Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Texas' Largest History Museum
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Where else can you cover 26,000 square miles in a day on foot? From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you'll find it all in Texas' largest history museum. Relive the stories of courage and hardship, victory and defeat over the past 14,000 years. Step in and step back to the Old West in a life-size Pioneer Town, view one of the Southwest's finest art collections, experience the exciting history of the petroleum industry, and more.

Mission: PPHM Mission To collect, preserve, conserve, exhibit and interpret the historical, ethnological, cultural and scientific heritage of the Panhandle-Plains region of Texas and related areas of the Southwest; to operate and maintain the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Texas A&M University Board of Regents; to enlist interest and support in achieving this mission; and to undertake other related activities.

"By the time the Goodnights began their bison conservation efforts, Charles Goodnight had already etched his name in the...
01/12/2019
Mary Ann Goodnight: The Texas Woman Who Saved Buffalo From Extinction

"By the time the Goodnights began their bison conservation efforts, Charles Goodnight had already etched his name in the book of Texas legends. Along with fellow cattle driver Oliver Loving, Goodnight carved out the the Goodnight-Loving Trail, which was used in several arduous cattle drives in the 1860s. Goodnight and Loving's travels would later inspire Larry McMurtry's masterpiece novel "Lonesome Dove."". Find out more about Mary, Charles and the buffalo here or in Pioneer Hall!

Buffalo were once disappearing in record numbers, but the kind efforts of one Texas woman helped them return from the verge of extinction.

Don't let the post holiday stress get you down. Look at #5 on the list! Canyon is described as "Perfect for a quiet week...
01/11/2019
13 Charming Texas Towns to Escape the Stress of Everyday Life

Don't let the post holiday stress get you down. Look at #5 on the list! Canyon is described as "Perfect for a quiet weekend away, wander through the specialty shops and charming buildings that line the Historic Downtown Square."

These small towns are the heart and soul of true Texas.

01/10/2019
Emily Staff Favorite

Emily Quinn, Interim Curator of Art, talks about her favorite artifact in the museum. "Parlor Scene" by Giovanni Battista Filosa (1850-1935) is a watercolor on paper and came from the Lucille Nance Jones Collection.

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01/09/2019

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We want to assure the public that we are not at risk of closing our doors. We have seen a reduction in funding over the ...
01/09/2019
Plight at the Museum

We want to assure the public that we are not at risk of closing our doors. We have seen a reduction in funding over the last several legislative sessions and there is a possibility that will happen again.

But, the staff is executing a well- crafted plan to ensure the museum is here and sustainable for future generations. And we would like to thank all of our current supporters, volunteers and board.

How you can support us is by becoming a donor or member. Your admission supports all of our important public programming and the increasing costs of caring for our one of a kind collection. All information to support us can be found here: http://www.panhandleplains.org/p/272

The best Texas history museum you’ve never heard of is staring down a financial crisis. Will it survive?

Untitled [Kiowa Courting Scene], 1970Lee Monette Tsa-Toke[Tsa To Kee, Hunting Horse] (1929-ca. 1971), KiowaOpaque waterc...
01/09/2019

Untitled [Kiowa Courting Scene], 1970
Lee Monette Tsa-Toke
[Tsa To Kee, Hunting Horse] (1929-ca. 1971), Kiowa
Opaque watercolor on wallpaper mounted on Masonite
Gift of Frank Killins and Ruth Sidders

Son of Five Kiowas painter Monroe Tsa-Toke, Lee established his own career following studies at the Riverside Indian School at Anadarko, Oklahoma. This image is a fragment from a larger mural painted directly on the wall of a home in Shattuck, Oklahoma, where Lee Tsa-Toke was ilving at the time. The Kiowa name "Tsa To Kee" means Hunting Horse.

See this piece and more in "Native Lifeways of the Plains" in the Mary E. Bivins Gallery.

