2021 Exhibits in the Bailey House

903 East Washington Street, Rockwall, TX 75087

EXHIBIT HOURS – Wednesday-Friday 1-5pm / Saturday 10am-5pm

November 5 through 30, 2021

Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930-1960

“Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930-1960” pays tribute to the industrious, ambitious, and hard working women of rural Texas.
All of the photographs in the exhibit were selected from a large collection assembled and preserved by the Texas Agricultural
Extension Service.
During the three decades covered by this exhibit, rural Texas women experienced the Great Depression and World War II–and one major technological
breakthrough–the expansion of electric service into most rural areas. Each of these had significant effects upon the population
everywhere and tremendous effect upon the lives of rural Texas women. The Great Depression of the early 1930s caused serious economic problems. Prices were very low, but money was scarce. Farmers received very little return on what they produced. Because of this, farm families, especially women,
had to produce more of their own food, thereby increasing the burden on rural Texas women.

Canning vegetables and meat for winter was a common practice during this time.
Women performed some jobs typically done by men.

                                       Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museums                       exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.   

 

September 14 – October 22

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Photograph by Tom Prather, this image of an elegant Victorian house is included in The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860’s-1930’s

Beginning Tuesday, September 9th, the Rockwall County Historical Foundation will present “The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s-1930s,” an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
“The Way Things Were” focuses on family and community life of Texas settlers as reflected in old buildings. The exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers’ visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.
The exhibition will be available to the public from September 14th to October 22nd, 2021. See viewing hours and location at the top of this page.  For more information or to arrange group visits, contact the Rockwall County Historical Foundation at 972-722-1507.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.   

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June 10 – July 20

“ANNEXATION:  CELEBRATION OF TEXAS STATEHOOD”

The Annexation of Texas to the Union by Donald M. Yena, 1986, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.                                                                                                                                   The annexation of Texas as the twenty-eighth member of the United States of America had a profound impact on world events and the course of democracy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. “Annexation” tells the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation and the consequences of that vote. Through photographs of historic documents, daguerreotypes, sketches, artifacts and concise texts, this exhibition invites audiences to become more familiar with one of the defining moments of Texas and U.S. history.

This exhibition is provided by Humanities Texas, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.

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“SIGNERS OF THE TEXAS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”

APRIL 6 – MAY 16

TUESDAY- FRIDAY 1:00PM – 5:00PM
SATURDAY 10:00AM – 5:00PM

On the frozen morning of March 1, 1836, forty-four men shivered in an unfinished house in the tiny hamlet of Washington, Texas. They and fifteen other men who later joined them, representing all the municipalities in the Mexican province of Texas, declared the territory to be a free and independent republic.  Through twenty panels of photographic images and captions, “Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence” presents an expanded look at these fifty-nine extraordinary men who brought modern Texas into being.

903 East Washington Street, Rockwall, TX 75087
This exhibition is provided by Humanities Texas, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.

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Exhibits 2021

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