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Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Texas State Archives

March 22, 2016 | By

Postcards are gloriously enticing—intended to generate fond memories with beauty, grandeur, and humor. The Texas State Library and Archives in Austin explores the topic in Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Texas State Archives.

New Finds, Old Faves

April 9, 2013 | By

It’s getting tough to spend the day in Fredericksburg. After enjoying numerous day-trips to this Central Texas town, I realized during my most recent visit that Fredericksburg’s attractions—both the new and the venerable—have become so numerous that one day just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Lubbock Lights

December 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

For many Lubbock-area residents, the holidays officially begin when they make the trek to Texas Tech for the university’s annual Carol of Lights, an evening event that has brought the community together for more than a half-century.

Make Waves This Winter

December 1, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Last November, when a group of adventuresome friends suggested a Thanksgiving trip to Port Aransas, I jumped at the chance to enjoy a beachfront holiday with long walks in the still-warm surf, leisurely bicycle rides accompanied by squawking gulls, and beachcombing for shells and random sea-tumbled treasures.

A Sky-High Specticle

August 21, 2010 | By Sheri Alzeerah

Air travel has a whole new meaning. llluminating the Texas sky with a kaleidoscope of bold color and striking shapes, 75 hot-air balloons will take to the air during the 31st Annual Plano Balloon Festival on September 17-19.

Greetings From (Just Off) I-35

August 21, 2010 | By Anthony Head

I spend a lot of time driving on Interstate 35, especially between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Abstracts from the Americas

August 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

An innovative exhibit at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum features 85 works by more than 65 abstract artists from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States.

Ship Shape

June 15, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Corpus Christi’s Naval Station Ingleside will take on the appearance of an historic port of call as four tall sailing ships hailing from four countries in the Western Hemisphere arrive in early July.

Independence Day in Belton

June 15, 2010 | By Marty Lange

Belton knows how to throw a birthday party for America. The celebration starts with a barbecue at Yettie Polk Park on Wednesday, June 30, followed by Rodeo Belton at the Bell County Expo Center July 1-3; a carnival runs concurrently at Confederate Park.

All the Right Notes

June 6, 2010 | By Tim Schuller

Sighting the Texas Musician’s Museum, two blocks north of Hillsboro’s restored courthouse, gave me the metabolic mellow-down that comes when you disembark from the city into the country.

The Caverns of Sonora

June 1, 2010 | By Charles Lohrmann

Even though the fantastic geological formations inside the Caverns of Sonora are the primary attraction, consider also that the cave is cool in the summer: a steady 71 degrees.

Honoring Juneteenth

June 1, 2010 | By Marty Lange

A national holiday honoring African American heritage claims origins in Texas. Though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, enforcement of the executive order didn’t materialize in the Lone Star State until Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston on June 18, 1865.

Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag

March 1, 2010 | By Nola McKey

Drive the backroads of Texas long enough, and you’re sure to spot a distinctive symbol on the side of a weathered barn or atop a wavy tin roof.

Discovery Center Amarillo

March 1, 2010 | By June Naylor

Two revelations strike me as I wander through the expansive, remodeled Don Harrington Discovery Center complex: You’re never too old to get a kick out of bubbles, and you’ll be surprised at how much science you’ve forgotten that you once learned.

Stanzel Brothers Legacy

November 20, 2009 | By Danté Dominick

Long before a renovated dance hall and tours of painted churches put Schulenburg on the map, the name was printed on thousands of boxes of Stanzel Company model-airplane kits that were shipped to kids from Maine to California.

Surprising Salado

November 20, 2009 | By Nola McKey

“Many of the artists who live here have statewide reputations; some are nationally known.”
Recently, I decided to explore the peaceful-looking village of Salado.

Mirandaville: Between Tyler and Mineola

October 21, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Next time you’re motoring through East Texas on Interstate 20, don’t dare pass the Tyler/Lindale/Mineola exit.

Things to See in the RGV

October 21, 2009 | By Eileen Mattei

I often tell friends and family who live in chillier climes that winter is the best time to be in the Rio Grande Valley.

Bringing Texas to the Table

October 1, 2009 | By Brenna Burkarth

From September 28 through October 2, as part of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up program, more than 200
mom-and-pop cafes and fine-dining restaurants across the state will offer special dishes made with local produce and meats, often paired with Texas wines.

Bywaters at the Blanton

October 1, 2009 | By Charles Lohrmann

It’s rare for an artist to establish a genuine, specific, and objectively acknowledged sense of place in his or her work, but Jerry Bywaters beat those odds by capturing a palpable sense of Texas and the Southwest through his paintings and prints.

Memorializing the Mission

August 20, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Jan Reid’s thoughtful reflection on the Alamo along with Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith’s beautiful images, begins on page 24 of this issue.

“I’ve Been Everywhere”

August 20, 2009 | By Shelia Scarborough

Driving down Independence Parkway to the La Porte home of Battleship Texas, it’s hard to believe that maritime and Texas history await discovery right around the bend, at the San Jacinto Battleground.

Crockett Street Revival

July 21, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

When oil was dis-covered on the outskirts of Beaumont in 1901, fortune-seekers of all stripes flocked to town to do business with the exploding population.

I ‘Heart’ Beaumont

July 21, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt


When I read that a 252-acre botanical garden in Orange, Texas—Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center—had recently been honored for its environmentally sound design, I started to plan a trip to southeast Texas to see it myself.

West Texas Wonder

June 1, 2009 | By Marty Lange

Halfway between Marfa and Presidio, within the spectacular Chihuahuan Desert and the Chinati and Cuesta del Burro mountains’ Cinemascope landscape, the 30,000-acre Cibolo Creek Ranch awaits.

In the Grotto

April 24, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

Beginning May 30, tourists exploring San Antonio’s famous underground River Walk can see more of the city without navigating street-level traffic.

Hacienda Dreaming

April 20, 2009 | By June Naylor

Needing an escape from city stress, I packed a bag and drove 45 minutes west of my hometown of Fort Worth for a stay at the new Double J Hacienda, a 12-acre retreat just outside Mineral Wells.

Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Days Turns 71

March 12, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

How many pirates can fit into corpus  Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium? Consider this: Some 23,000 football fans reportedly squeezed in for a hotly contested playoff game a decade ago—but no one was wearing high-seas haberdashery or carrying a cutlass.

Night Light

March 12, 2009 | By Samantha Hyde

As inland-bound 19th-Century sailors began the home stretch through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a beacon of hope shined during even the harshest of Gulf storms: the 72-foot-high Port Isabel Lighthouse, whose stationary white light was visible from 16 miles out to sea.

Sailing Under the Jolly Roger

March 12, 2009 | By Eileen Mattei

The gray-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico conceal unfathomable mysteries. After all, it was here, in the early 1800s, where the elegant, entrepreneurial pirate Jean Lafitte commanded a small navy of privateers and smugglers who seized silks, spices, and other cargo from ships bound for New Orleans.

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