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.

Are you ready to saddle up for a great summer? PPHM is giving away four passes to the museum, TEXAS the Musical, and Sod...
04/24/2019

Are you ready to saddle up for a great summer? PPHM is giving away four passes to the museum, TEXAS the Musical, and Sod Poodle baseball. With four tickets to each attraction, you and your family can spend lots of quality time together. To enter, like this post, tag a friend or two who you would take to one of these events, and head over to our Instagram for additional entries. Winner will be announced Friday!

Tickets are still available for the FOSA Annual Meeting on May 4th with Bill Eiland. Eiland will offer an overview of co...
04/23/2019

Tickets are still available for the FOSA Annual Meeting on May 4th with Bill Eiland. Eiland will offer an overview of collecting as well as of collectors, those who are passionate omnivores and those who are assiduous researchers. His talk will include a presentation of notable works in public and private collections, with a special emphasis on the art of the South and Southwest. Drinks and appetizers will start at 6:00, followed by the annual business meeting at 6:30 and Eiland's talk at 7:00 pm.

For more information and tickets, visit https://www.panhandleplains.org/events/2017/fosa-annual-meeting4.

Our new Rococo exhibition is now up in the furniture gallery on the second floor. This exhibition pulls from the Lucille...
04/19/2019

Our new Rococo exhibition is now up in the furniture gallery on the second floor. This exhibition pulls from the Lucille Nance Jones collection and was the theme of last weekend's UnVeiled gala.

With only a month left of school, don't miss your opportunity to bring your class to PPHM. Students can explore Pioneer ...
04/17/2019

With only a month left of school, don't miss your opportunity to bring your class to PPHM. Students can explore Pioneer Town, take guided tours of our exhibits, or learn about different subjects through our trunk program. Head to https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/297 to learn more!

UnVeiled: Rococo 2019
04/16/2019

UnVeiled: Rococo 2019

04/15/2019

We have found a bracelet that fell off during Unveiled. If it belongs to you, please call 806-651-2245.

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04/14/2019

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The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum opened its doors to the public in on April 14, 1933. It all began in 1920, when a...
04/14/2019

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum opened its doors to the public in on April 14, 1933.

It all began in 1920, when an educator named Hattie Anderson moved to Canyon, Texas, to teach history at West Texas State Normal College. It was a hit with the public, who soon began donating artifacts to the museum from the area’s past in addition to their financial contributions. By early 1921, Anderson and L.F. Sheffy (the head of the college’s history department) joined seven other faculty members and around thirty students to organize the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society to collect and preserve the human and natural history of the region. Then, in 1929, the Great Depression hit. A painful new history was being written across the country. Undaunted, the historical society pressed on. They announced a capital campaign, and amazingly, the hard-working people of the Panhandle responded. From pennies to bricks, people gave whatever they could. No amount was too small.

Within a few years, the funds were in place, and construction of Pioneer Hall began in 1932. Finished in Texas limestone, the original 12,500 square-foot structure featured fine decorative stonework and, on its façade, carvings and bas reliefs depicting Western themes as well as Panhandle-Plains flora and fauna. More than 75 famous West Texas cattle brands surrounded the entrance. (The building’s unique Southwestern Art Deco architectural style eventually earned it a State Antiquities Landmark designation.)

Today, on the campus of what is now West Texas A&M University, the role of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society remains the same as it was in 1921. “It is the sacred duty of ours to collect the record of life here and hand this on to the children of the future,” visionary founder Hattie Anderson once said, “and we believe in the future our people will point with pride to their museum and the historical society."

04/14/2019

The live auction has started!

Don't forget that parking will be available at the First United Bank Center. There will be a shuttle that will bring gue...
04/13/2019

Don't forget that parking will be available at the First United Bank Center. There will be a shuttle that will bring guests to PPHM. See you tonight!

Parking for UnVeiled will be available at the First United Bank Center. A shuttle will run from the First United Bank Center continuously from 6:00 PM to 12PM.

For handicap or select sponsors (who were pre-notified), parking will be behind PPHM as indicated in yellow.

With UnVeiled: Rococo only being a day away, we want to send a friendly reminder to the public that the museum will be c...
04/12/2019

With UnVeiled: Rococo only being a day away, we want to send a friendly reminder to the public that the museum will be closed all day on Saturday, April 13th. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, April 16th.

The tent is up and tables are in! There will be heaters in every section, so don't let a little bit of weather stop you ...
04/11/2019

The tent is up and tables are in! There will be heaters in every section, so don't let a little bit of weather stop you from having a great night on Saturday. We are only a few days away, and the PPHM staff and Unveiled committee are working hard to ensure a great evening.

04/10/2019
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UnVeiled: Rococo is only a few days away, and we can't say thank you enough to our sponsors.

Buster Ratliff, PPHM Development Officer, wants to say a special thank you to all of our UnVeiled sponsors for exceeding expectations.