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)"Red Landscape" (1917)While in Canyon, O'Keeffe spent her free time painting and drawing Pal...
01/08/2019

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
"Red Landscape" (1917)
While in Canyon, O'Keeffe spent her free time painting and drawing Palo Duro Canyon, the flatness of the plains, and the great dome of the sky. Experts on the artist consider her time in Canyon essential to her becoming one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. O'Keeffe herself acknowledged the Texas Plains as her spiritual home.
Only four oil paintings resulted from O'Keeffe's time in Canyon, including "Red Landscape". The Museum is fortunate to have such an extremely rare example of O'Keeffe's work on the Texas Plains. "Red Landscape" can also be experienced through the Nancy Josserand "Art for Everyone" 3D relief of the painting.

"Pop Culture" is going down, and three new exhibits will go up in its place. See what we have planned for you here:
01/07/2019
Heart of the High Plains: A Change of Exhibits

"Pop Culture" is going down, and three new exhibits will go up in its place. See what we have planned for you here:

Thousands of visitors stop by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum every year to learn about history and traditions. 

Happy #NationalTriviaDay! Did you know that the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society was founded by Hattie Anderson in 19...
01/04/2019

Happy #NationalTriviaDay! Did you know that the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society was founded by Hattie Anderson in 1921 along with 8 other professors and about 30 students from West Texas State Normal College?

"Museums make tangible the beauty of wonder and discovery. Museums are places to encounter things you know nothing about...
01/03/2019
Why you should take your little kids to a museum

"Museums make tangible the beauty of wonder and discovery. Museums are places to encounter things you know nothing about, to ask questions, find answers, and see in new ways.
So don’t be intimidated—bring your little ones to a museum. Not just a children’s museum, but a history museum, a science museum, an art museum."

Last month I had the opportunity to walk through the Freer and Sackler Galleries with my three-year-old daughter. Passing by on our way to an event for her school, a glimmer of silver caught her eye.

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01/02/2019

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Show this coupon from now until January 8 to get a child in for free with the purchase of two adult tickets! Don't miss ...
01/02/2019

Show this coupon from now until January 8 to get a child in for free with the purchase of two adult tickets! Don't miss this opportunity to take the kids in before school starts back up with this deal.

We will be closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, but our Holiday Special is still going on. Buy two adult tickets, g...
12/31/2018

We will be closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, but our Holiday Special is still going on. Buy two adult tickets, get a child in for free. See you on January 2!

Happy #FlashbackFriday! We want to thank everyone who has come to the museum over the past year for visits, programs and...
12/28/2018

Happy #FlashbackFriday! We want to thank everyone who has come to the museum over the past year for visits, programs and exhibits. Over we saw over 55,000 visitors from September 2017 - August 2018, 44 tour groups from across the United States, and over 10,000 attend programs hosted throughout the year.

Do you have kids at home that need somewhere to go? Our holiday special is still going on until January 8! Buy two adult...
12/27/2018

Do you have kids at home that need somewhere to go? Our holiday special is still going on until January 8! Buy two adult tickets and get a child in for free.

"A Day in the Life" is the first exhibition we will say goodbye to from "Pop Culture". Don't miss your last chance to se...
12/26/2018

"A Day in the Life" is the first exhibition we will say goodbye to from "Pop Culture". Don't miss your last chance to see the other three before they are gone!

Merry Christmas from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Staff!
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Staff!

The Night Before Christmas, published by M.A. Donohue & Co. The company was based out of Chicago in the early 1900s and ...
12/24/2018

The Night Before Christmas, published by M.A. Donohue & Co. The company was based out of Chicago in the early 1900s and focused on publishing inexpensive editions of popular works of fiction. The book was donated by Mrs. Libby Read to the collection in 1995.
"A Visit from St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. Some commentators now believe the poem was written by Henry Livingston Jr..
The poem has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American" and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving. Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas had varied considerably about Saint Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors. "A Visit from St. Nicholas" eventually was set to music and has been recorded by many artists.

We will be closed Sunday, December 23 though Tuesday, December 25 then reopen from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Decem...
12/21/2018

We will be closed Sunday, December 23 though Tuesday, December 25 then reopen from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 26. Happy holidays!

