First Edition Capital City Argus, Vol. 1 No. 1
January 12, 1962
Gift of Mason Smith
One of several 20 th  Century produced African-American newspapers in Austin included the Capital City Argus . This first edition debuted on 12 January 1962 with a tribute to the founder, a fellow Austinite, Dr. Everett H. Givens (1888-1962). Many members of the community sent well wishes featured in this edition. Four founding members convened with Dr. Givens to realize his dream of circulating a local community newspaper to broaden the horizons of African-Americans in Austin.
Dr. Givens served as a lifelong dentist, a World War I veteran, and a civic leader in addition to editing the paper. Founding member, Mr. Milton C. Tears (1892-1968) served during World War I, worked as a mortician at the family funeral home and enjoyed being a musician. Born in Arkansas, founding member Mr. O.H. Elliott (1906-1984), came to Texas by 1935 and taught at Samuel Huston College as an Instructor and Business Manager. In the 1950s he worked as the Chief Accountant and Associate Professor at Huston-Tillotson College. The last two founding members of this newspaper, Mr. Kenneth R. Lamkin (1908-1967) worked as a lawyer and Mr. Walter L. McBride (1931-1984) worked as an agent for the Anderson, McBride and Wormley Real Estate and Insurance Firm.

All five of these African-American men lived and worked on the eastside of Austin. Three of them passed way within a few years of the paper's debut and the paper ceased operations by 1970. Many years later the Capital City Argus  saw a revival and continues to circulate under Mr. Charles M. Miles.


Juneteenth Exhibit (Core Exhibit)

On June 19, 1865 enslaved men and women in Texas learned they were free.  Juneteenth, a Celebration of Freedom, is the Carver's core exhibit dedicated to the history and evolution of the holiday. We are proud to be the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring this Texas-born day of jubilee. Through a combination of visual and interactive activities, every day is Juneteenth at the Carver Museum!

Black Pioneer Families of Austin
Main Gallery

Our permanent exhibit Black Pioneer Families of Austin highlights 10 families who have contributed greatly to the Central Texas landscape. From the area's first black settlements to some of this generation's strongest community leaders, this interactive gallery explores the history of Austin's African-American community and allows guests to present their own family genealogies through an interactive family tree.

Hope & Glory: 
Frederick Douglass

Renowned African American sculptor Tina Allen (1949-2008) creates portraits of iconic African Americans connected to life, liberty, and the pursuit of the American dream. 

Her bust of Frederick Douglass is featured along with an image of the Emancipation Proclamation, authored by President Abraham Lincoln.   That proclamation freed bondsmen, women, and children in states actively rebelling against the Union.  Video interviews by national media with Ms. Allen regarding her work are also featured in exhibition.
This exhibition is on loan to the Carver Museum courtesy of the Berri T. McBride Family Trust.
The Children's Gallery

The Children's Gallery, entitled Let's Pretend Dr. Carver!, is a hands-on look at accomplished African-American scientists and inventors. Children can  learn about some of history's most creative minds while seeing that they, too, can achieve great things when they put their own minds to work. We invite all visitors to become an inventor for a day!

L.C. Anderson High School
Community Gallery (near theatre entrance)

Located in the historic black community of East Austin, the "Old" L.C. Anderson High School served African Americans prior to the integration of educational institutions in the Austin Independent School District.

Through artifacts, recorded oral histories, and yearbook imagery, this exhibition honors faculty and spotlights the prestige and accomplishments of alumnae in academia, athletics, and music.

A Fist Fight with Destiny for Clarity: Why I Am Here

Exhibition runs July 6- September 22, 2017
Matthias Pressley (b. 1992), a native of the Bull City-Durham, North Carolina-is a visual artist who characterizes his aesthetic language as Afro-Surrealism. His works of art are dreamlike, sometimes disorienting, and fantasmic. Equally significant, Pressley saturates his paintings and collages with his experiences as a black person who travels between mystical and mortal realms of existence. By defining himself as an "artivist" (i.e. activist-artist), Pressley also grounds his creative works in his identities as a queer person and black feminist.
Why I  am Here: A Fistfight with Destiny for Clarity, provides the viewer with a glimpse into a complex set of visual narratives that mix autobiography with an avowed mission to dismantle misogyny, homophobia, exoticism, and patriarchy. This exhibition is part self-discovery and part-healing. It is a retelling of past turbulent experiences and how surviving a cliffside battle with life's struggles can serve as keys to unlocking the next level in one's journey.  

