This year I am working as a guest curator for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Dr. Caudill has asked me to share from time to time about my experiences. My job is to plan and coordinate a special exhibit on women in Texas to open December 2012. (By the way, the current special exhibit at the Bullock on Texas high school football is a lot of fun if you can make it to the museum to see it—you can get info at http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/.) I started in August with the task of determining how to address the theme “women shaping Texas.” At this point, the developing focus is on women moving more fully into the public sphere in the 20th century, claiming voices and roles in Texas public affairs either as individuals or as part of groups. So many great stories exist that it is difficult to single out particular areas and particular stories, but as part of the process, I get to search Texas history collections for artifacts that will help tell the tales. Stories at this point range from Texas women’s determined push for voting rights in the second decade of the twentieth century to the environmental activism of the ‘90s.
Dr. Paula Marks