The holidays are here, so take advantage of this special offer from the PPHM Store!
12/20/2018

The holidays are here, so take advantage of this special offer from the PPHM Store!

20% off your Museum Store purchase now through Saturday!

"All popular culture reflects the time it is created in. Great popular culture helps change the time it lives in." -Paul...
12/19/2018

"All popular culture reflects the time it is created in. Great popular culture helps change the time it lives in." -Paul Levitz
As 2018 is coming to an end, so will our Year of Pop Culture. How has Pop Culture impacted you, and how will it impact our future?

"These unique retail spaces help educate visitors, build the museum's brand, and work to highlight - and sometimes even ...
12/18/2018
PPHM Store

"These unique retail spaces help educate visitors, build the museum's brand, and work to highlight - and sometimes even influence - the aspects of art the institution views as important...Though there are skeptics of the effect’s strength, even they admit that repeatedly seeing an artwork (if it isn’t truly terrible) is one factor that can influence our perception of what counts as Great Art." Check out more about museum stores in the article below, then stop by the PPHM Store for some last minute gifts!

Interesting article on museum stores. Our goal is to provide our visitors the opportunity to take a piece of PPHM home with them. "These unique retail spaces help educate visitors, build the museum's brand, and work to highlight - and sometimes even influence - the aspects of art the institution views as important...Though there are skeptics of the effect’s strength, even they admit that repeatedly seeing an artwork (if it isn’t truly terrible) is one factor that can influence our perception of what counts as Great Art."

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11/7/18072114/museum-gift-shops-art-money

Bring the kids in during the holiday break with this special! December 21 - January 8, buy two adult tickets and get a c...
12/17/2018

Bring the kids in during the holiday break with this special! December 21 - January 8, buy two adult tickets and get a child in for free. Happy holidays!

“WT has taught me how to stand on my own and become a man,” Roderick Hatcher said. “You can’t graduate if you do...
12/15/2018
West Texas A&M University: Jon Mark Beilue: Finding Canyon on a Map

“WT has taught me how to stand on my own and become a man,” Roderick Hatcher said. “You can’t graduate if you don’t know what you stand for and what you believe in. WT does a great job in nurturing that.” Read more on front desk worker and Michigan native Roderick here:
http://wtamu.edu/news/finding-canyon-on-a-map.aspx

Here he was, a graduating high school senior at Plymouth Christian Academy outside the greater Detroit city of Romulus, Mich., trying to find out where exactly Canyon, Texas was, searching on Google as to what WTAMU was all about, and then finding himself alone on a plane to Texas to college.

See what we are offering for our 12 Days of Giftmas in the PPHM Store! Find gifts for everyone, including yourself. 🎁...
12/14/2018

See what we are offering for our 12 Days of Giftmas in the PPHM Store! Find gifts for everyone, including yourself. 🎁 Follow their Facebook and Instagram pages for deals on last minute gifts.

H.D. Bugbee (1900-1963)“Christmas on the Range”, 1948“Christmas Party”, 1948“Miss Molly Was Home”, 1948Ink o...
12/13/2018

H.D. Bugbee (1900-1963)
“Christmas on the Range”, 1948
“Christmas Party”, 1948
“Miss Molly Was Home”, 1948
Ink on Paper
Panhandle artist Harold Dow Bugbee drew the three scenes for the Shamrock Oil and Gas Company. “Christmas on the Range” was a cowboy celebrating the holiday alone is a distinct contrast to “Christmas Party” that depicts a scene outside a ranch house where a celebration is taking place. The third drawing show Mary Ann “Molly” Goodnight and her husband Charles celebrating Christmas with friends. Shamrock later reproduced all three drawings as Christmas gifts to everyone on “The Shamrock” mailing list.

Pop Art at the Cerulean Gallery is open until December 19th! Don't miss your chance to support local artists. Cerulean G...
12/11/2018

Pop Art at the Cerulean Gallery is open until December 19th! Don't miss your chance to support local artists. Cerulean Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 am – 3 pm, and Saturday by appointment only.

