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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
staff@wolfcreekheritagemuseum.org
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June 28, 2020


WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott


MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

With the nation on coronavirus alert and mostly everyone on stay at home, our visitors are virtual ones. Our email is picking up and we are receiving requests for various information and photos. It is nice to see our website visited and our photo collection seen thru the North Texas university website.

We are still working with appropriate precautions so if you have requests or questions, let us know.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

With the fourth of July coming this week, you will hear many of America's patriotic songs. Among them is "America the Beautiful." Some have tried to make it our national anthem instead of "The Star-Spangled Banner" because it was not written as a result of a war. The tune is easier to sing and the whole country is praised, not only the flag. Katherine Lee bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, rode in a horse - drawn wagon up Pike's Peak, a mountain - in Colorado in 1893. She saw a view of the mountains that few people saw in those days and was inspired by her glimpse the "spacious skies" and "purple mountains" to write a poem, which became the first verse of the song. The public loved the poem and Miss bates was encouraged to set it to music. She chose the music of a hymn by Samuel Ward. The words and music travelled around the world, and today Mexico, Canada, and Australia sing it with their own countries names instead of "America".

Enjoy the fourth and be safe.




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