Past Exhibits

La Cruz Blanca (The White Cross):
Leonor Villegas de Magnón

Soldadera de la Revolucion [Female Soldier of the Revolution], Nestor A. Valencia (Oil on Linen, 2010)
Soldadera de la Revolución
[Female Soldier of the Revolution]
Nestor A. Valencia (Oil on Linen, 2010)

Leonor Villegas de Magnón (1876–1955) founded La Cruz Blanca (The White Cross), a medical relief group, on March 17, 1913 to care for wounded soldiers serving in the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920).

Leonor and her brigade of nurses, doctors, and volunteers traveled with the Constitutionalist Army, providing aid to the wounded and dying after various battles. She became a personal friend of Venustiano Carranza, the Constitutionalist leader, who asked Leonor to create branches of the White Cross in each major city captured by his army, as well as brigades to travel with many of his generals. In May 1914, Carranza nationalized the organization, thereafter called La Cruz Blanca Nacional (The National White Cross).

Civil War-Era Surgical Kit in Original Wooden Box, Maker Unknown (c. 1850-1880)
Civil War-Era Surgical Kit
in Original Wooden Box
Maker Unknown (c. 1850-1880)

In addition to documents and photographs from the Leonor Villegas de Magnón Papers from the University of Houston Special Collections, the exhibit features fine art by noted Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera as well as artifacts from the Mexican Revolution. Loans from other museums, historical institutions, and private collections add depth, color, and perspective. The exhibit explores the little-known connections between Texas and Mexico during this period and the important roles that women played in the Mexican Revolution.

Come to The Bryan Museum and EXPLORE the Mexican Revolution, DISCOVER the heroic actions of women, and CONNECT with Texas and Mexican history.

On display: June 18, 2016 – January 23, 2017