|Direct Descendant of Moses Austin unveils portrait of the “Father of Texas” in Texas! The Exhibition|
Upcoming Exhibit Celebrates 175th Anniversary of Texas Independence
WHAT: The opportunity for media to photograph or film J.P. Bryan—a direct descendant of Moses Austin, Stephen F. Austin’s father—unveiling the portrait of Stephen F. Austin in the new special exhibition, Texas! The Exhibition, opening to the public March 6 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Stephen F. Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” was the first of 23 empresarios to build a colony within Mexican Texas. His Old Three Hundred started a population boom that would lead to the Texas Revolution.
Also, see and hear Bryan reveal fascinating tales behind some of the monumental treasures in the exhibition that “speak” to the life and times of Austin and the Lone Star State’s colorful past, such as Austin’s 1830 ‘Tanner Map’ of Texas and adjoining states; a hatchet; telescope; and Texian loan documents—bonds used to raise money for the Texas Republic.
WHO: J.P. Bryan, Guest Curator for the Texas! The Exhibition, Houston Museum of Natural Science
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 11 a.m.
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030
HOW: Contact Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or come to Museum Services for assistance.
WHY: “Texas is known for a lot of things and this grand exhibition boasts what’s great about the Lone Star State and highlights some of its outstanding attributes,” said J.P. Bryan, guest curator for the Texas! The Exhibition. “From notorious warriors responsible for the birth of a one-of-a-kind republic and state, to famous events, and a vast collection of artifacts, these collected works provide a vivid glimpse into the rich heritage of Texas.”
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