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First Saturday Exhibit This Saturday, September 1

August 27, 2012

The DRT Library will be open this coming Saturday, September 1, and visitors will be invited to come and explore displays of rare and unique documents, photographs, books, and artifacts.

Protected and housed in our secure, climate-controlled vault, these original materials are exhibited infrequently, although library patrons can access them for individual research projects. Many of the items on display, including those related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution, cannot be seen anywhere else.

During September’s First Saturday Exhibit, visitors will be able to see:

  • “‘I Never Studied So Hard in My Life,'” highlighting school materials from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, including class photographs, report cards, student work, and yearbooks. The college diploma of Alamo defender Peter J. Bailey, part of the Alamo’s separate collections, is being loaned to the library for this event and will also be on display.
  • Tejanos in Early Texas,” showcasing documents by, to, and about well-known and less-famous Texans of Mexican descent. This exhibit complements the theme of the Alamo’s September First Saturday living history program.
  • “The Alamo through Time,” featuring a selection of historical photographs of the former mission and its vicinity.

Visitors will also be able to explore the original artwork in the library’s reading room.

The exhibit is free and will be open to the public from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Patrons will not be able to conduct research while the exhibit is on display.

This weekend’s event is part of a new series of First Saturday Exhibits, which take place on the first Saturday of each month in conjunction with living history activities at the Alamo (http://thealamo.org/visitors/events_details.php). We will post reminders and additional information here at “Inside the Gates” as each subsequent exhibit draws closer. The remaining 2012 First Saturday Exhibits will be on October 6, November 3, and December 1.

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