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 second Sunday (spoiler alert: sometimes we move to 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 2017-2018 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 12th season, “New Texan Frontiers”, our 2017-18 speakers will explore the national tragedy, growth, and technology changes of the period between 1955 and 1965. Read more about our individual installments here.

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