Texas Furniture at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Furniture at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 N. Congress Ave.
512 936 8746
thestoryoftexas.com

Long before Americans bought Ikea furniture and other imported factory-made selections, people relied on skilled crafters to build chairs, couches and tables for their homes. It was common for a local native-born or European immigrant cabinetmaker to handcraft home furnishings for Texans two centuries ago. Starting July 13, the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the University of Texas’ Dolph Briscoe Center for American History will offer visitors a special glimpse at 19th-century Texas furniture with the new museum exhibit “Texas Furniture From Ima Hogg's Winedale Collection.” About 40 pieces of furniture from the Winedale farmstead near Round Top and other selections make up the exhibit, which shows craftsmanship of the 1800s. Texas philanthropist and arts supporter Ima Hogg bought what was then the Samuel K. Lewis farmstead in 1963 before donating the property and its furnishings to the university two years later. Hogg, a supporter of historic preservation, was a collector of American furniture.

Museum spokeswoman Elizabeth Page says this exhibit will be the first time the collection of furniture has left the grounds of Winedale, which is part of the Briscoe Center. Lonn Taylor, a former Winedale director who served as a historian for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, is the exhibit’s guest curator. “Texas Furniture From Ima Hogg's Winedale Collection” can be viewed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., (512) 936-8746 for general information and (512) 936-4649 for tickets TheStoryofTexas.com. The exhibit will be displayed from July 13 through October 6.