Big Bend Legacy

Big Bend Legacy

The exhibit Big Bend Legacy greets visitors as they enter the Museum of the Big Bend. Legacy introduces visitors to the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region.

Native Americans inhabited the area for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. The Spanish, through their system of missions and presidios, imprinted their customs on the region only to be replaced by the nation of Mexico. The westward expansion of the United States brought yet another unique culture to the Big Bend.

Big Bend Legacy invites the visitor to experience this panorama of natural and human history.

Enjoy the video montage below which walks you through the museum’s world-class permanent exhibits!

Russell Lee Photographs Exhibit

Russell Lee Photographs

Exhibit Dates: February 10-March 29, 2015

“The legacy of Russell Lee’s documentary photography is profound,” said Dr. Don Carleton, director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. “From his work with the photographic unit of the Federal Farm Security Administration during the Depression, his controversial study of Spanish-speaking people in Texas, and his political work as a photographer for the Texas Observer, Russell evidenced a singular compassion for the human condition.” This traveling exhibition of 37 black and white photographs by renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee draws from the magnificent archive that he donated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History just prior to his death in 1986. Russell Lee Photographs offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera and goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that Lee produced from 1947 through 1977. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kurt Lange and the Art of Bootmaking

Kurt Lange and the Art of Bootmaking

Exhibit Dates: February 10-March 29, 2015

In 1939 Russell Lee traveled to Alpine, Texas, where he photographed the art of bootmaking at Kurt Lange’s Bootshop. Lange a native of Dresden, Germany, was born on February 29, 1888. He immigrated to America and arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1905. After working with H.J. “Joe” Justin in Nocona, Texas, and owning a shop in Ozona, he moved to and opened a bootshop in Alpine in 1911, which he operated until 1959. This exhibit includes the story of Lange and photographs of his men building a pair of boots.

Federico Villalba

Federico Villalba: Mexican Pioneer in the Big Bend

Exhibit Dates: February 10-August 30, 2015

Based on research by Federico Villalba’s great-grandson, Juan Manuel Casas, and his publication Federico Villalba’s Texas this exhibit tells the story of Villalba and his rise to rancher and merchant in the Big Bend.  Included in the exhibit will be numerous family artifacts.

Trappings of Texas
Lead Them On
by Edgar Sotelo

Trappings of Texas

2015 Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 16

Buyers & Sponsors Preview Party

Friday, April 17

Grand Opening Exhibit, Sale & Reception

Saturday, April 18

Chuck Wagon Breakfast in the morning
Trappings of Texas Ranch Round-Up in the evening

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