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PPHM has a great list of events planned for our visitors. We invite you to save the date for each event and make PPHM part of your plans. Please visit our website at panhandleplains.org for a complete listing of events. For event inquires and reservations please call 806-651-2242 or email sbiffle@pphm.wtamu.edu. 

 

PPHM Exhibits

AMERICAN INDIAN ART FROM THE SUSAN J. ALLEN COLLECTION

Bivins Gallery

Now – April 8, 2017

Susan Janney Allen of Haverford, Pennsylvania, gave her American Indian collection to PPHM in 1934 in memory of her parents, Samuel L. and Sarah H. Allen of Philadelphia. Selections from this collection will be featured in the Mary E. Bivins Gallery. Free with museum admission.

HUNTING THE PANHANDLE-PLAINS

Harrington Changing Gallery

Now – January 7, 2017

Using artifacts, specimens, fossils, and works of art, this exhibition will present how animal life on the Panhandle-Plains has evolved and how this affected hunting, settlement, and migration patterns both in prehistoric and historic times. Free with museum admission.

YOU ARE HERE: MAPS FROM THE PPHM COLLECTION

Now – January 7, 2017

From their first encounters with the landscape of Texas and the Southwest, humans have sought to define and describe their world through maps.  Maps have been created as navigational tools, as legal and political evidence, as administrative guides, as sales tools, and as creative objects.  Examples of all of these can be found in the archival collections of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and this exhibition will showcase about a dozen highlights from these collections.  The geographic scope of the exhibition will range from state to county to town maps, and a variety of functions will be included, such as road maps, land surveys, and promotional items.  Published maps, manuscript maps, decorative maps and atlases will provide an introduction to these fascinating and important documents

WHEN GEORGIA WAS HERE

Alcove Gallery

August 27, 2016- February 24, 2018

This “rolling exhibition” will display near PPHM’s own Georgia O’Keeffe painting, Red Landscape, works of art produced contemporaneous with O’Keeffe’s time at WTSNC (now West Texas A&M University) from fall 1916 to February 1918 when she took a leave of absence due to illness, and eventually resigned.  The exhibition will be drawn from the PPHM’s own stellar art collection and from public and private collections nationwide.  “When Georgia Was Here” will present a new perspective on American art produced between 1916 and 1918.

 

ART THAT WORKS

Furniture Gallery

October 15, 2016 – October 21, 2017

Functional art refers to aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes.  Featuring everything from furniture and lighting to dishes, silver and more, the unifying theme of Art with Purpose will be the functionality of the pieces as well as their beauty.  Pieces exhibited will include some that have long been in our collection as well as several pieces that have only recently been added. 

 

THE GREAT WAR

Harrington Changing Gallery

January 28, 2017- September 16, 2017

Using artifacts (militaria, uniforms, souvenirs, weapons, photographs, archives, and etc.) from PPHM’s collections, the exhibition will examine the before, during, and after lives of various soldiers, Marines, sailors, and nurses (there was no Air Force) from the Panhandle-Plains region who served in “The Great War” (also called “The World War” since nobody expected another one).   This could include synergy with WT’s history, English, communication, and art departments.                                                              

 

WORLD WAR I IMAGES

Alexander Gallery

January 28, 2017-September 16, 2017

World War I: The Great War in Images will be on exhibit in the Alexander Gallery from January 28, 2017- September 16, 2017. The entry of the United States into the European conflict in 1917 coincided with the rise of photography as a medium available to the public at large.  The introduction of simple and affordable box cameras at the turn of the twentieth century placed photography within the reach of amateurs of all walks of life.  This exhibition, World War I: The Great War in Images will select images from the museum’s collections that resulted from the photography boom.  These images document the wartime activities of Panhandle residents from a variety of perspectives, both public and private, at home and abroad. 

CATTLE, COWBOYS & CULTURE: KANSAS CITY TO AMARILLO, MAKING AN URBAN WEST

Harrington Gallery

September, 22, 2018 – August 24, 2019

Opening will be the annual meeting.

The connection between Kansas City and the Texas Panhandle began when Kansas City merchants supplied buffalo hunters at Adobe Walls in 1874.  Texas Panhandle cattlemen began shipping cattle directly to Kansas City via railroads by 1888.  Cowboys delivering cattle to Kansas City bought new gear and supplies there.  By 1900, Amarillo was the largest cattle shipping point in the world and Kansas City had cornered the Western cattle market.  Kansas City became the model for Amarillo. The exhibition will include material objects and artifacts, art and decorative art objects, photographs, and architectural renderings in the PPHM collections that cover all aspects of this story.