Heritage, Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1992 Page: 25
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Because the South Plains was one of the last areas in Texas to be settled, Crosby County experienced the problems of Indian conflicts, loneliness, and transitions
in occupations later than other parts of the state. The Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum pays homage to these stages of pioneering with the exhibit pictured
above. Below: The Ralls Historical Museum boasts a unique display of "undertaker's art" with memorabilia dating back to the 1920s, donated by a local funeral home.
Using county talent to complete everything
from writing the script and music,
designing costumes, babysitting, and construction
of the amphitheater, the project
grew into an entity of its own. In the drama,
the early years of Crosby County history
between 1872 and 1887 are highlighted
with a continuous thread of history provided
by a narrator. Now the Rio Blanco
Heritage Foundation is the producing agent
of the annual event, which is performed
the first two weekends in August. The
museum offers support by helping with
promotion and allowing the RBHF to use
Both CCPM and RHM have active
Boards of Trustees that meet regularly and
are seriously concerned with growth and
To underscore the importance of volunteer
help, the RHM Board has quarterly
work days during which members clean,
repair, or perform clerical work as needed.
Pauline Watkins was the director of the
RHM until the end of 1990 when she
retired. Her leadership and enthusiasm have
inspired the Trustees and the citizens to
take pride and a sincere interest in the
museum and the local history that it preserves.
She constantly looked for ways to
promote the museum and bring it into the
public eye by arranging quilt shows, antique
doll exhibits, displays of hats, and
many other events. The Prairie Thimble
Quilting Bee meets twice a month in the
parlor. Nothing has been beyond her
imagination. Because of her perseverance
and foresight the museum acquired artifacts
that probably would have been discarded
or given to other museums.
As examples, J. Edd McLaughlin was
president of Rotary International in 1961
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