Texas history museum serves as shrine to high school football

Cameron Smith
August 18, 2011

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin is often jokingly referred to by Austinites as a shrine to the former lieutenant governor's own sense of legacy. Until January, it will also be a shrine to something Texas is more well known for worshipping: high school football.

As covered by the Austin American Statesman and a handful of other sources, the Bullock museum is currently exhibiting a collection on high school football rather appropriately named "Texas High School Football: More Than a Game." While the temporary exhibit has been open for less than a month, it has already turned some heads with the breadth of its scope, with significant museum space being dedicated to everything from bands to dance squads to -- of course -- Earl Campbell.

The exhibit's guest curator, Joe Patoski, reportedly spent two and half years cultivating the material for the exhibit, which received significant donations from The Discovery Fund, AstroTurf (yes, that AstroTurf) and the Texas High School Coaches Association, among other donors.

And, if there was every any question that Texas would support the exhibit, those should have quickly been dispelled by the kick off event the museum put together to officially get a video for the temporary show off the ground. Calling it "unconventional" for a museum wouldn't really do it justice, so here's how Patoski described it himself, on his own web site.

"Tailgate Party for the Museum Exhibit video with the Reagan Raiders Drum Line, the '61 State Champion Donna Redskins, and Kenneth Hall, the Sugar Land Express, the Greatest High School Football Player Ever"

Let's see: Tailgate party (free food, maybe more) + drum line + Kenneth Hall = good time. And think: This was only for a video for the exhibit (which you can see above, incidentally. Admittedly, it's a heck of a psuedo promotional video).

As they say, everything is bigger in Texas. Of course, you knew that already, particularly after the antics of divalover159 earlier on Thursday. We can all rest assured that he'll make the trip to Austin to take in the exhibit some time before January.

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