Spring field trip season gets underway, teachers bringing students to the Museum will discover that purchases in the Museum Store may provide even greater benefit to their class. In keeping with our mission, the Museum is committed to education and supporting Texas teachers. With that in mind, the Museum Store is launching a new Educator Rewards program to show the Museum’s gratitude to

Texas teachers. Any Texas teacher can now earn a free book about the Alamo, a map of the Republic of Texas, or even bulletin board decorations for their classroom. The program is simple. When a student, teacher, or chaperone makes a purchase at the Museum Store, 10% of each transaction’s subtotal is stored as rewards points for the teacher. The teacher may use those points to purchase supplies, educational materials, and

decorative items for the classroom such as replica historical documents, pencils, timelines, DVDs, flags, books, and more. The sign-up process is quick and easy, and takes less than a minute. Earned points are valid for two years so there is no rush for busy teachers to spend them right away. For more information about the Educator Reward Program, please contact the store at (512) 936-4036.

Family Exploration Backpacks Program Launches Family Exploration Backpacks help adults and children discover the Story of Texas in a whole new way… together! Starting mid-March, the Museum will offer Family Exploration Backpacks designed to help adults with children ages 3-8 years explore all three floors

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of exhibits. Available to borrow free with Museum admission, backpacks guide families in looking, imagining, questioning, and acting things out. Next time you're at the Museum, check out a backpack at Ticketing and experience Texas as a family.


volunteer voice

I like volunteering. I like to help in what I believe in. Maybe my little contribution, insight or story told to a child, a student or an adult visitor can be the drop that makes a difference in a museum visitor’s experience. Volunteers don’t just do the work. They make it happen. - Joel Mosier, Volunteer Docent since January 2012

You have interesting experiences when you’re a docent volunteer at the Bullock. Yes, camels are a part of Texas History! - Maria Garza-Lubeck, Volunteer Docent since October 2009

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he Museum is fortunate to have a corps of more than 125 active volunteers. Recently, we asked them why they volunteer…

Our history, in particular Texas history, thrills and inspires us. - Christine Berkland, Volunteer Docent since November 2004

History is important because we learn about ourselves. When we understand ourselves and how we came to be who and what we are, we can appreciate other cultures and civilizations and learn how we are all connected in some way. - Betsy Hepburn, Volunteer since September 2012

I volunteer because I have a passion for history. I enjoy sharing history with others and making the stories of the past come alive for them. - Diane Rogers, Volunteer Docent since October 2012

I especially look forward to visiting with travelers who come in from all over the world. Just this morning I talked with visitors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, New York, California and Iowa.

Interacting with visitors from around the USA and the world has provided an opportunity to see Texas through others’ eyes and cultural backgrounds. - Homer Williams, Volunteer Docent since March 2003

As a lifelong northerner, my impression of Texas was rooted in serial dramas about crafty oil tycoons and tall tales of cycloneriding cowboys. On coming here to live, I didn’t find anything nearly that pretentious. Instead, I met neighbors and friends with a pride that is moved forward one generation at a time. - Bruce Clavey, Volunteer Docent since October 2012

People join us as strangers and leave as friends. ­- Linda Glover, Volunteer Docent since September 2004

Interested in joining the ranks of the Museum’s illustrious volunteers? Call the volunteer office at (512) 936-4614 or visit TheStoryofTexas.com.

- Rita Mason, Volunteer since May 2002

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coming soon Unflinching Courage: Lecture with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 p.m. FREE with exhibit admission In her latest book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduces brave and resourceful women who have influenced Texas history — from mothers and daughters who claimed a stake in the land when it was controlled by Spain, to the wives and sisters who contributed to the Civil War effort, to ranchers and entrepreneurs who have helped Texas thrive. Senator Hutchison will present these women and their stories and discuss what their contributions mean to women of today. A book signing and reception will follow. Reservations are required. Please call (512) 936-4649.

foundation news

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History-Making Texan Honorees Gene Kranz and George Mitchell

Honorary Co-Chair, Jan Bullock, honored Mr. George P. Mitchell with the Foundation’s History-Making Texan Award All photos courtesy of Bob Daemmrich Photography


