13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
April 19, 2009
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
The trip to Austin was beautiful. I took hwy 183 and hwy 6 through Central Texas and up to Hwy 287 . The wild flowers in our countrysides are beautiful and now at peak. If you have a weekend and want to see the bluebonnets and other wildflowers starting to bloom , go driving. The annual meeting of the Texas Historical Commission was full of information and handouts that we will be able to use in our day to day work, our board meetings and with our students field trips.
Our Historical Commission received a distinquished service award for the third year in a role. I was honored with the John A. Nau III award of excellence in museums. This award included a $1000 award for our museum. I was very proud of our museum and our historical commission for achieving these honors this year. We are viewed as one of the best small museums in the state. It is due to the hard work of our volunteers and to each of you that support us. I am privileged to be able to carry your torch across the state. I will prepare press releases when I receive the photos from THC.
While I was in Austin collecting new information and challenges for us. The core team of volunteers were busy here receiving membership renewals, RSVPs for our Tea Party on Sunday, and preparing for our cook out on May 9th. On Wednesday, they continues work on our new acquistions and Ann is preparing to organize our book collection. There was alot of brain power at work . Wednesdays are always fun.
THIS SUNDAY IS OUR TEA PARTY! EVERYONE IS INVITED. DIANE BIM WILL BE OUR GUEST SPEAKER WITH A DEMOSTRATION OF HER RECIPES FROM HER COOKBOOK. THE GROUP WILL BE ABLE TO SAMPLE RECIPES AND HAVE THEIR CHOICE OF BEVERAGES. IT PROMISES TO BE AN ENTERTAINING AFTERNOON. SUNDAY, APRIL 26, AT 2PM LIPSCOMB COMMUNITY CENTER, MAIN ST, LIPSCOMB.
TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR OUR DINNER AT THE DUGOUT FUNDRAISER. MAY 9TH. CALL THE MUSEUM 806-852-2123.
Two important events happened this week that impacted our area allowing our creation in the late 1880s. The first occurred on April 19th, 1875. On this day, Kiowa chief White Horse (Tsen-tainte) and a group of followers surrendered at Fort sill, Indian Territory. White Horse had gained considerable notoriety during the 1870s for his raids on Texas settlements, and was considered the "most dangerous man" among the Kiowas. He participated in the Warren wagontrain raid in May 1871 and in the second battle of Adobe Walls in June 1874. He was also present in September 1874 at the battle of Palo Duro Canyon, which apparently convinced him that further resistance was futile. White Horse was among those singled out by Kicking Bird for incarceration at St. Augustine, Florida. He died of a stomach ailment in 1892 and was buried on the reservation near Fort Sill. These final conflicts in '74 and '75 are known as the Red River War and was the final indian conflict.
The second event occurred on April 20, 1842 with the organization of the Adelsverein (the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas). This society was established by 21 German noblemen at Bietrich on the Rhine , near Mainz for the establishment of a new Germany on Texas soil by a organized mass emigration. In May 1842, the association sent two of its members, conts Joseph of Boos-Waldeck and Victor August of Leiningen, to Texas to purchase land. In January 1843 Boos-Waldeck bought a square league (4,428 acrea) in what is now Fayette county, near Industry, as the base for future colonization. The first immigrants disembarked in Texas in December 1844, near Carlshafen (later Indianola). The society brought more that 7,000 Germans to Texas. It also established Texas as a major goal of subsequent emigration from Germany. The source of these history moments are from the Handbook of Texas online articles on the web.
We end this week with a saying Dorothy found in a newspaper
"here's to all volunteers- those dedicated people who believe in all work & no pay" Robert Orben.
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