The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum strives to preserve and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Panhandle Plains region of Texas and its neighboring areas within the Southweat. The museum also seeks to educate the general public about the old Texas and the achievements of the pioneers and the community itself.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum encompasses a 12,500 square foot building and currently keeps more than two million artifacts and collections, which include the Comanche Chief Quanah Parker?s eagle feather and several historical art exhibits. Established in 1933, the museum is managed by the Pandhandle Plains Historical Society.
Once inside the museum premises, visitors will get to witness a collection of exhibitions classified into three categories: special exhibitions, permanent exhibitions and online catalogs. The most highlighted exhibit was the clothing and accessories exhibition that were once worn by American Indians, such as the Ghost Dance dress, the mountain lion bow case and quiver, headdresses, arrows, and a buffalo coat. It was revealed that these clothing were worn by several tribes: the Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Apache.
While these collections are publicly displayed, the museum also offers educational programs, field trips, and classroom and educator resources. Programs and field trips can be catered to public and private schools that want to learn the history of the Texas. Meanwhile, lesson plans and educator resources are offered for teachers to boost their knowledge and information while teaching their students.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum also welcomes the general public to get involved in the museum?s activities by becoming a full-pledged member so he or she can enjoy the benefits that the museum has to offer. Other than that, volunteering is also accepted for full-time and part time. These volunteers will be given a series of tasks such as becoming helpers for museum events and as tour guides for school group trips and civic groups.
A Pioneer Town Renovation, a charity auction, and other events are currently being planned in the future at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.
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