Do you have a pickle on your tree? Here's the story behind this odd tradition. Drop by the Museum Store to get one for y...
12/07/2018

Do you have a pickle on your tree? Here's the story behind this odd tradition. Drop by the Museum Store to get one for your tree!🎄 http://ow.ly/Wok530mTbmF 📷: @pphmstore

Don't forget: We will have yoga in the Derrick Room on Saturday, December 15th! Come and relax before the holidays with ...
12/06/2018

Don't forget: We will have yoga in the Derrick Room on Saturday, December 15th! Come and relax before the holidays with yoga for all levels. Check in at the front desk to participate.

Downtown Terrell unveiled a 96-foot mural of Frank Reaugh's "The Approaching Herd" on November 17th. Reaugh was a Terrel...
12/04/2018
Historic Downtown Terrell Unveils Giant 96-Foot Mural - Blue Ribbon News

Downtown Terrell unveiled a 96-foot mural of Frank Reaugh's "The Approaching Herd" on November 17th. Reaugh was a Terrell native and is buried there with his family. “These Longhorn Texas cattle depicted were beautiful animals but were very wild. Many of them had never seen a man on foot before. People walking were sometimes treed by them. It would have happened oftener if there had been more trees.” - Frank Reaugh, "Paintings of the Southwest", 1937.

"The Approaching Herd" painting can be found in PPHM's Reaugh Gallery on the second floor.

(TERRELL, TX — November 13, 2018) This larger-than-life, faithful reproduction of the Frank Reaugh painting “The Approaching Herd” is the latest mural to adorn the vintage buildings in Historic Downtown Terrell. The mural is located at 227 N. Adelaide, and was painted by Texas artist Charlie B...

Pop Culture will start to go down this week, so don't miss your chance to see these amazing exhibitions before they are ...
12/04/2018

Pop Culture will start to go down this week, so don't miss your chance to see these amazing exhibitions before they are gone!

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PPHM would like to recognize and send our condolences to the Bush family on the passing of President George HW. Bush was...
12/02/2018

PPHM would like to recognize and send our condolences to the Bush family on the passing of President George HW.

Bush was inaugurated in 1989, and had a number of historic moments during his term, including the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the first Gulf War in 1990, and the invasion of Panama to overthrow the regime of General Manuel Noriega. We pay homage to his presidency in our latest exhibition with loans from a library bearing his name.

12/01/2018

Christmas Open House Day 1!

Twas the weekend of Christmas Open Housewhen all through the museum,all the artifacts were excitedthat you are coming to...
11/30/2018

Twas the weekend of Christmas Open House
when all through the museum,
all the artifacts were excited
that you are coming to see them.

The cookies are baked and
the choirs are readily,
preparing the songs for
tonight’s choral medley.

Santa’s come down and
the storytellers predict
the doors will open soon,
we’ll see you at six!

Our beautiful, new Christmas tree is up in Pioneer Hall and ready for family photos tonight and tomorrow at Christmas Op...
11/30/2018

Our beautiful, new Christmas tree is up in Pioneer Hall and ready for family photos tonight and tomorrow at Christmas Open House.

We would like to thank our 14 generous donors who made this possible. Thank you for helping us spread Christmas cheer!

11/28/2018
Thank You

Giving Tuesday raised $1,875 in donations for PPHM. Today, we want to say thank you.

The choirs are warming up, Santa is on his way and the crafts are ready! Christmas Open House is this Friday from 6:00 -...
11/26/2018

The choirs are warming up, Santa is on his way and the crafts are ready! Christmas Open House is this Friday from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Who's ready?

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Happy Small Business Saturday! Be sure to stop by the Museum Store for deals on all your favorite items and a chance to ...
11/24/2018

Happy Small Business Saturday! Be sure to stop by the Museum Store for deals on all your favorite items and a chance to win a PPHM Gift Basket.

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