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assassination in its historical context.
Special exhibits and audiovisual presentations
examine the social climate of the
early 1960s, President Kennedy's life and
career, the political reasons behind his
trip to Texas, and the enduring effects
and controversy of his death on
American culture. Artifacts include the
Zapruder camera, the FBI model of
Dealey Plaza used by the Warren
Commission, and personal items from
the Kennedy years.
411 Elm at Houston Streets in downtown
Dallas, (214) 747-6660 or
(888) 485-4854; www.jfk.org
THE RED RIVER VALLEY MUSEUM
Many visitors to the small town of
Vernon are surprised to find a museum
that offers famous sculpture, western history,
a Remington original, and a C.M.
Russell painting that has never been on
exhibit. But it is hard work, belt-tightening
financial savvy, and creative problem
solving that have helped the Red River
Valley Museum achieve success.
With something for everyone, the
museum has an outstanding collection of
Indian artifacts, fine arts, cowboy relics,
and exotic wild animals. From humble
beginnings, the museum has grown to a
facility that houses pre-Columbian artifacts
as well as pieces from the Waggoner
Ranch that depict the history of ranching
in North Texas and the largest collection
of the art of Electra Waggoner Biggs,
an internationally renowned sculptor.
4600 College Drive, (940) 553-1848;
AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE
HERITAGE CENTER & MUSEUM
When asked to identify "America's
fastest athlete" many might respond with
the name of an accomplished runner or
sprinter. But according to the folks at the
American Quarter Horse Heritage
Center & Museum in Amarillo, the quarter
horse gets that designation.
In fact, it is that animal that is the sole
focus of this world-class facility. The latest
technology, including laser discs and
state-of-the-art sound systems, are all
part of the experience as guests learn
about the development and history of the
American Quarter Horse. The
Performance Gallery includes the
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, a
special area dedicated to the people and
horses that have helped make the
American Quarter Horse the most popular
breed in the world.
For the historical perspective, visit the
museum's Heritage Gallery. Chronologically
arranged exhibits trace the development
of the American Quarter Horse
from colonial racing days to the present.
2601 Interstate 40 East (1-40 East at
Quarter Horse Drive), (806) 376-5181;
www. imh. org/imh/qhm/qhhome .html
The Panhandle-Plains Historical
Museum is the largest history museum in
the state of Texas. Established in 1933,
the museum is dedicated to the hardy settlers
of Northwest Texas and to the
preservation of that heritage.
Visitors to the museum will see a real
cable tool drilling rig, a working pump
jack, and a 1930's filling station (compete
with hand-operated gas pump and
Model-T Ford). They can also explore
the history of the Texas Panhandle in the
paleontology and geology area or visit the
special exhibits area (lower level) where
artifacts illustrate the exploration and
development of the region.
August 25 is the grand opening of the
newly-renovated Pioneer Hall and the
imaginative new exhibit People of the
Plains: Experiments in Living, telling the
story of 14,000 years of human occupation
of the southern Great Plains.
Located on the campus of West Texas
A&M University at 2503 Fourth Avenue,
CROSBY CO. PIONEER
Crosby County Pioneer Memorial
Museum is a big name for a small but
dynamic museum that is worth a stop.
Nestled in the center of Crosbyton, this
museum serves as a community center as
well as home for almost 35,000 artifacts.
On any given day one might find tumblers
perfecting their gymnastics routines
in the auditorium, a Lions Club meeting,
and guests touring the museum exhibits.
Such is the charm of a small-town operation,
but don't be fooled by size.
In addition to the impressive Wayne J.
Parker collection of Native American
artifacts, the museum showcases the
Llano Estacado mural, a breathtaking
diorama of Blanco Canyon, and a halfdugout
reproduction- all of which help
tell the story of peoples who made the
Llano Estacado their home for more than
700 years. From Coronado's 1541 trek
through Blanco Canyon to the supply
camp of Ranald S. Mackenzie, from the
settlement of the county to the development
of its industries, the stories are
compelling and interesting.
101 West Main Street, (806)
In a state where ranches can be quite
large, the XIT was the biggest of the big
ranches. In fact, the XIT ranch in the
1880s was the largest range in the world
under one fence. It covered portions of
ten counties, which apparently perpetuated
the erroneous notion that the brand
- XIT - stood for "Ten in Texas." The brand,
in fact, was originated to thwart rustlers.
In 1895, the first cattle, long of leg and
long of horn, rolled onto the XIT. Once
the ranch ran 150,000 cattle. Today visitors
to the XIT museum, which opened
in 1975, can see several period rooms,
exhibits on ranching and farming, and an
extensive photographic and document
archives covering the history of Dallam
and Hartley counties.
108 E. Fifth Street, (806) 244-5390
HERITAGE E SUMMER 2001
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