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A Museum of History and Art in historic Lipscomb, Texas
Map 13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
806-852-2123
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February 26, 2012

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM NOTES

We are starting to get sport items in to assist us with our history of Lipscomb County Sports. We would like items or articles from as many decades as possible, 1900 and up. The exhibit will be in November so you have plenty of time to go through your attic and trunks.

This is the last week for the student art show. We have had a suggestion on some changes of the show for next year so stay tuned for more information later in the year. We are excited about it and think it will be fun for everyone.

People are discovering us on the internet and are emailing us for information on their ancestors that were residents of Lipscomb County at some point. It is always fun to research these requests and sending information to someone about their family. This is one of the reasons we archive newspapers, local books, family letters, church and club yearbooks, etc. There is a lot of history in these documents. If your family has family reunion and publish a family history, please share one with the museum.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

This week on March 2, is Texas' 176th birthday if I subtracted correctly. The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under seige by Santa Anna's army of Mexico.
Immediately upon the assemblage of the Convention of 1836 on March 1, a committee of five of its delegates were appointed to draft the document. The committee, consisting of George C. Childress, Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman, and Collin McKinney, prepared the declaration in record time. it was briefly reviewed, then adopted by the delegates of the convention the following day. The document parallels somewhat that of the United States. It contains statements on the function and responsibility of government, followed by a list of grievances. Finally, it concludes by declaring Texas a free and independent republic.

This day is a legal holiday in Texas recognized by the United States. It is considered a partial staffing day in state offices. Sam Houston day is also observed on march 2, marking the birthday of the man who led the Texans to victory over Mexican troops at the battle of San Jacinto.

We joined the union in 1845, but have remained unique and one of a kind. Sam Houston stated in June 1850 to the U.S. Senate: "Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word... A Texas outside of Texas is a Foreigner."

Have a good week.


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