Painting of horses at water tank

31st Annual Trappings of Texas

An Exhibit & Sale Of Traditional Western Art & Custom Cowboy Gear

April 20, 2017 – May 28, 2017

The 31st Annual Trappings of Texas opened the weekend of April 20-22 at the Museum of Big Bend on the Sul Ross State University campus.

The premier artist of 2017 is Herman Walker of Kerrville.

Click for more information and to view all 67 works from this exhibit.


Turning Points in Teaching:
Early Education and the Annual Summer Normal in Alpine

Through September 3, 2017:

In 1886, shortly after then Murphyville, now Alpine, was established, a one-teacher school was established. The school continued to grow and by 1907 the Alpine Independent School District was established.

The president of the AISD was Joseph Daniel, J.D., Jackson and he along with school superintendent George W. Page oversaw the expansion of the district. More importantly, however, they created the Annual Alpine Summer Normal that offered continuing education courses to teachers in the area beginning in 1910.

With the incredible success of the Summer Normal, Jackson and others began a campaign to secure a permanent Normal School in Alpine.

Learn more about these historic times in Alpine, what a Normal School is, the story of J.D. Jackson and the start of Sul Ross State University!


Images courtesy of the Archives of the Big Bend, Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University.

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! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGzhtlN3Q2Y