100% Exhibit Reception and Silent Auction
Community Gallery

Exhibition runs June 30- September 30, 2017

The George Washington Carver Ambassadors, Inc. and Jerry's Artarama present the 11th Annual 100% Community Exhibition and Silent Auction Fundraiser.
Funds raised will support educational programming at the Museum. In 2005, the first 100% Fundraiser brought professional artists, youth, families, self-taught image makers and students together in celebration of Austin's inclusive creative community.

That's My Face, a Film Series for Young Adults 
Dance Studio

Friday, August 11th, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Directed by: Daniel Petrie 
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

To RSVP, call (512) 974-4926 or go to Facebook.
Folktales Black Women's Literary Society
A Book Club Discussion
Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Friday, August 18th 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Two brown girls dream of being dancers-but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Contact Peggy Terry at for more info.   
First Saturday
Drum (Carver Lobby) 
Saturday, August 5, 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

First Saturday is an event once-a-month event that's family-friendly, diverse, programming covering many issues of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Features activities, music, vendors, discussions, and more.
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Austin Summer Musical For Children Present The Jungle Book
Boyd Vance Theatre

Saturday, August 12
11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 13th
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 19
11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Sunday, August 20
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 26
11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 

Sunday, August 27
2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.   

Austin Summer Musical for Children is excited to present, THE JUNGLE BOOK, for its FREE summer show!  The show is geared towards children 2-12 and lasts about an hour. You do need a ticket, but the good news is tickets are FREE. Tickets are available 30 minutes before each show and this year we are doing select shows for online ticket reservation. Please see ticket policy for more information.

More Information
Planet Cinema Screening: 
From Up On Poppy Hill
Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
Tuesday, August 15 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m. 

Directed by Goro Miyazaki, PG Umi is a 2nd year high school student in Yokohama. While her mother is studying in America, Umi lives with her grandmother and helps with running the boarding house. At school she befriends Shun. While working together in the preservation efforts, Umi and Shun find themselves falling in love. 

Planet Cinema is a film series devoted to world cinema, presented by the Museums and Cultural Programs Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department presented in partnership with the Austin Oita Sister City Committee, to celebrate Oita, Japan week and provide a cool summer treat for families in the warmest month of our year (it's hot in Oita, too!)

To RSVP, call (512)-974-4926 or go to  Facebook
Super Science Saturday
Dance Studio and Classroom
Saturday, August 12, 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Come by the Carver Branch Library and the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center for a full day of science-based fun. 
Learn about the different types of engineering, create a carnival-themed ride with little bits gizmos, attend an astronomy show in a mobile planetarium and so much more!

Genealogy Basics
Genealogy Center
Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Learn the basics of genealogy research. 
Basic computer skills are a requirement for the class.  

RSVP is required. 512.974.4380 

Genealogy Program 
Family History for Youth 
Museum Classroom 
Saturday, Aug.  26, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This class introduces the concepts of genealogy or family history to youth age 
7-12. Parent/guardian attendance
RSVP is required. 512.974.4380 
NOTE: *All weekday classes (in classroom & dance studio) will break for Summer Camps June 12, 2017-  August 11, 2017
Youth Dance Infusion Program
Instructor Aisha Melhem, M.A
Dance Studio

Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This is a program for youth who want to immerse themselves in all styles of dance, to artistically and physically articulate and expand their knowledge of the art. The diverse range of dance styles trains youth for a new era in the field that values tradition, technical versatility, innovation, and individuality.

