1910 – 1920: Life & Death on the Border

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An early 1900s history exhibit travels to STC’s Starr Co. Campus. Lecture: April 17, 1 – 2 p.m. at the STC Starr Co. Campus, Bldg. E auditorium.

The South Texas College Starr Co. Campus Library Art Gallery and History Department proudly present “Life and Death on the Border: 1910-1920”, a 42-panel Texas history exhibit that features postcards, court documents, photographs, and artifacts from the early 1900s in the Rio Grande Valley. These histories inspired Tejano literature, art, and music and influenced the creation of the Mexican American civil rights movement.

Dr. Trinidad Gonzales, a History Professor at STC and co-founder of the Refusing to Forget project, collaborated with colleagues across the state and nation to research and curate this exhibit.

“The award-winning Life and Death Along the Border: 1910-1920 exhibit is the first time the State Museum of Texas addresses the history of state-sanctioned violence by Texas Rangers against Mexicans and Mexican Americans. The history of the Rio Grande Valley cannot be understood without fully acknowledging these events that affected hundreds of families and how they survived and overcame them,” said Gonzales.

The exhibit will be on view from February 7 – April 30, 2024, with a lecture April 17 from 1 – 2 p.m. at STC Starr Co. Campus, Bldg.—E, 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, TX. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.

To view the original exhibition this panel exhibit is based on, visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum link.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ understanding of art, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, call (956) 488-5820, email gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.