Current Exhibit

Celebrating and Forgetting, Lamenting and Remembering: The U.S.–Mexico War, 1846-1848 

April 1-August 30, 2014

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A new exhibit focuses attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. The U.S.–Mexico War was a formative event in US and Mexican history that continues to have repercussions. The struggling Republic of Mexico lost over half its territory while the U.S. gained Texas, California and the Southwest. Today, however, the war is largely overlooked in popular culture. 

“To better understand our collective history, we have to study not only the history of Texas and the history of the United States, but also the history of Mexico,” said Ben Huseman, exhibit curator. “The U.S.-Mexico War still affects our state and both countries today.”Among the treasures of the exhibit is a recently acquired rare 1847 lithograph Castle de Perote, Mexico by James Shannon. The image shows the surrender of Perote Castle, an infamous prison in the state of Vera Cruz, to Major General Winfield Scott. Accompanying the lithograph is Shannon’s sketchbook.

Celebrating and Forgetting, Lamenting and Remembering runs through April 1-August 30, 2014. For more information call 817-272-3393.

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