The War on Two Fronts: Texas heroes of the First World War

(November 4, 2017 – September 1, 2018)

African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Women all served honorably in the armed forces and at home during WWI. While they all had to fight for the right to serve their country, a contested struggle was also going on at home for their equality. Whether it was for equal rights, the right to vote, or to even be American citizens their cause for justice and freedom under the law was a long and difficult one. The War on Two Fronts looks at a few of the many Texans who persevered under the most trying of circumstances.


“We beg of you, to give us the right to fight. We guarantee to you, sir, our hearts could be for no better cause than to fight for the land we love, and for the freedom we share.”

Chief Red Fox to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker 1917.

Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island

(November 4, 2017 – January 2, 2018)

As a major gateway for immigration, Galveston Island was the port of entry for hundreds of thousands of people coming to America from 1845 to 1924. Forgotten Gateway considers the importance of place in the immigrant experience—tracing the history of Galveston Island as it changed from a small harborage for sailing vessels, to a major cosmopolitan steamship and railroad hub, and back to a nearly abandoned immigrant station—and explores universal themes of immigration including leaving home, encountering danger, confronting discrimination, and navigating bureaucracy.

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

(November 4, 2017 – January 2, 2018)

Based on the book Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas and on an earlier exhibition of the same name by the Woman’s Collection at Texas Woman’s University Library, the exhibition uses archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards and texts to illustrate the struggle for woman suffrage in Texas. Exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Citizens at Last” is made possibly in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Drawing Power: The Editorial Art of John KnottSat. Sept. 5, 1936 "Walk in, Folks!"

(June 5- October 22, 2017)

John Knott worked for the Dallas Morning News from 1905 until his retirement in 1957. During this time his artwork amassed to over 15,000 pieces. The archives of the DHS holds more than one third of this body of work. His most famous character “Old Man Texas”, was devised in 1906 to symbolize rural Texas, honesty in government, low taxes, and property ownership. His work was reprinted in many major American newspapers over the years. His work encompasses every possible aspect of the public’s interest from the humorous to the social conscience of the state and nation. The exhibit presents his work on many topics that are still of direct interest to a modern audience.

State Fair of Texas: Texas in the First World War

(September 29th – October 22nd, 2017)

An exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of US and Texas entry into WWI. The exhibit will draw on numerous private and museum collections. The exhibit will be held in the Great Hall, the Hall of Heroes, and the Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall/Auditorium.




Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Special Display

(February 23 – March 11, 2018)The Alamo

The exhibit focuses on the conflict for Texas’ freedom.  The Alamo; a Spanish mission, a Mexican fortress and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.  On March 6, 1836 General Santa Anna’s forces overtook the Alamo, slaying all 200 Texans defending its walls.  The Goliad Campaign of 1836 ended with the resulting Goliad Massacre.  Unique artifacts, including Davey Crockett’s pistol from the Alamo and Fannin’s watch from Goliad will be on display.

Battle of San Jacinto (April 14-23, 2018) Special Display

The Battle of San Jacinto was fought on April 21, 1836.  The battle lasted less than an hour with the Texans under General Sam Houston defeating the army of General Santa Anna.  This decisive battle led to Texas independence from Mexico.  On display will be rare items including Sam Houston’s handwritten report of the Battle of San Jacinto and Santa Anna’s spurs.


Rusty old shackles with padlock, key and open handcuff used for locking up prisoners or slaves between 1600 and 1800.Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom (June 16-25, 2018) Special Display

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger stood at Galveston Bay and pronounced that all African American slaves living in Texas were free. Because of the war, no one in Texas had heard word of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation, the law he signed abolishing slavery in America. In 1989, the day was declared an official state holiday. Items on display will include the only known original copy of the General Order No. 3.