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!

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

Exhibit Dates

April 17 – May 31, 2015

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Big Bend Plein Air
 The Window by Carolyn Dailey


Big Bend Plein Air

Exhibit and Sale Dates: June 19 to August 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

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