Cesar Garza

Communications Officer

Historic Violin to Be Displayed at UT-Austin’s Fine Arts Library

Friday, February 14, 2014 • Austin, TX • News Release

For one night only TSLAC’s historic Journeay Violin will be on display in the Fine Arts Library at UT-Austin during a lecture on legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 28.

The Journeay Violin – so named in honor of its creator Henry Journeay – was crafted from wood scraps left over from a chair made for Santa Anna. According to legend, Journeay played the fiddle to entertain Texans taken prisoner during the Mier Expedition in the early 1840s. In 2012 TSLAC exhibited the violin in the lobby of its Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol.

The 9th Annual Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama and Literature is being held at the Fine Arts Library in conjunction with the international Yehudi Menuhin Competition for Young Violinists taking place at UT-Austin from February 21 to March 2, 2014.

Jonathan Benthall, Menuhin’s son-in-law, will provide the lecture “Yehudi Menuhin: Violinist and Visionary” on February 28 during the dinner break of the Junior Finals competition. He will talk about the violin legend’s collaborations with talents such as Ravi Shankar as well as his unique approaches to music education.

For complete information about the Nilsson Lecture visit the UT-Austin Libraries website at For more on TSLAC’s current and past lobby exhibits, including the Journeay Violin, visit