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PPHM Exhibits and Events


Bivins Gallery
Continuing through September 2014. 

Since its inception in 1921, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society has preserved American Indian material cultural artifacts and art objects. While numerous donors added to the Society's Native American collection over the previous eighty-two years, Susan J. Allen deserves special recognition in light of both the sheer numbers of objects she gave and their overall high quality. Through the efforts of Harold D. Bugbee--whom she met at Taos--Susan Janney Allen of Haverford, Pennsylvania, gave her American Indian collection in memory of her parents, Samuel L. and Sarah H. Allen of Philadelphia. In 1934, Allen decided to lend some of her collection for exhibition at the Museum writing to Harold Bugbee in April: "[I] feel quite sure you can make a very attractive and worthwhile display, that will appeal to the average visitor, and also be of educational value, too." Later that year Allen began donating her collection to the Society, and after subsequent gifts, by 1941 the Susan J. Allen Collection came to number over 2,000 objects. This includes some 250 of the finest baskets in the Society's collection (and in any public collection in the United States), beadwork, pottery, paintings, silver, and katsina dolls.


Textiles Gallery
February 1, 2014 through January 10, 2015

 Fashion is dictated not only by the time and place in which one lives, but on the events that one attends. High Fashion on the High Plains uses the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society’s permanent clothing and textile collection to explore the fashions that were worn during different periods in particular settings over the last two centuries. 

The clothing on exhibit demonstrates a variety of silhouettes, fabrics, trims and designs, all of which combine to give a sense of fashion at that time. In addition to displaying the styles indicative of high fashion, clothing created under noted designer labels like Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Dior and Chanel will be exhibited.



Harrington Gallery
March 1, 2014 – August 2, 2014

As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s “Women of the West” series of five exhibitions that will celebrate women of the west through art, artifacts and stories of the past, Gems of the Plains will showcase the vital roles women have played in the settlement and ongoing development of the Panhandle-Plains region and the larger American West. Women faced many challenges as they moved to a wild territory, changed the homes and lifestyles they had known for so long, or fought to change their own lives with the times that moved upon them. Women of the West necessarily stand out from the stereotypical feminine figure in many ways. While they did not always take center stage, as this exhibition will show, women of the west often were and still are the driving force behind much of what drove/drives the West and the Panhandle-Plains region forward.


Foran Art Gallery
April 12, 2014 - August 30, 2014

Traditionally women have been depicted as passive observers or merely passengers in the settlement of the American West. Some artists chose to portray Western women in the guise of a “Madonna” figure, based on Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary. Others described women in the West as beautiful objects to be admired, with no true role to play except to stand in the doorway or by the corral gate watching their men ride away. As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s “Women of the West” series of five exhibitions that will celebrate women of the west through art, artifacts and stories of the past, “Madonnas of the Prairie” will examine these type depictions juxtaposed with images of Western women as protagonists: riding horses, herding cattle, shooting guns, even dragging the wounded to safety under fire. Using the PPHM permanent collection as the foundation, the exhibition will draw on public and private collections to flesh out the offerings of painters and sculptors across the spectrum. Artists represented will include Beulah Schiller Ayars, H. D. Bugbee, W. Herbert Dunton, Ben Carlton Mead, Gerald Cassidy, W. H. D. Koerner, Remington Schuyler, Gina Knee, Herbert Morton Stoops, Margaret Wright Tupper, Olin Travis, Jerry Bywaters, and others. This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


H.D. Bugbee Gallery
Saturday Mar 1, 2014 – February 7, 2015

Vandruff worked in several media, including pastel, watercolor, casein, and oil.  The works of art presented in this exhibition are a testament to her skills with different subjects and in different media.  The entire exhibition is drawn from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s permanent collection.

