This fall at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the special exhibition Texas High School Football: More Than The Game celebrates the state’s most popular sport and captures the sights and sounds of Texas’s Friday night life – from the action on the field, the noise in the stands, and the pageantry of halftime and homecoming – to tell a larger story about ourselves as Texans.
The exhibit was developed by the Museum and curated by Joe Nick Patoski, who has spent four decades writing about Texas and Texans – from musicians’ biographies to coffee table books on state parks. For this exhibit, Joe Nick spent two years travelling thousands of miles across the state to witness football in every incarnation in the hopes of discovering what it is about high school football that captivates so many people across the state of Texas.
In the exhibit, you’ll see the history of the game unfold through artifacts like uniforms from decades past, championship rings, and sports training contraptions that started in Texas and changed the game nationwide. You’ll experience photography, video, and oral histories from contemporary players, twirlers, cheerleaders, and fans from every corner of the state. And you’ll start to see that for at least a few hours every week in the fall, Texas high school football is the glue that transcends cultural, ethnic, and spiritual differences to define us all as Texan.
Additionally, The Museum has partnered with St. Edward’s University professor Bill Kennedy and eight of his photo- communication students to capture the spirit of football Friday nights in a companion photography exhibit, entitled Fridays in Focus, on display in the Museum’s third floor Austin Room from September 21 – October 5. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public during regular Museum hours.
The Museum offers free exhibit admission to its permanent exhibits and to Texas High School Football: More Than the Game from 2 – 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month; regular admission is $9 for adults; $8 for college students (with valid ID); $7 for seniors/military (with valid ID); $6 for youth ages 4-17, free for ages 3 and under.