Historic preservation at its best does not stand still; it moves with us, making the historical record accessible and relevant to our lives in the present. We design our events to compliment our permanent collection and exhibits, extending our interpretation of the social, political, aesthetic, and economic changes that former residents and Austinites alike saw across this city’s history. Whether you join us for an installment of our Modern Times speakers’ series or roll up your sleeves for experiments and activities on one of our Free Sundays, we hope you’ll find that asking yourself about the way we used to live goes beyond what we have in between our historic walls.

History Lab at Sunday Funday

From September through May, we invite you to join us for free on the first Sunday of the month for a kid-accessible hands-on activity, self-guided and informal tours, and of course open play on the lawn. In our 2016-2017 season, we’re experimenting with technologies that changed our lives, learning not only about how they work, but also what life could have been like before them. Read more here!

Modern Times

Supported by the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum, the Modern Times series leads its audience through a series of vignettes, decade by decade, in local, Texas, and American history. Now in its 11th season, “Midcentury Menaces and Miracles”, our 2016-17 speakers will explore the art, politics, and socio-technological changes of the period between 1945 and 1955. Read more about our individual installments here.

Upcoming Events

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One of the historic windows is restored to its original operating condition.
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