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March 1, 2009

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

February blew out and March roared in except Sunday turned into a delightful day. Last week was a good week ; Georgia and I made a trip to Amarillo for the quarterly meeting of the Northwest Texas Association of Museums. We met at the American Quarter Horse Museum. It is a beautiful museum that tells the history , science, and business of Quarter Horses on the first floor . the second floor tells the story of all the members of the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame (man and animal). This museum was closed for 18 months while if was redesigned. If you want a great experience with your Amarillo shopping or doctors appointment , I recommend it.

Thanks to one of our commissioners we have new members to add to our commission: Hugh and Anna Barton and Pablo De Santiago will be joining us. This brings our board to fifteen members with openings in Lipscomb or Higgins area. We look forward to a productive year.

March is going to be extremely busy. I will be out of town and pocket for the next two weeks and will write my column on Sundays. Georgia & I will be traveling to El Paso for the annual meeting of Texas Association of Museums. I will be taking training for census worker and going to our Panhandle Plains Trail Board Meeting. Fortunately, Dorothy will be returning to us on the 11th and will be able to assist Lovella in running the shop. Due to this traveling and a mixup in scheduling we will keep the student art up until the middle of March when we will be having a display on the dust bowl years and weather.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

This column like others is usually written on Monday so the newspapers can edit and place in their respective papers. So as I am writing on Monday, March 2,and is appropriate that I wish each and everyone native Texan, Happy Independence Day from Mexico. This was our last independent republic and flag before becoming a state. The Texas State Historical Association records that on this day in 1836, Texas became a republic after delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on -the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The state park at Washington-on-the-Brazos celebrates Independence Day with a birthday cake and speakers etc . I am going to have a cookie to celebrate my Texas Heritage.

Last week I wrote about Mrs. W. H. Parker's Cook Book copied by Joann Imke. I found the cookbook in our Archives and Joann did a wonderful job of hand copying the recipes. She included the notes that Ms. Parker made . For example in the column next to the recipe for Seed Cookies was the notation that these were the cookies Ms.Black brought to eat when they went fishing. The recipe also gave this suggestion: If you want soft cookies , keep in a stone jar in a cool place. If you want crisp cookies, keep in a tin box in dry but not hot place.

There are recipes for all dishes for cakes to making hominy. The last page contains Dr. Guthrie's recipe for Ballard's Linament : 1 TBS. each of Turpentine, Camphor, Coal oil, Vinegar; 1 tsp. of chloroform ; and 1 egg. Washing Fluid recipe by Miss Osborn and Mrs. Minton: 2 lbs. Sal soda, 1 lb. unslaled lime, 1/2 lb. borax put in 10 qt water and boil 1/2 hr. set off & cool. Pour off clear liquid from top. Put 1/2 or 1 cup to a boiler of water per washing.

Cook books are indeed a history book of our past. Enjoy the week.


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