November 7, 2014–February 6, 2015
Performing Arts Center, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas
In 1916, as war raged in Europe, America remained neutral, focused instead on mustering troops along the southern border in response to the intrigue and banditry of the Mexican Revolution. However, within a year, news of a German plot to infiltrate Mexico and annex Texas caused outrage, sweeping America in the European war on the side of Great Britain and France. Using rare photographs, archived letters, campus yearbooks, and vintage artifacts, When Bevo Hit the Line explored the role that Texas and the university community played in the First World War, preparing troops for battle, supporting war efforts, and memorializing the conflict in later years.