The Bullock features many special exhibitions throughout the year that relate to the history of Texas or the history of The United States. Others relate to significant world history events that have affected the masses worldwide.
American Flags will run through January 2017 and features the history and symbolism of the American flag. The exhibition consists of textiles, artworks and other memorabilia related to the flag. There are also 25 flags from important moments in history including a 200-year old flag from the early revolutionary period and may be one of the first flags with 13 stars ever made. The only 14-star flag that is known to exist is also an integral part of this display.
State of Deception looks at Nazi propaganda from the second World War. This exhibit looks at the way Nazi’s used media propaganda to further their agenda and brain wash the people of Germany. Visitors to this exhibit can see listen to radio broadcasts, see toys and posters that all aim to guide Germans into supporting war and a unified Aryan race.
There is a small exhibit in this exhibit that relates how Texas saw and responded to what was happening in Germany that lead into World War II. On the Texas Homefront, explores Texas internment Camps during World War II, cartoonist, and the Texans that took part in the mission to liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp. The exhibit ends with The Butterfly Project which is a compilation of thousands of handmade paper butterflies carrying the hopes and dreams of the children visitors on their wings.
Austin City Limits Theater shows clips and footage from the PBS TV show Austin City Limits which was the longest running music program in American television history. Snippets from Willie Nelson’s concert series, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, Lyle Lovett and Loretta Lynn, and many other iconic Texas performers.
Mapping Texas is an exhibition that displays some of the most important maps of Texas that change through history, the history of cartography and sketches of land ownerships. These artifacts are owned by the Texas General Land Office which has 45,000 artifacts out of 36 million on display at The Bullock. Many of the maps and sketches in this special exhibition date back to the early 16th century and showcase the way the landscape has changed from Native lands to the current state of Texas today. Photo: The Bullock Texas State History Museum
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