Demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids to explore Texas craftsmanship
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August programs highlight the most significant collection of Texas Furniture

ever assembled … now on display at the Bullock Museum

AUGUST 1, 2013 (AUSTIN, TX) - Whether watching a skilled craftsman build a rocking chair,

or creating a wooden shadowbox to house personal treasures, children and families will enjoy

programs at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in August that focus on handcrafted Texas


The programs are held in conjunction with Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg

Winedale Collection, an exhibition on display in the Bullock Museum’s Albert and Ethel

Herzstein Hall. Created in partnership with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,

Texas Furniture offers a rare opportunity for visitors to see pieces from the most significant

collection of 19th-century Texas furniture ever assembled.

Delight in the craftsmanship of Gary Weeks as he demonstrates how to make wooden

rocking chairs from 1 to 3pm on August 4. The museum exhibits and programs are free and open

to the public on every first Sunday of each month at the Bullock Museum. Story time, crafts and

a special "Sharks" children's activity are planned. "Free First Sundays" allow Texans to

experience the museum at no cost and to visit every month to enjoy a new family activity.

On Aug. 18, Mark Macek, who teaches woodworking and furniture design at University

of Texas Austin, will explore the merger between architecture and fine craftsmanship with a

demonstration from 1 to 3pm. Program is free with paid admission to the exhibits.

Children can get busy and make their own creation on Aug.10 and on Aug. 24 during

"Nailed It!" exhibit workshops from 1 to 4pm. Bullock Museum staff will lead participants on a

behind-the-scenes tour of exhibit preparation areas. Visitors will get a chance to design an

exhibit and create "mini-exhibit" shadowboxes. The museum provides objects to put in

shadowboxes but participants are encouraged to bring their own collectibles for display. Cost for

the workshops is $25 per project. Please call (512) 936-4649 to reserve a spot.

Since it opened in 2001, the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin

has been engaging audiences to interpret for themselves the continually unfolding Story of Texas.

One of the most popular attractions in Central Texas, the Museum has been visited by over 6

million people coming from every state in the United States and every continent on Earth.

Guests can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase

artifacts from around the state; watch films on history and culture in the Texas Spirit Theater;

and experience riveting documentaries in Austin's premier IMAX Theatre, which boasts the

biggest screen in Texas. For more, visit or call (512)936-8746.

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About the Bullock Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin tells the unfolding story of the history, culture and

people of Texas. One of the most popular attractions in Central Texas, the Museum has welcomed over 5 million

visitors since it opened in 2001. The Museum and IMAX Theatre are located at 1800 N. Congress Avenue, between

the State Capital complex and the University of Texas campus, and is open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm,

and Sunday from noon to 6pm. For more, visit or call (512) 936-8746
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