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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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March 31, 2013

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

The sporting exhibit is growing every week with new trophies, uniforms, and newspaper articles coming in telling of present and past victories. Please plan a spring trip to see the exhibit.

We are planning our April 14 event. It is our spring tea but it will be a combined event with two featured speakers. The 2010 Texas Poet Laureate will be present. She is on tour throughout the panhandle funded by the Texas Commission for the Arts. Our second guest will be Darlene Shortridge who will introduce her series of novels to us. So plan to attend. Like last year, you can bring your favorite tea cup as you wish or we will provide. It promises to be fun and entertaining.

I am traveling a lot these days on both personal and museum activities. My husband and I just returned from the Brownwood area to visit his brother and the bluebonnets and spring flowers are in full bloom. Beautiful drive. I will be venturing to Wichita Falls this week for the annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Society. This is a new meeting for me and I am looking forward to meet this group of Historians who special interest is our history. They are headquartered in Lubbock so I hope to influence them to investigate the top of the Panhandle, also.

This month is our membership renewal month so watch your mail and continue to support the museum and our exhibits and archives.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

This Monday was April Fools Day and I hope you had fun. The history of this day was that in the sixteenth century in France, the start of the new year was observed on April first. It was celebrated in the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the new year fell on January first. There were some people, however, who hadn't heard or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April first. Others played tricks on them and called the "April fools". Others played tricks on them and sent them on "fool's errand".

We continue this tradition today by telling a friend a story as if it were true and playing a practical joke on them. Always ending with the enthusiastic "April Fools". Mark Twain said of April First: "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." I am not sure if he meant that as a complement or not?

Have a great week.


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