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Breaking Ground

President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the ground breaking ceremony. President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the ground breaking ceremony.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Austin while campaigning, and also attended the ground breaking ceremony. He set off the dynamite to begin construction of the Texas Memorial Museum on June 11, 1936.

A steam shovel started excavation for the first of three proposed units during late 1936 and early 1937. Original plans called for wings extending north and south of the present-day building.