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It’s Texas Time: A Tale of One City

It’s Texas Time: A Tale of One City

Here’s a lovely poem from our second week of Summer Camp at The Bryan Museum about the main character of today’s blog post. It’s an ‘I Am’ poem, a form which the campers were taught in one of several writing lessons.   I am brave and adventurous.​I wonder if the New World will ever be conquered.  I...

September 24, 2021September 24, 2021
It’s Texas Time: Living on a Prayer

It’s Texas Time: Living on a Prayer

This week we spoke about the huge mission bell in the Spanish Colonial Gallery and its significance in the mission system which spanned across the Southwestern United States.  Mission bells were cast in two bronze parts – the ‘core’ inner mold and the ‘cope’ outer mold. The method of production led to each bell having...

September 10, 2021September 8, 2021
Family Treasures

Family Treasures

This dictionary was the property of and used by Stephen F. Austin …(illegible)  his sister Emily, has been willed to and used by Guy M. Bryan. – Signed: S. F. Austin. This inscription, inside an 1828 dictionary belonging to Stephen F. Austin, will soon be on display as part of the Texas Frontier Exhibit, along...

September 2, 2021August 24, 2021
The Hidden History Series

The Hidden History Series

The history of the Lone Star State is a well-worn yet ornate shawl, delicately embroidered with rich indigenous, European, and Mexican designs. Parts of it are torn, showing painstaking efforts toward liberation, and others are stained with the blood, sweat, and tears of those whose legacies toward the Texian people live on. It’s a piece...

August 18, 2021August 18, 2021
It’s Texas Time: All in the Details

It’s Texas Time: All in the Details

Did you listen in on our TikTok talk about the work of craftsmen in Tunstall, Staffordshire England? It’s a line of historical dinnerware commemorating the Texas Revolution and the US-Mexican War called “Texian Campaigne”. It’s one of the most sought-after Staffordshire patterns to this day.   The potters used six colors: blue (the most common), brown,...

August 13, 2021August 13, 2021
Not My First Rodeo

Not My First Rodeo

The first professional rodeo took place on July 4, 1883, in Pecos, Texas. “Professional,” meaning that it was the first rodeo to award prizes to contestants. But where did the sport come from? Surely, it did not appear overnight. To answer this question, we need to look back much farther than the 19th century. It...

August 6, 2021August 11, 2021
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