Parking for UnVeiled will be available at the First United Bank Center.  A shuttle will run from the First United Bank C...
04/09/2019

Parking for UnVeiled will be available at the First United Bank Center. A shuttle will run from the First United Bank Center continuously from 6:00 PM to 12PM.

For handicap or select sponsors (who were pre-notified), parking will be behind PPHM as indicated in yellow.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
04/08/2019

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

PPHM will be closed on Saturday, April 13th for UnVeiled: Rococo. We apologize for any inconvenience.

PPHM will be closed on Saturday, April 13th for UnVeiled: Rococo. We apologize for any inconvenience.
04/08/2019

PPHM will be closed on Saturday, April 13th for UnVeiled: Rococo. We apologize for any inconvenience.

It is a beautiful day for the Cattle, Cowboys, & Culture Walking Tour with Dr. Amy Von Lintel!
04/06/2019

It is a beautiful day for the Cattle, Cowboys, & Culture Walking Tour with Dr. Amy Von Lintel!

PPHM was recently awarded certification from the Texas Historical Commission’s Curatorial Facility Certification Progr...
04/03/2019

PPHM was recently awarded certification from the Texas Historical Commission’s Curatorial Facility Certification Program (CFCP). This is will be the first time PPHM has received this certification.
“We congratulate the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum on accomplishing this impressive achievement,” said Texas Historical Commission Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “This distinctive facility has now attained an even greater level of significance with this certification, and we hope it will continue to draw visitors from across Texas and beyond.”

We still have tickets available for April and May Cattle, Cowboys & Culture walking tours! Walking tours will start and ...
04/01/2019

We still have tickets available for April and May Cattle, Cowboys & Culture walking tours! Walking tours will start and end at Six Car Pub & Brewery with your first drink included in your ticket at the end of the tour and go from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Saturday, April 6th still has 7 tickets available, and Saturday, May 18th has 11 tickets available. Don't miss your chance to hear about the connections between Amarillo and Kansas City and how both towns thrived in the cattle industries with a little murder and mayhem thrown in from Dr. Amy Von Lintel. Tickets are available at panhandleplains.org under the event tab.

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04/01/2019

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Junior theatre performance major Cheyenne Haynes(right) shows off the dress she made for "A Flea in Her Ear" as part of ...
03/29/2019

Junior theatre performance major Cheyenne Haynes(right) shows off the dress she made for "A Flea in Her Ear" as part of PPHM's exhibit "From Page to Storage to Stage".

03/28/2019
Buster Ratliff UnVeiled

Buster Ratliff, PPHM Development Officer, wants to say a special thank you to all of our UnVeiled sponsors for exceeding expectations.

On March 25, 1914, the explosion of a workman's torch set off a fire that quickly destroyed the Administration Building,...
03/25/2019

On March 25, 1914, the explosion of a workman's torch set off a fire that quickly destroyed the Administration Building, the only classroom, laboratory, library and office structure on campus. In an emotional address to faculty, students and townspeople later that day, President Cousins spoke of the disaster as a "temporary inconvenience" and declared that great institutions do not burn. "If West Texas State is nothing more than brick and mortar," he said, "it ought to die." Those in attendance leaped to their feet and pledged support for the school. While classes continued in churches, courthouses, vacant buildings and hastily erected "shacks" on campus, workers cleared away the rubble and architects began designing a replacement structure. WT rose from its own ashes, with a burning desire and quest for knowledge that symbolically lives on today known as The Eternal Flame.

Join PPHM and CSAW  for “Red Dead Rouge,” a panel discussion about women’s roles in the Old West, with emphasis on...
03/22/2019

Join PPHM and CSAW for “Red Dead Rouge,” a panel discussion about women’s roles in the Old West, with emphasis on the portrayal of these roles in the video game Red Dead Redemption II on Thursday, March 28 from 7-9 pm. From Sacagawea to Frenchie McCormick, women have played an important role in the work, identity, and expansion of the American west. Panelists include Dr. Amy Von Lintel, Dr. Jean Stuntz, Dr. Alex Hunt, and AJ McCormick. This discussion is free and open to the public.

"From Page to Storage to Stage" opens March 29th! Have you gone to  to get your tickets, yet? http://ow.ly/yBkz30o8svj
03/21/2019

"From Page to Storage to Stage" opens March 29th! Have you gone to to get your tickets, yet? http://ow.ly/yBkz30o8svj

Join the Center for the Study of the American West as Dr. Deborah Liles shares the story of Oliver Loving. This lecture ...
03/18/2019

Join the Center for the Study of the American West as Dr. Deborah Liles shares the story of Oliver Loving. This lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at 7:00 pm on March 19th in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall on the second floor of PPHM.

"People trust museums. This level of trust is not to be taken lightly, and it’s a testament to organizations that stan...
03/12/2019
In Museums We Trust. Here's How Much (DATA UPDATE) - Colleen Dilenschneider

"People trust museums. This level of trust is not to be taken lightly, and it’s a testament to organizations that stand by their missions to educate and inspire audiences. It may also be argued that museums are trusted because they employ and/or consult topic experts and thus provide credible content."

