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!

Beryl Exhibit

Beryl Rice Collection

Opening July 18, 2014
Exhibit Dates July 18 – August 31, 2014

(Located in the Temporary Gallery)

Selected works from the Beryl Lowe Rice Collection are on display in the Temporary Gallery. Beryl’s works reflects her passion for exploring many avenues of art including Naive Art, Sculpture, Ceramic Tile Work, Monotypes, Stitchery, Portraiture and her whimsical Bottle Dolls. Beryl Lowe Rice spent her early years on the Lowe Ranch in McMullen and LaSalle counties, Texas. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio and attended … (Click here for more information)

The Triumphant Banner by E.T. Paull

E.T. Paull: America’s Other March King

Exhibit Currently Open until August 31, 2014

(Located in the Jess Yell Womack Education Room Hallway)

From the Collection of Yana and Marty Davis are 12 framed pieces of E.T. Paull’s sheet music that have a military theme. Edward Taylor Paull was born on February 16, 1858 in Gerradstown, Virginia, now West Virginia, where his father was a farmer and later became a prosperous boarding house keeper in Martinsburg. It is thought that Paull witnessed the effects of the Civil War and the lasting memories are reflected in the amount of material that he wrote and published that had war and military themes.

Included in the show are Charge of the Light Brigade, 1896, Paull’s first publication after moving his family and growing enterprise to New York City; America Forever!, 1898, one of Paull’s earliest patriotic pieces, likely in response to the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine that was the catalyst for the Spanish-American War and Spirit of the U.S.A., 1924, the last of the great Paull patriotic marches published during the composer’s lifetime.

Visitors are encouraged to test their knowledge of when states came into the Union with the two sheet music pieces titled The Triumphant Banner, 1907 and The Home Coming, 1908.

Trappings of Texas

Trappings of Texas

Selected Pieces from the Permanent Collections

Currently Open through July 13, 2014

(Located in the Temporary Gallery Hallway)

On display in the hallway are art and gear from the Trappings of Texas Collection. Featured 2D artists are Mike Capron, Sheffield, Leroy Featherston, Gary Morton, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, Hillsboro, New Mexico, and F. Gentry. Gear makers include Billy Klapper, spurs, Pampa, Wilson Capron, spurs, Christoval, PeeWee Peebles, bits and spurs, Tesnus, and Wayne Franklin, 3 piece buckle set, Christoval.

In addition is an information panel on the history of Trappings of Texas and how one can become a sponsor.

Sunrise on Cathedral by Gary Morton

Sunrise on Cathedral by Gary Morton