Texas State History Museum Foundation 2013 Board Of Trustees Clay Johnson III, Austin, President Brian McLaughlin, Midland, President-Elect James R. Huffines, Dallas, Vice President Jeff Bonham, Austin, Secretary Bruce Blakemore, San Antonio, Treasurer Louise Griffeth, Dallas, 2013 Dinner Co-Chair Deborah Raynor, Dallas, 2013 Dinner Co-Chair G. Hughes Abell, Austin Victor Alcorta III, Austin Jane Barnhill, Brenham Mark Benson, Houston Charla Borchers Leon, Victoria Michelle K. Brock, Midland Jan Bullock, Austin The Honorable Susan Combs, Austin Patricia Hamilton Dewhurst, Houston Dick Evans, San Antonio John W. Fainter, Jr., Austin Bill Jones, Austin Richard King IV, Austin Truett Latimer, Houston Richard J. Loewenstern, Houston Therese Migala Moncrief, Fort Worth John L. Nau III, Houston The Honorable Jim Oberwetter, Dallas Julie Jones Oles, Austin Kay Woodward Olson, Waco Jeanne L. Phillips, Dallas Karl Rove, Washington, D.C. John Steen, Jr., San Antonio

Advisory Trustees George P. Bush, Fort Worth John W. Crain, Dallas Dealey Decherd Herndon, Austin The Honorable Pamela Willeford, Austin

Texas Independence Day Dinner Held on February 27, hundreds of Museum friends and supporters attended this annual event to honor Gene F. Krantz and George P. Mitchell with the History-Making Texan Award.

Thank you to the following sponsors.

VIP RECEPTION UNDERWRITER Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Blakemore

LONE STAR SUPPORTER Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors Hunt Consolidated, Inc./Hunt Oil Company U.S. Trust

SAM HOUSTON SPONSOR Buena Vista Foundation CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Ambassador & Mrs. Lyndon Olson, Jr.

FRIENDS OF 1836 AT&T Texas BNSF Railway George P. and Amanda Bush President George W. and Laura Bush John and Maurine Cox Foundation Devon Energy Corporation Exxon Mobil Frost Louise and Guy Griffeth H-E-B Hester Capital Management, L.L.C. IBC Bank Anne and Clay Johnson Richard King Eugene and Marta Kranz Cynthia and Brian McLaughlin/ Michelle Brock

Mr. and Mrs. Tom O. Moncrief Alice and Erle Nye Julie and Pat Oles/Karl and Karen Rove Diane Graves Owen Foundation PlainsCapital Bank Debbie and Alan Raynor/Association of Electric Companies of Texas Harold Simmons Foundation Lindsay and Ford Smith Spoetzl Brewery Strake Foundation Judy and Charles Tate Texas A&M University Texas A&M University Systems/ John Sharp, Chancellor Jimmy Westcott

MUSEUM SUPPORTERS Ex-Officio Margaret Ruff Temple, Executive Director, Texas State History Museum Foundation Joan Marshall, Director, Bullock Texas State History Museum John Sneed, Executive Director, State Preservation Board Established in 1999, the Texas State History Museum Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds and promotes awareness to support The Bullock Texas State History Museum. Please contact Executive Director Margaret Temple at (512) 320-8204 to learn more about the work of the Foundation.

Robyn and Victor Alcorta III Gift in honor of Joan and Bruce Blakemore Jan Bullock and Robert Green Cammack & Strong P.C. Susan Combs and Joe Duran St. David’s HealthCare Dealey and David Herndon Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation D.R. “Dee” and Adair Margo John P. McGovern Foundation Joan and Doug McLeod Temple Family Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas, Inc. The University of Texas at Austin

IN-KIND SPONSOR Freeman

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Play Ball! Member Night at the Dell Diamond Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. $50 for Members/$60 for Non-Members Celebrate America’s favorite pastime with an evening at Dell Diamond cheering on the Round Rock Express as they take on the New Orleans Zephyrs. Tom Wancho, the Museum’s resident baseball expert will be able to answer questions about the sport’s history and teach you how to properly keep score.

The ticket will include access to the Party Deck (located on the luxury suite and club level), a full buffet, a parking pass (one per party), access to the exclusive Intel Club, and a spectacular fireworks show after the game. Space is very limited, so call (512) 936-4649 to reserve your spot today.


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