Students will be introduced to the history and performance of: ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop, experimental and multicultural dance. Students will learn original choreography and gain the skills to create their own work. Our students will be able to integrate all forms and levels of dance and will have the opportunity to choreograph their own work.

Ages 4 to 18
Registration and Payment
Pre-Professional Youth Acting
Instructor Aisha Melhem, M.A
Dance Studio

A pre-professional program is designed for those interested in the art of stage or film acting, directing and more. We focus on original collaborative work so that our students grow rich in the experience of ensemble-building through creating their own productions.
Course topics:
* Monologue Preparation
* Text Analysis and Interpretation of Sides
* Improvisation Techniques and Exercises
* Pre-Audition and Callback Preparation
* Exploring your Emotional Depths
* Acting Tactics and Objectives
* Timing, Rhythm, and Control
* Expanding Your Acting Range with Character Work
* Scene Study
* Study of a Variety of Industry Adopted Methods
* Preparation for College/School Acting Program Auditions
* Building Your Own Actor's Website
* Headshot and Resume

Students are encouraged to audition for all B*Tru Arts productions.

Ages 7 to 18
Registration and Payment
Capoeira for Youth
Instructor Feijao (Seifu Bekele)
Dance Studio

Tuesdays, Thursdays
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art with Angolan roots,  is a fusion  of dance, acrobatics and music .  The martial art form is characterized by lightening speed kicks, spins and other movements. 

Ages 6 to 13
Fee: $55 per month
For more information:
Call (512) 636-8665

Register Online
Keys of Life
Piano Lessons with Daphne McDole
Carver Classroom

Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Keys of Life is an east Austin based piano instruction program teaching children the value of music.
For more information and to register:
Call: (512) 833-0546
Rhythms African Drum 
Instructor: Tonya Lyles
Dance Studio

Saturday, July 8 and July 22
*Classes held 2nd & 4th Saturdays
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Youth Drum
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Intergenerational Drum

This workshop series will enhance your connection to rhythm through hand drumming. In our class, you will learn basic techniques, hand patterns, and traditional rhythms on the West African djembe drum. Together we will build a drum community.     
Come. Learn. Drum!

Drums are limited. To reserve a drum, contact Tonya Lyles  at or (512) 974-4926.
Eat Your Way Through History:
Lunch and Learn
with Kitchen Diva Angela Shelf Medearis

Gain knowledge of cultural cuisine of African and African-derived food ways in the Americas.

Our Lunch and Learn is a culinary history program with a diva-licious luncheon featuring African, Caribbean, Texan, and Southern cuisines. Many ingredients and recipes are adapted from those used by Dr. George Washington Carver!  

Thursday, August 17th
LUNCH: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
August 17 Menu:
Tea Party for Old Anderson High School Grads Menu-- 
Continuous Service-- 11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Variety of Tea Sandwiches
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Green Salad
Deviled Eggs

Crowns/Fedora's e ncouraged for a Top Hat Fashion Show and best stories for the "REMEMBER WHEN" contest.  

(Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free options)

LEARN: 1:30 p.m.
Culinary History Lecture: Inspired by LC Anderson High School Exhibition in Carver's Community Gallery (near theatre entrance)

$20 Advanced Reservation
$25 at the door

Seating is limited!  Reserve today on Eventbrite.  More info/sign up; search: Medearis


New Classes Starting in August!

Saturdays starting 8/5/17 
1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Conference Room
Intro to Chalk Art Lettering 
Thursdays starting 8/24/17 
7 p.m.-9 p.m.  Classroom 
Instructor: April Ferrente

Mastering class is $25 (3-week sessions).  The chalk art class is $95 (6-week session). This includes a large handmade chalkboard & essentials toolkit.  For ages 18-50. 

The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation, and exhibition of historical and cultural material reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African descent living in Austin, Travis County, Texas and in the United States. The museum is also a key source of information on the history and celebration of Juneteenth. 

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance for participation in our programs or for use of our facilities,  please call (512) 974-3914.

George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
1165 Angelina Street Austin Texas 78702
(512) 974-4926 (museum) 
(512) 974-4380 (genealogy center)
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