Texas pride will always fly high. Texas Flags, sponsored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, will be on exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum from August 5th through October 2nd, 2005. Texas Flags is comprised of 29 historic flags associated with the state, which are on loan from eight different museums and archives from around Texas and other states. The flags in this exhibition span more than 100 years of Texas History. During these years, the people who designed, made and flew these flags struggled to forge an identity, first as Texans and ultimately, as Americans. In the flag's early incarnations, homespun cotton, ladies' silk dresses, and various other goods provided the materials used for banners to lead Texans in battle and in nation-building.
The Texas flags featured in this exhibit are historical objects that show considerable artistry and ingenuity on the part of their makers. Their stories reveal much about the cultural and aesthetic preferences of the age in which they were fashioned and about the political winds in which they were unfurled.
Robert Maberry, Jr. wrote Texas Flags, a book about this historical flag. Maberry will be the featured speaker at the Bush Museum Issue's Forum on August 9, 2005.
Maberry wrote this book as guest curator for the exhibition Texas Flags: 1836-1945 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has also served as the director of the Historical Flags of Texas Project, a conservation effort sponsored by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Bush Museum Issues Forum strives to present leading experts in their respective fields. The forum also provides a vehicle in which the local community can be engaged in discussion concerning topics and issues that face our nation.
The Issues Forum begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Bush Complex. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make reservations, call Amanda Urrutia at 979-691-4015.