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Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State


April 29 – September 18, 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery
Included with museum admission
 

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, is a once-in-a-generation, collaborative exhibition covering nearly three hundred years of Texas mapping. The maps, dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, document the birth of Texas, the evolution of the physical and political boundaries of the state and the rise of the Alamo and San Antonio Missions.

More than forty rare maps from the collections of the Texas General Land Office, the Witte Museum and Frank and Carol Holcomb of Houston, will be displayed in this exhibition. Many of these maps are on public view for the first time.

For the first time ever, three of the most important maps from the “Father of Texas,” Stephen F. Austin, are brought together representing his contributions to the cartographic history of the state.  Austin’s 1837 “Connected Map of Austin’s Colony, 1833–1837” is a prominent feature of Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State.  This map depicts the original land grants issued within Austin’s Colony, which became the model for subsequent land ownership maps housed at the Texas General Land Office.

Also put on display for the first time ever, the exhibition features the manuscript drafts of the surveys of the Texas-U.S. Joint Boundary Commission. Three different sheets, more than 14-feet wide, trace the Sabine River from its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico to Logan’s Ferry in the north, near present-day Logansport, Louisiana. A second set of maps follows the Boundary Commission survey in a straight line due north from west of Logan’s Ferry on the Sabine to the Red River. The boundaries established by these surveys were recognized when Texas entered the Union in 1845.

Researched by the Texas General Land Office and South Texas Heritage Curator Bruce Shackelford, Mapping Texas runs from April 29 to September 5, 2016, in the Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery in the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum. All labels were researched and written by José Adrián Barragán, PhD, Spanish Translator for the Texas General Land Office.

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State is presented in collaboration with the Texas General Land Office, and is generously supported by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development.