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Panhandle High School 2015 Homecoming Court Named

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

homecoming(4)Preparations for Panhandle’s 2015 Homecoming are underway for a big week-long event. Last Friday, the 2015 Homecoming Court were nominated and revealed at the first pep rally of the 2015 football season. Named to the Court are Homecoming King candidates are, back - left to right, Patrick Shadid, Red Hughey, Gage Alexander, Sam McKinley and Riley Graham. Homecoming Queen candidates are, front - left to right, Kamryn Roberts, Kaylee Bellah, Kennedy Helfenbein, Callie James and Lacie Townsend. The Homecoming King will be crowned during the annual Cornation on Friday morning, Sept. 11, at 8:30 and the Homecoming Queen will be crowned that evening during halftime at the Homecoming game against the Spearman Lynx.

Other Homecoming festivities will include the Retro Main Street Drag following the football game. This event has become a favorite among the PHS alumni and current PHS students. If not participating, come and watch from the courthouse grounds or the gazebo.

Following the Retro Main Street Drag head out to Wood Flying Seed Barn on Highway 60 and “Scoot a Boot” to the sounds of The Dixon Creek Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit Ginger Younger and her family in her battle against cancer.

Saturday activities on Sept. 12, will begin with the Pioneer Tea (formerly call the Golden Oldies) at 9 a.m. at the Panhandle High School Library. A school board member will give a tour of the new school facilities for those who are interested. Enter from the east side entrance on Panther Avenue.

Carson County Square House Museum Day kicks off with its delicious Barbeque Dinner at the County Ag Barn starting at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. The Country Store will open at 11:30, but donated items may be brought earlier. Tickets prices are $14 for adults, $7 for children and 5 years and under eat free.

Keynote speaker for the annual Museum Day will be Jack London, graduate of Groom High School and the University of Texas. He is an award-winning author of three novels in which two of those novels depict life in a small Texas town during World War II. His topic is “Carson County and the War That Was (supposed to) End All Wars”.

A reception is planned for the Pruitt Family at the Hazlewood Building of the Square House Museum from 4–5:30 p.m. and will honor the exhibitors from the talented Pruitt Family of Panhandle. Displays are in both galleries of the Museum.

The known slated PHS reunions are for the Classes of 1955, 1965 and 1970. For more information about these planned reunions please contact: Class of 1955 – 60th – Reunion Contact is Mary Curtis; Class of 1965 – 50th -Reunion Contact is Marilyn Grisham; Class of 1970 – 45th – Reunion Contact is Nancy Williams. Please watch the Herald next week for detailed information about these reunions.

If your class is planning a reunion this year, please contact Janie Plumlee at the Square House Museum at 537-3524.

Next weekend is sure to have something of interest or excitement for everyone!

Homecoming, Museum Day Quickly Approaching

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Panhandle Homecoming and Museum Day are just around the corner with Homecoming slated for Friday, Sept. 11, with the Panhandle Panthers facing the Spearman Lynx at 7 p.m. Museum Day will be the next day, Saturday, Sept. 12, at the County Ag Barn.

These are some of the activities currently scheduled:

On Friday, Sept. 11, a Mexican Pile On in the high school cafeteria from 5 to 6:30 sponsored by the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce. Retro Main Street Drag after the football game. If not participating, come and watch from the courthouse grounds or the gazebo.

Saturday, Sept. 12 events include: Pioneer Tea honoring the PHS Golden Oldies will begin at 9 o’clock Saturday morning, Sept. 12, in the High School Library. A member of the school board will give a tour of the new Panhandle school facilities. Museum Day Barbeque –“Honoring the Generations” from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $7 for children and those little ones under age five will eat free.The annual Country Store opens at 11:30, but donated goods may be brought any time before that.

Guest Speaker for the annual event will be Jack London. He will speak immediately following the Barbeque Dinner at the Ag Barn.

Pruitt Family Art Reception in Hazlewood Auditorium from 4-5:30 p.m. Both galleries, Hazlewood and the Square House Galleries, will be exhibiting artwork from the different members of the Pruitt family.

If your class is having a reunion and would like a table(s) reserved for you at the barbeque, call Janie Plumlee at the Museum at 537-3524.

Square House Museum To Showcase Pruitt Family Artwork

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The Carson County Square House Museum in Panhandle is excited to showcase the paintings and artwork of a talented Texas Panhandle family – the Howard Pruitt family. Estelle and Howard Pruitt were the head of this artistic family both receiving art degrees from North Texas State University in Denton.

