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!
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: 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.
Lead Them On
by Edgar Sotelo
Trappings of Texas
April 17 – May 31, 2015Click Here for Exhibit Information!
The Window by Carolyn Dailey