On Exhibit NOW in the TSLAC Lobby!

Setting the Texas Table logo showing the shape of Texas in red with utensils on a plate over it "Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states." – Alistair Cooke

Food is elemental. It feeds the body but also fuels culture, identity and our economy. The foods that define us as Texans are as diverse as the regions, ethnic traditions and industries that populate the 268,597 square miles of the state.

What we present on our table is not only a product of our own history and taste but the culmination of a vast and complex enterprise. From the farmer, rancher or fisherman to the industry promoter and state official, the people and organizations behind the scenes are all part of a thriving system of food production, transportation, marketing, sale, regulation and state support.

Setting the Texas Table serves up a hearty helping of favorite dishes and documents how state government influences the foodways of Texas. The exhibit features archival records from the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Tourist Development Agency, the Texas Legislature and governors.

Enjoy our SETTING THE TEXAS TABLE EXHIBIT!


View current and past exhibits here

TSLAC regularly exhibits treasures from its collections in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. We encourage you to visit to see these pieces of history with your own eyes. Of course we understand that not everyone is able to stop by 1201 Brazos Street in Austin, so we’ve digitized most of what we display for you to view here online. Please feel free to browse our current and previous exhibits linked to from this page.

A shape of the state of Texas in red with a plate and utensils on it with the text Setting the Texas TableA hand holding a tray with the text on top of the tray - Archives À la Carte - Staff Picks

Fireworks behind text 'The Talking Book Program Volunteer Recording Studio Turns 40' on a blue background Setting Up Camp, the Early History of Texas State Parks

Image button to access lobby exhibit Historic Postcards from TexasImage button to access lobby exhibit the Evolution of the Texas Rangers

Image button to access lobby exhibit Texans' Struggle for Freedom and EqualityImage button to access lobby exhibit Texas in Focus: Early Photographs from the State Archives

Image button to access lobby exhibit Focus: Early Photographs from the State ArchivesImage button to access lobby exhibit Texas Investigates The Assassination of President John F Kennedy and Wounding of Governor John B Connally

Image button to access lobby exhibit Texas Republic Legation PapersImage button to access lobby exhibit Travis' 1836 Victory or Death Letter from the Alamo

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Image button to access lobby exhibit The Journeay Violin and the Mier Expedition (Black Bean Episode)Image button to access lobby exhibit Water in Texas

Image button to access lobby exhibit The American Civil War in TexasImage button to access lobby exhibit Talking Book Program

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