The most prolific artist who worked in water color, acrylic, pastels and pencils was Estelle. She began selling her art work in the early 1960’s and the 1970’s saw her work displayed in multiple galleries including Dallas. Still life, barns, windmills and various kinds of birds were her favorite subjects. Many Panhandle residents still display her works which are still highly sought and well regarded.

Her husband, Howard, was also an artist but calligraphy and woodworking became his specialty. During the time of his calligraphy, there was no easy way to “fix” a mistake other than redoing the entire work. This was a great challenge when he did the calligraphy of “Desiderata” a lengthy poem about life and its challenges. Some of his pencil sketches were done during church services on church bulletins or whatever paper was available. He also painted many still life paintings.

His son, Darrell, became an outstanding artist like his mother, displaying a talent of his own. His subjects were very different from his mother’s. He specialized in painting people, usually from third world countries like Guatamala where he did service work as a dentist. He did several portraits of various Panhandle “old timers” who are immediately recognizable.

Daughters, Leslie Pruitt Floyd and Julie Pruitt Rankin, developed a different venue of art as they became very adept in textiles, especially quilts.

Artwork of this artistic and talented family is on display in both galleries of the Square House Museum through the month of October. A reception is planned for the family on Museum Day, Sept. 12, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Hazelwood and Square House galleries. You won’t want to miss this outstanding exhibit!

Carson County Historical Commission To Hold Meeting

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The Carson County Historical Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at approximately 8 p.m., following the regular meeting of the Carson County Square House Museum Board of Trustees.

The meeting will be held in the Hazlewood Education Building of the Museum located at 5th and Elsie Streets in Panhandle, Texas.

Historical Marker applications, oral history interviews and the Carson County Country Schools project will be among the items discussed according to Linda Germany, chairman of the Carson County Historical Commission.

All Carson County Historical Commission meetings are open to the public.

Carson County Night At “Texas” On Tuesday

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, has been designated as Carson County night at the world family musical, “Texas.” In its 50th season of production, this year’s “Texas” is filled with additional surprises as well as its traditional spectacular entertainment.

Carson County residents will receive a 25 percent off the regular cost of tickets. Tickets are available by contacting the Square House Museum at (806) 537- 3524 no later thanFriday, July 10, or at the “Texas” box office.

“Be sure to say that you are from Carson County to get your discount. If you would like to go, but hate the drive at night, the Square House Museum will be taking its van that evening.

Reservations will be on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are interested in attending, give us a call at the Museum. Please remember that ticket reservations must be made by tomorrow, July 10,” said a Square House Museum spokesperson.

First Week of Camp Carson at the Square House Museum

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

007 (2)Thirteen Panhandle students attended the first summer arts session – renamed Camp Carson – at the Square House Museum this past week. They studied historical figures from this area.

The first person studied was Quanah Parker who was a famous Comanche chief, who helped establish peace between the Indians and the white man. Campers made “talking sticks”, medallions, and “par fleches” which were bags or pouches made of animal skins to carry their supplies.
The next person studied was Billy Dixon who was a buffalo hunter, an Army scout and famous rifleman at the Battle of Adobe Walls. He was also a postman so the students enjoyed a tour of the Panhandle Post Office to see how mail was sorted and distributed.

The third person studied was Bat Masterson who was also an Army scout and buffalo hunter. He was a famous lawman who was friends with Wyatt Earp. He eventually became a reporter in New York City where he died at his desk from an apparent heart attack.

The last person studied was Colonel Charles Goodnight. He was a cattleman, rancher and buffalo hunter who was famous for leading the last cattle drive in this area. He also was the founder of the chuck wagon which became an essential part of any cattle drive. He and Quanah Parker worked together to bring peace and understanding between the Indian and the white man.

All four of these historical figures are rich in the history of Carson County and their lives intertwined to help settle the Texas Panhandle.

Next week, students from Groom will enjoy learning about these historical figures and the next week White Deer students will.

Living Museum Set For May 5

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Third Grade class at Panhandle Elementary will present the Living Museum entitled “Carson County: A Night at the Square House Museum.”

The Living Museum will be Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Carson County Square House Museum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. PISD and Museum Staff will be present as guides.

The Living Museum cast of characters, some early pioneers and some contemporary people, are just a few of the people that have lived in and worked to develop Carson County. The cast will be stationed throughout the museum.