PPHM strives to provide credible and factual information about the Panhandle-Plains region and its history. Read more in the article below to find out how museums are using their mission to spread awareness.

What role do museums play in today’s world of mixed messages and “alternative facts?” A pretty big and important one, according to research. We last shared data on how much people trust museums about two years ago. At that time,Read More ›

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03/12/2019

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Don't let a few clouds ruin a week off school! PPHM is open until 5:00 pm today, so come in and make this Spring Break s...
03/11/2019

Don't let a few clouds ruin a week off school! PPHM is open until 5:00 pm today, so come in and make this Spring Break special.

Have you had a chance to check out some of our new tees in the PPHM Store?
03/07/2019

Have you had a chance to check out some of our new tees in the PPHM Store?

183 years ago (1836), on this day was the last day of the Battle of the Alamo. Lieutenant Colonel William Travis and Col...
03/06/2019

183 years ago (1836), on this day was the last day of the Battle of the Alamo. Lieutenant Colonel William Travis and Colonel James Bowie led 189 soldiers to fight President Santa Anna’s army of over 2,000 for independence from Mexico. Texas managed to eliminate about 1,000 of Santa Anna’s men, however, Texas was outnumbered and would lose the battle. Though the battle was lost, a future victory would be won with shouts of “Remember the Alamo!,” a phrase that continues to live on today. (Photo by tshaonline.org)

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03/05/2019

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Don't forget to join the Center for the Study of the American West for their opening of "Red Dead University" in PPHM's ...
03/05/2019

Don't forget to join the Center for the Study of the American West for their opening of "Red Dead University" in PPHM's Alexander Gallery tonight at 7:00 pm. “What watching westerns at the movies or on TV was to one generation, Red Dead Redemption II is to the upcoming generation,” said CSAW director Alex Hunt. “This game not only relates to popular understanding of western history and mythology, it also has the potential to reshape our understanding of the American West.”

Happy Texas Independence Day! Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Inde...
03/02/2019

Happy Texas Independence Day! Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 delegates, settlers officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.

On this day in 1836 Texas declares its independence.

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/treasures/republic/declare-01.html

We have a great crowd tonight for Crafts and Drafts 2019!
03/02/2019

We have a great crowd tonight for Crafts and Drafts 2019!

Thanks Chip and PBS for sharing about Crafts & Drafts and Red Dead University. There’s a lot to do in the Panhandle so...
02/28/2019
Panhandle PBS

Thanks Chip and PBS for sharing about Crafts & Drafts and Red Dead University. There’s a lot to do in the Panhandle so we hope you’ll join us!

Check out The 10 to see what you CAN'T MISS in the next 10 days!

Don't forget to get your tickets ahead of time for Crafts and Drafts this Friday! Thursday is the last day to buy ticket...
02/26/2019
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Don't forget to get your tickets ahead of time for Crafts and Drafts this Friday! Thursday is the last day to buy tickets ahead of time, and you won't want to miss this event full of beer, crafts and good food.

“Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture” is now open! Come in to view the shared heritage of Amarillo and Kansas City.
02/25/2019

“Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture” is now open! Come in to view the shared heritage of Amarillo and Kansas City.

02/23/2019
Opening of "Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture"

Michael Grauer talked about the history of "Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture" between the Texas Panhandle and Kansas at the opening of the exhibit. He described the inspiration behind the exhibit and the process to make it happen.

02/23/2019

Michael Grauer makes remarks at exhibit opening.

We are excited to open "Cattle, Cowboys & Culture" to our members this evening.
02/23/2019

We are excited to open "Cattle, Cowboys & Culture" to our members this evening.

Looking for things to do over the next two weekends? Don't miss these exciting things happening all over Canyon and Amar...
02/21/2019
The 10: The 10 things you can't miss between Feb. 21 and March 2

Looking for things to do over the next two weekends? Don't miss these exciting things happening all over Canyon and Amarillo, including the opening of "Cowboys, Cattle & Culture" and Crafts and Drafts right here at PPHM.

Here's a quick take on your 10 best entertainment bets in the next 10 days.

"I think this is kind of an untold story. It's a unique one that people don't necessarily connect us to," said PPHM comm...
02/20/2019
Panhandle Spirit: Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture

"I think this is kind of an untold story. It's a unique one that people don't necessarily connect us to," said PPHM communications director, Stephanie Price. Here's a sneak peek into "Cattle, Cowboys & Culture", opening this weekend in the Harrington Gallery on the first floor.
https://abc7amarillo.com/news/panhandle-spirit/panhandle-spirit-cattle-cowboys-and-culture

There's a new exhibit being unveiled this week at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. The sub-title is 'Building an Urban West', and it reveals a connection, which many might not realize ever existed, that shaped Amarillo's future. "I think this is kind of an untold story. It's a unique one that...

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