What does it mean to be a Texan?

For more than 50 years, the Institute of Texan Cultures has sought to define what ‘Texan’ means by giving voice to the experiences of people from across the globe who call Texas home by providing insight into their past, present and future and showcasing the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures that comprise Texas.

UTSA has been entrusted to steward the ITC since 1973, five years after it opened as the Texas State Exhibits Pavilion for the 1968 World’s Fair — Hemisfair ’68. We have been honored to serve in this important role and are proud of the impact the ITC has had in our state and city, too. For more than 300 years, San Antonio has evoked the unique legacy of Texas and the indomitable spirit of Texans. The Institute of Texan Cultures is a special part of the fabric of San Antonio — and who we are as San Antonians.

For these reasons and so many more, we value the ITC and its mission, and we are committed to ensuring the ITC thrives for the next 50 years and beyond.

In 2021, UTSA is embarking on a robust community engagement process to envision the next 50 years of the ITC and its museum, the only resources in Texas devoted entirely to the state’s rich, diverse history. The ITC Centennial 2068: Community Stakeholder Visioning initiative seeks to provide current and future generations with a greater awareness of and appreciation for Texas’ unique cultural heritage by expanding the institute’s research and storytelling through new programming, greater use of technology, and the exploration of topics at the intersection of culture and current events.

Through this initiative, the Institute of Texan Cultures will deepen and broaden its engagement with our communities as an exemplary cultural heritage institution — one that informs our future and inclusively tells the story of our past — and will continue to define for future generations what it means to be a Texan.

The Institute of Texan Cultures and its museum are irreplaceable centers of knowledge and discovery that uniquely share the story of Texas’ cultural history and diversity. Our goal is to ensure that the ITC continues to thrive, is self-sustaining, and delivers robust programs that capture the interest and imagination of Texans of all ages.

Taylor Eighmy, UTSA president