Texas Under Six FlagsSJ_flag_copy-300x291

(November 1, 2016 – September 1, 2017)

The exhibit will tell the story of the countries whose flags flew over Texas, the Kingdom of France (1685-1763), the Kingdom of Spain (1519-1821), the Mexican Federal Republic (1821-1836), the Republic of Texas (1836-1845), the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), and the United States of America (1846).. On display will be rare artifacts from each country focusing on the time period that country claimed Texas as their own.

Polly Smith: A Texas Journey (February 1 – May 27, 2017)

In 1936 Polly Smith, a 27-year-old photographer undertook her first professional assignment, to photographically record the entire state of Texas. She crisscrossed the state by air, rail, and car to illustrate all of Texas for America. Her work was presented at the 1936 Centennial Exhibition and is a permanent part of the Hall of State. The body of her work from that laborious journey is held in the Dallas Historical Archives and is the basis for this exhibit.


Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!

(February 28 – March 19, 2017)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 15-23, 2017)

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.

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.

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 17-26, 2017)

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.