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

Museum Exhibit: A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie

February 11, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is running an exhibit, A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie, from today (Feb 11) through April 15, 2006.

Organized by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, this poignant and powerful exhibit brings to the surface artifacts recovered from the wreck of the British merchant slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, which sank about 35 miles off the coast of Key West in 1700.

The Henrietta Marie is the only identified and excavated merchant slave ship to have sunk in the course of trade in the New World. Artifacts raised from the ocean floor show that the Henrietta Marie carried pewter ware, ivory, slave shackles, trade beads, and many other artifacts which document every aspect of the slave trade.

The exhibition uses the artifacts and the ship’s records as touchstones for entering the daily lives of the Africans on board the ship as they made the journey to the New World as slaves; the seamen who manned the ship and managed its human cargo; and the traders who ran this notorious enterprise and integrated it into the economy of England.

It’s a well thought out exhibit