“Please join us for this exciting presentation as the Square House Museum comes alive,” said Panhandle Third Grade Teacher Kim Ewing.

Reception For Exhibiting Artists To Be Held At The Square House Museum

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

This Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the Square House Museum will host receptions for the current exhibiting artists. In the Hazlewood Auditorium, Karen Counts is displaying antique windows with dried wildflower arrangements. This is a very unique and unusual exhibit. It evokes a nostalgia of days gone by as you look at the scarred and multiple panes of glass, flowers, and handmade doilies.

Across the street in the Square House gallery, Gary Decker is exhibiting his Western art paintings. His work is done exclusively in pencil or colored pencil. The fine detail in these works make them look like a photograph, and you find yourself getting closer and closer to see if it is. Several of his “frames” are not frames at all but penciled in to look like frames.

Everyone is invited to come by Sunday and meet these two talented area artists and view their works. If you have further questions, please call the Museum at 537-3524.

Panhandle Chamber Of Commerce February Spotlight – Carson County Square House Museum

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Carson County Square House Museum, located at 503 Elsie in Panhandle, Texas.

Carson County Square House Museum, located at
503 Elsie in Panhandle, Texas.

The Carson County Square House Museum (CCSHM) has been called the “gem of the Texas Panhandle” and is considered one of the top small museums in the United States. Over 1,877 people visited the Museum or participated in its offsite programs in 2014.

The historic Square House, built of lumber hauled from Dodge City, Kan. in the 1880s, is just one of 21 buildings, galleries, outdoor diorama and large outdoor artifacts that make up the Square House Museum complex. Case exhibits and full-sized diorama tell the story of the Texas Panhandle and its people, from mammoth hunters 12,000 years ago, through the Indian Wars, cattle ranches and the coming of the railroad in the 19th century to the oil boom of the 1920s and the region’s part in the space program of today. A wildlife gallery and two art galleries add other dimensions of history. These two galleries exhibit artwork from local artists, and displays are constantly changed with “hometown collections” from area residents. CCSHM has been accredited three times by the American Association of Museums. Last year, it received two Golden Nail Awards from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

The Museum started with the original white Square House. It became the nucleus of the present Square House Museum complex with its multiple buildings. The Museum was opened in 1967 and will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Many plans are in progress for this celebration. It was awarded a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark plaque in 1966 and was entered in the National Register in 1973.

Last year, the education outreach program visited over 40 schools, presenting educational trunks to over 3,449 students and nursing homes, assisted living centers, community clubs in Carson County and in the five adjoining counties of Armstrong, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter and Randall. A summer arts program is offered for students during the summer. Guided tours are also available with prior arrangements. In 2014, 20 tours were given to a total of 1,072 people.

The Hazlewood Auditorium hosts events such as the Mortenson and Blattner Energy Job Fairs and Trainings, the Amarillo Area Foundation Grant Workshop and Fall Roundup, Pantex Quarterly Meetings and the Farm Bureau County Convention, to name a few. The Museum also hosts the monthly Chamber of Commerce Meetings and the monthly Carson County Historical Commission meetings. Many beautiful weddings are held at the 100-year-old Conway Community Church, just south of the Hazlewood Auditorium.

The Museum could not exist without its many volunteers who help with tours, exhibits, collections, and whatever else is needed. The volunteers, along with the Museum Board, contributed over 3,522 hours of community service in 2014.

The Square House Museum is a non–profit organization that is funded by donations. Many people contribute memorials, which greatly help with funding. Admission is free.

Visit the Museum, located at 503 Elsie Street in Panhandle, opened Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., or call us at 537-3524 to schedule a tour. Take a step back into history! You will be amazed at what you find!

Carson County SHM Elects New Officers

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Carson County Square House Museum has elected new officers for 2015 -2016. They are:
President of the Board – Curtis Downs of Groom, Texas; First Vice President – Dixie Surratt of Panhandle, Texas; Second Vice President – Buck Burk of Panhandle, Texas; Recording Secretary – Mary Lou Lane of White Deer, Texas; Corresponding Secretary – Nita Ramming of White Deer, Texas; and Financial Chairman – Mike Germany of White Deer, Texas.

These officers, along with other members of the Board of Trustees, are the governing body for the Square House Museum. Their positions are voluntary and they spend countless hours making sure that the Museum is run smoothly and efficiently. They are to be commended for their dedication in seeing that the history of the pioneers of the West Texas Panhandle are not forgotten and insuring that future generations will appreciate the hardships and successes of their ancestors.