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Texas State Capitol Redux: How an Austin landmark was renovated

In 1983, a fire almost destroyed the 1888 Texas State Capitol. A complete renovation, including an underground extension for offices and fresh landscaping, followed. The whole re-do was finished in 1997. 94 more words


Ageless Patterns 1889 Cooking Apron

Last Christmas time, Kay at Stuhr Museum lent me this apron pattern.  I had just made a white apron from the National Garment cutter, and she thought I should make another apron for wear at Stuhr. 717 more words


It's all about the Texas State Capitol

We strayed from the American-Statesman archive today to explore the Portal to Texas History, one of the great digital resources for discovering our state’s past. But we stuck with this week’s theme: views of the Capitol. 57 more words


Turn the page: Bar pin beauties

The next page in my cabinet card album features two women who both happen to be wearing bar pins.

The lady on the left seems to be a blond with a kind, round face and bright eyes. 115 more words

Antique Photos

Revolutionary planetaria

Surely Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 painting is one of the top candidates for thinking about what Benjamin called “aura.”  It’s splashed on billboards, coffee mugs, buses, and shoes.   355 more words

Mary Turck Clark

It is a commonplace of genealogical and historical research that women and their stories are the “forgotten fifty percent.” In most North American societies it was, and in many places remains, the custom that upon marriage the woman took her husband’s surname. 475 more words

Clark Family