13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
August 23, 2015
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
Another busy weekend at the museum. The reception for the students of Gwen Ferguson and booksigning for James Beard was enjoyed by a nice crowd on Sunday. Gwen awarded the winners of the voting contest for your favorite painting. The favorites were the animals (cows and roosters). The crowd also like the Aspens. If you haven't seen the exhibit this is the last week.
Even with the open house event over, there is still much to be done in our new space. We have yet to receive our model train back from repairs. We have more communication equipment to move from the school to the communication area. As we build new exhibits, we discover other items that we want to put on exhibit. As we do these, there is paperwork to do to keep track of where and when the item was moved. If you hear the core team talking about the yellow cards, that's our main tracking system and we are always misplacing them. The management part of museum work is sometimes frustrating.
Our next event will be in October, our annual fundraising dinner. Stay tuned for more information. The next board meeting is October 2 at 2 pm.
The Lipscomb County Courthouse is the Texas Historical Commission's Courthouse of the Month. Here is its history:
In 1886, a one-story wood framed house was built as the courthouse. In 1915, county voters approved the issuance of bonds for a new, larger courthouse to serve the governmental functions of the growing county, which had tripled in population.
William M. Rice of Amarillo was selected as both architect and general contractor for the project. Rice designed the new Courthouse in Classical Revival style, with defining features such as the arched doorway and the triangular pediment supported by Doric order columns over the entrance Design. Construction took place primarily during 1916, with final details completed in early 1917.
In 2014, Lipscomb County was awarded a $450,000 grant through the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program for emergency repairs to the courthouse. The grant allowed for removal of drafty, poor quality replacement windows and installlation of new replica "sixteen over one" divided lite wood windows that match the historic versions.
You can read the complete article on the Texas Historical Commission website at www.thc.state.tx.us/blog/august-courthouse-month-lipscomb-county
Take a drive to Lipscomb to see the new look and enjoy this beautiful green summer and great weather. Have a good week.
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