I am not a museum curator. I am a writer and a historian. Yet last week I had the pleasure of standing before several hundred folks at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin to show them the special exhibit I have spent the past two and half years curating— “Texas High School Football: More Than the Game.”
So how did that happen?
In December 2008 I received an e-mail from the museum asking me to apply for the position of guest curator. Why me? I wondered. There were more qualified football experts. Then I started looking through some old articles I’d written about high school coaches, the Herkie jump, and weird mascots. Maybe I did know something about this subject.
I also had an idea of how museum exhibits were organized. When the Bullock reached out to me, I was nearly finished writing the history of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a place I first experienced as a preschooler