BELTON — Recognizing how the past profoundly influences the future, the Bell County Museum collects, preserves and interprets the historic and prehistoric cultural heritage of the Bell County region, and provides quality traveling exhibitions for visitors’ enjoyment and education.
The museum will present a focused exhibition of original lifetime prints by legendary documentary photographer Dorothea Lange on Feb. 15. An opening reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Highlighting the show are oversized exhibition prints of Lange’s portraits from the Great Depression, including White Angel Breadline, Migratory Farm Worker, and, most famously, Migrant Mother — an emblematic picture that came to personify pride and resilience in the face of abject poverty in 1930s America.
The exhibit will be on view at the museum Feb. 15 through May 3.
“This exhibit is just perfect for our visitors because during her travels she actually came to and photographed Bell County,” said Stephanie Turnham, museum director. “This is one of the temporary exhibits, but we have several permanent exhibits for someone to see and spend a couple of hours here. We have exhibits related to local history and exhibits that travel across the country.”
Lange had known adversity early in life. She found her true calling in the crash of 1929, as a peripatetic chronicler of the many faces of America, old and young, urban and rural, native-born and immigrant, as they dealt with unprecedented hardship, sometimes with resilience, often with despondence.
Her immortal portraits seared the faces of the depression era into America’s consciousness.
The Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main Street in Belton, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 254-933-5243.