New Exhibits at Meadows Museum, DeGolyer Library (SMU)

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There is a new exhibit opening up at SMU’s Meadows Museum, focusing on King Charles IV of Spain and his twenty year reign from 1788 to 1808, which included parts of Texas (when it was called New Spain). The exhibit runs for three months and consists of furniture, paintings, and other artwork from the era.

Of particular interest to genealogy and history buffs, there is another exhibit at SMU running alongside this one, hosted by the DeGolyer Library at SMU. It’s the Mexico: Colony to Empire, 1519-1867 and it’s running from February 11 – May 20, 2010. Part of the exhibition covers the large hacienda land grants that helped shape this part of North America.

Among the items being exhibited at the DeGolyer Library of interest to genealogists:
– Manuscript collections concerning viceroyalty documents
– Land grants
– Nobility applications referencing purity of blood/lineage
– Catholic Church documents
– Assorted materials from the Mexican War and Texas Revolution
– Early Maps

Further Reading:
Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University
DeGolyer Library at SMU
Dallas Morning News

Presentation about Caddo Indians (March 28, 2010)

March 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This coming Sunday (March 28) at 2:30pm, Cecile Elkins Carter will be giving a talk about Caddo Indians at the Cleburne Conference Center (website, 1501 Henderson Street) in Cleburne, Texas, in conjunction with the Layland Museum (website). Carter is the author of Caddo Indians: Where We Come from.

Pete Kendall has a nice write-up at the Cleburne Times-Review about about Carter’s talk and Caddo Indians in this part of Texas. The Caddos were not a nomadic group, unlike some of the more well-known Indian tribes that have made their homes in Texas at one time or another, and were present in large numbers in East Texas and along the Red River before the settlers came along.

Further Reading:
Cleburne Times-Review