Austin – The newest public exhibit at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946, opens to the public on Monday, September 19.
This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Explore how seven governors responded to the issues of their eras through a selection of proclamations, correspondence, photographs, legislation, postcards and more. As Texas transitioned from an independent republic to the 28th state in the Union, these governors oversaw the growth and development of what would become the second most populous state in the country.
“We think this new exhibit illustrates the importance of government records, especially those of the state’s highest elected office, to understanding Texas history,” said State Archivist Jelain Chubb. “Historic photographs show us what it was like to be in the governor’s office in 1911, letters of both Union and Confederate military officials as well as civilians give us first-hand accounts of the periods of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and artifacts from inaugurations, like the programs and mementos on display, allow us to imagine what it was like to attend these historic events. The items we preserve in the State Archives really bring history to life.”
Named a National Literary Landmark, the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building is the agency’s flagship located directly east of the Texas Capitol. Lobby exhibits are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Second Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unable to travel to Austin? TSLAC’s exhibits are also available to explore 24/7 online at www.tsl.texas.gov/lobbyexhibit
Texas Governors and Their Times will be on view until May 15, 2023.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.