Shifting Frontiers: Texas from Spain to Space

By Marketing and Communications | 10-27-2016


New Cushing Memorial Library and Archives Exhibition Opens

College Station (October 27, 2016) The new exhibit at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Shifting Frontiers: Texas from Spain to Space, highlights the complexity of Texas history, as well as the impacts Texas has made on the rest of the United States and the world. While the items tell a comprehensive history of Texas, they also showcase multi-faceted impacts Texas A&M University has had on its history as well.

“Over the years, Cushing has built a stellar collection of artifacts related to Texas history. Those who visit the exhibit will get to step into the shoes of historical Texans as they journey through the years of accomplishments and impacts our state and university have had on so many,” commented Dean David Carlson, of Texas A&M University Libraries. “Our Texas collection is so strong due in no small part to the exceptional generosity of donors to the University Libraries who have enabled us to acquire materials ourselves or who have given generously of their own collections built from personal dedication and devotion as collectors -- as devoted sons and daughters of the state of Texas.”

The exhibit consists of unique and rare items in a wide variety of forms, including maps, books, manuscripts, photographs, textiles and audiovisual materials. The exhibit documents the culture and history of Texas from the early days to the present time.

Military history is strongly represented in the exhibit, from the Texas Revolution through the two World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Other aspects of Texas life documented in the exhibit include immigration, ranching and agriculture, technology, popular culture, performing arts, the oil and space industries, and other science breakthroughs are also documented in the exhibit.

“The exhibition showcases documents, books, videos, and artifacts, including a beautiful performance dress worn by Houston-born guitarist and legendary singer of Tejano music Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007), ‘La Alondra de la Frontera’ (the Lark of the Border),” said Dr. Francesca Marini, Director of Cushing Library.  “Some fragile items will only be displayed for a limited time, including an autograph letter signed by Sam Houston on January 18, 1853 in Washington, D.C. We hope visitors of all ages will enjoy this exhibition, and we welcome everyone to (re)discover Texas.”

The exhibit is open and free to the public in the Cushing Library from October 28 through June 30, 2017. To see all artifacts and pieces of Texan history, guests are recommended to visit at least twice during the span of the exhibit being open.


For more information, please contact co-curators Robin Hutchison (, Anton duPlessis (, or Greg Bailey (