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Cultural Heritage Exhibition – Independence Day

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:00 AM - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601

The Grace Museum is collaborating with Abilene Christian University’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States.

Hardin-Simmons University Six White Horses, Photograph Courtesy of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Grace Museum is collaborating with Abilene Christian University’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States.

Independence Day in the United States is celebrated every July 4th to commemorate the Declaration of Independence in 1776 with fireworks, parades, and parties.

[Carriage at Abilene Parade], photograph, circa 1950s; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting McMurry University Library

Throughout Abilene’s history, Independence Day has meant a day off work and celebrating the holiday with friends, family, and the entire city. Families gathered to watch parades, and sometimes even participate, with young boys following the veterans as they marched. Churches hosted breakfasts, those with larger homes held open houses, and the Midsummer Fair drew visitors from all over the county. Abilenians participated in an annual golf tournament, hosted swimming parties, and celebrated with food and friends.

The Abilene Daily Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 181, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 9, 1919; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Public Library History

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