Wednesday April 16th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Forensic Sculptor Amanda Danning will be presenting a program on “Sam”, whose 10,000 plus year old remains, along with those of a juvenile girl, were found in an sediment-filled shelter along the Brazos River in Central Texas. Danning was commissioned to do the facial reconstruction on the male skull excavated with collaboration from Dr. Doug Owsley, head of the physical anthropology department of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. It was determined that “Sam” did not resemble any of the Native Americans known to have resided in North America. Join PPHM for a fascinating look at Danning’s methodology of forensic sculpting, and learn how history can be Written in Bone. This event is free to WT Staff and Students, and $5 for all other museum guests and light refreshments will be served. Contact Amy Mitchell at amitchell@pphm.wtamu.edu or 806-651-2242 for reservations.This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


April 25, 2014 6:00pm
This celebration will showcase the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s series of exhibitions on the Women of the West. Curators of the American Indian Artifacts from the Susan J. Allen Collection, High Fashion on the High Plains, Gems of the Plains, “Girls of the Golden West” and Madonna’s of the Prairie exhibitions will be at each exhibition to discuss unique stories, artifacts and art. An hors d’oeuvres reception and entertainment will be hosted on the first floor for guests.  This celebration reception will be free to members and WTAMU faculty, staff and students, non-members will be charged $10 at the door. Contact Stephanie Price at sprice@pphm.wtamu.edu or 806-651-2235 for reservations.


Hazlewood Lecture Hall
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Friends of Southwestern Art (FOSA) Luncheon is slated for Saturday, May 4 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall at PPHM.

Saturday, May 17th
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join PPHM in celebrating Women in the West and the women in your life at High Plains High Tea. Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts, and come early to view the new exhibits “Gems of the Plains: Women of the West” and “Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West”. Then join us at 11 a.m. for a traditional Victorian Tea! Our exciting menu will include finger sandwiches, scones, sweets, and of course a variety of teas. While savoring these treats guests will enjoy a light-hearted talk on the history of the Victorian Tea. Come dressed in your favorite dress and hat, and celebrate the trailblazing spirit of the Western Woman. Tickets for this event are $10 for Members and WT Staff and Students, and $15 for non-members.


June 6, 2014

Always a favorite for PPHM visitors! Come to the museum and see what springs to life in the dark as you tour the museum with your flashlight! Charge is $10 for adults and museum members, $5 for children ages 4-12, under 4 are free.


June 9th – August 22nd Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2-4pm

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning on June 9th, an education staff member will be available in People of the Plains, Art and Paleontology/Geology to discuss a different topic each week. People of the Plains will be the featured exhibit on Monday, Art on Wednesday and Paleontology/Geology on Friday. Programs will last about 15 minutes and staff will be in the galleries from 2-4 pm.  Visitors will have the opportunity to complete an activity or craft to take home too! Programs are free with paid museum admission and reservations aren’t required.

June 19, 10am-4pm

Girl Scouts of the Texas Oklahoma Plains Council in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in a Women of the West Patch Day. Scouts will participate in activities including discussions on women’s marketing, historic women who helped settle the west, have a conversation with a modern woman of the west about role models, and participate in an art inspired storytelling activity. This program is free to all members of the Texas Oklahoma Plains Council, grades 6-8. Lunch is included. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Amy Mitchell at 806.651.2242.

July 19, 10am-12pm

Looking for a fun activity for your little fashionistas this summer? Join PPHM Education staff for “Fashion Passion” where we will make paper dresses inspired by those in our current textile exhibit, “High Fashion on the High Plains.” Instead of princess dresses, let your child’s creative juices flow as each designs her or his own dress or vest based on historic examples using a variety of art materials. This exciting program where fun, fashion, and history collide is free with museum admission.


August 2014

Explore in-depth the evolution and appreciation of art throughout the State of Texas and the Southwest. Led by PPHM’s Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Art and Western Heritage Michael R. Grauer and guest scholars, these university-level seminars are designed to delve into the cause, influence, and effect of the artistic developments world-wide and in the American Southwest. For cost and information please contact Amy David or Michael Grauer at 651-2244.


Foran Gallery
September 13, 2014 thru February 15, 2015

Borrowing from both private and public collections, PPHM will present a retrospective of Keener’s work from her time in Texas to the conclusion of her career in Santa Fe.  Approximately 70 works will be included in the exhibition to be presented in the Foran Family Galleries.
Friday, December 5, 2014               TIME TBD
Saturday, December 6, 2014    TIME TBD

PPHM's annual free event celebrates the holiday season with music, role players, storytellers and kids crafts.