Wedding dresses from the 19th century to the present are featured in a new exhibit showcasing the changing styles of American brides. “American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” runs through Oct. 24 at the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts. Most of the dresses are from the University of North Texas’ Texas Fashion Collection, which includes more than 20,000 historic clothing items
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Although the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" was not trademarked until 2000, it had its roots and was used in Austin long before. Using music posters from two Austin collections, the exhibit explores the poster artists and music venues that define Austin's counterculture in the 1960s and 70s. From the archives of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Austin History Center, 29 posters have been selected from artists Jim Franklin, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Burns, Micael Priest and others to trace Austin's transformation from simply the political capital of Texas to a music capital of the world.
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The exhibit, dubbed Texas Cattle Queens, opened in early July. Inside, visitors get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of women during height of the cattle drive era, when livestock from across Texas were driven north to market towns along routes like the Chisholm Trail, which ran right through Central Texas and formed the backbone of region's first big industry: agriculture.
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Public history graduate student Gaetan Carpentier, who is conducting research on German Prisoner of War interments at Fort Sam Houston was interviewed by Channel 4 in San Antonio.
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Texas State graduate students Alex Borger and Ann Landeros, took part in a dedication ceremony honoring heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson. Borger and Landeros wrote the documentation to justify the marker. Johnson was a Galveston native and the first African-American to win the heavyweight boxing title during a period of legally enforced racism.
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In October 2012, the TOHA Board of Directors created the Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award in honor of longtime journal editor, Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. The award, judged by a panel of TOHA members, recognizes one outstanding article per issue of Sound Historian. The award is a cash prize presented at TOHA's annual conference each spring.
The first Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored public history graduate Jenny Paul, the author of "Fighting the Nashville Blues: The Outlaw Image in Texas Country Music," which was judged most outstanding article in Volume 14 (2012). Dr. P. Lynn Denton, director of the Public History Program at Texas State University, presented the award to Ms. Paul during the TOHA annual conference on April 13, 2013, held in the Taylor Murphy History building on campus.