!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: Texas State History Museum

Monday, October 12, 2009

Texas State History Museum

Poster advertising steamship service between Hamburg, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium, on one side of the Atlantic, and Galveston, Texas, on the other

The one other sightseeing stop I made while I was in Austin, besides the Blanton Museum of Art mentioned yesterday, was the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The museum is laid out in modern museum style, meaning great care has been taken to tell the state's story from multiple perspectives, with ample attention to the experiences of ordinary people — Native Americans, Mexicans, immigrants from elsewhere in the US, and immigrants from abroad.

The latter group are the subject of a special exhibit, Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island. I certainly had not been aware of the large number of immigrants who entered the US at Galveston, and was glad to learn about their experience through the memorabilia on display, accompanied by interactive exhibits, video, and explanatory text.

The Galveston exhibit closed at the Texas State History Museum yesterday and will now be taken to other venues, including Moody Gardens in Galveston and the Ellis Island Museum.