“West Campus: Evolution of an Austin neighborhood, 1815-2015” exhibition opening at the Neill-Cochran House Museum

I’m thrilled to announce that the exhibition I’ve been working on for the past several months, West Campus: Evolution of an Austin Neighborhood, 1815-2015, is set to officially open with a talk and reception at the Neill-Cochran House Museum on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:00pm.

So come on out and join me to celebrate San Jacinto Day at the official opening. Details below.

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West Campus: Evolution of an Austin Neighborhood, 1815 – 2015

Exhibit Opening Reception

Tuesday, April 21st, 6:00 pm


West Campus changes: old house in the shadow of a high-riseWhat West Campus do you remember?

Do you recognize what you see when you walk, drive, bike, or take a bus down 24th street? Were you once a student at UT Austin? Are you now? Do you remember what this part of our changing city was like before the University Neighborhood Overlay Plan? Ever heard of Wheatville and the Austin Gold Dollar? Through this exhibit, we interpret 200 years of the history of our iconic and dynamic Austin neighborhood. Join Lead Exhibit Organizer Susan Floyd and Executive Director Rowena Dasch for an evening of conversation about the exhibit over complimentary cocktails (21 & over, please!) and refreshments courtesy of Freedmen’s Bar.

About the evening: Dates, times, and details

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Susan Floyd will give a presentation based on her research at 6:30pm with informal discussion and viewing of the museum until 7:30pm.
After the presentation, join us to continue the conversation at Freedmen’s, just one block north of the Museum at 2402 San Gabriel Street, in the historic 1869 Franklin-Franzetti building.

$10 for the community / $5  for students with valid ID / free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.
All tickets include complimentary cocktails and refreshments and $10 off dinner at Freedmen’s Bar after the event (walking distance from the museum).

Tickets are available online and at the door on the night of the event.
Event parking is available free of charge in the museum lot located off of 23rd street.

Questions about the event? Trouble with online registration? Feel free to contact museum staff at info@nchmuseum.org or 512-478-2335.

About the exhibit: More than just our house

When you join us for a tour of the museum, our focus is on the collection, personal histories, and architecture of the 1856 house. In this exhibit, we expand our view to the people, politics, and places that have defined and re-defined this neighborhood over time. While the area has undergone a significant transformation in the last decade as a result of the UNO Plan, it is not the first time that life for people living around present-day 24th & San Gabriel has changed dramatically.

See the Neill-Cochran House Museum’s official announcement in full here.