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From the Science Spectrum:

Science Spectrum’s OMNI Theater Celebrates both

Lubbock’s and America’s Cultural Diversity and Musical Innovations with a newly paired Exhibit and Film!    


Lubbock’s Musical Journey  – Free Exhibit On Display through September


A photographic and special collections exhibit on loan from Texas Tech’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library – Crossroads of Music Archive.

Music has always been an important part of our region. There is documented evidence that Native Americans held ritual dances as early as 1836 in the Texas panhandle. When Anglos began to settle the area, they brought with them their music traditions. Early ranch dances often centered on a fiddler and a caller. As Lubbock began in the early twentieth century, city leaders followed the lead of other cities and established a brass band.

After World War I, vocal quartets became popular singing gospel and popular songs. Originating on the eve of the great depression, Western Swing music became popular with bands like the Drugstore Cowboys and the Roadside Playboys.  After World War II, Lubbock grew rapidly into a metropolitan center and the Lubbock Symphony was born.

The 1950s brought a cultural shift in music. Rock and Roll erupted and Buddy Holly became a significant artist whose influence remains today. In the 1970s and 80s, many local artists like Joe, Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Bob Livingston, Gary P. Nunn and The Maines Brothers firmly established themselves in the music industry. With the rise of Tejano music in the 1980s and 90s, The Hometown Boys became a popular fan favorite. Lubbock’s musical journey is no doubt rich. Called the Music Crossroads of Texas, Lubbock has produced countless other successful musicians.

Lubbock, Texas, has been a music powerhouse for over a century, a musical journey that has only just begun.

Crossroads of Music Archive at Texas Tech University

In 2002, the Crossroads of Music Archive was established in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library on the Texas Tech Campus. The archive collects all music genres and contains music recordings, oral histories, photos, posters, songbooks, and other ephemera. Within its short history, the archive has attained over 140 collections and is the official repository for the Kerrville Folk Festival, Michael Martin Murphey, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, the Tommy and Charlene Hancock Family, and houses the Don Caldwell Studio master tape collection, among many others. Currently the staff is conducting oral histories and collecting materials related to Tejano music and women in Texas music.

If you know a musician who should be interviewed, or has a collection of materials for the archive, you can contact Dr. Curtis Peoples at the Crossroads of Music Archive.

America’s Musical Journey  – Film Now Showing in the OMNI Theater  


Starring Grammy Award®-Nominated Singer and Songwriter Aloe Blacc and

Narrated by Academy Award®-Winning Actor, Morgan Freeman


MacGillivray Freeman Films’ newest documentary for giant screen theaters, America’s Musical Journey  is showing now through the Fall at the Science Spectrum’s OMNI Theater.  The film  celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and creative innovation that characterize America as told through the story of its music.


Narrated by legendary Academy Award®-winning actor Morgan Freeman, the film follows Grammy Award®-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of America’s music, following the footsteps of Louis Armstrong through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born.  Visiting such iconic cities as New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Nashville, Memphis, Miami and more, America’s Musical Journey explores the collision of cultures that gave birth to such electrifying American art forms as jazz, the blues, country, rock and roll, hip-hop and more.  As audiences join Blacc on this joyful, tune-filled tour, they’ll experience uniquely American adventures such as paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago and skydiving with Elvis impersonators over Memphis in scenes shot exclusively for the giant screen.


Academy Award-nominated director Greg MacGillivray threads all these images together to create an immersive experience of America’s cultural diversity with a soundtrack that showcases the national passion for creative innovation at its purest.  “America’s music has its roots in the diverse cultures that came together from different parts of the world, culminating in a unique blend of sound, culture and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world,” said MacGillivray.  “This creativity and trailblazing spirit is what makes American music such a treasured experience around the world.  I hope people are inspired to explore their own creativity after seeing the film.”


“Music is an essential part of the human experience, and I look forward to helping audiences discover the unique cultural influences that gave rise to jazz, the blues, folk and other American musical genres,” says Aloe Blacc.   “I love the freedom of expression in this country, which is a source of creativity and innovation unlike anywhere else.”


In addition to Aloe Blacc, audiences will meet other iconic artists, musicians and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today, including Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Latin music stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, New Orleans music hero Dr. John, Chicago jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, teenage banjo-playing phenomenon Willow Osborne, Memphis jookin dance star Lil Buck, the Detroit Youth Choir, Chicago footwork maestros Pause Eddie and Donnetta “Lil Bit” Jackson, the Bandaloop vertical dancers, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, the Beale Street Flippers, skydiving Elvis impersonators and many more.


Adds Shaun MacGillivray, president of MacGillivray Freeman Films, “Music has the power to bring people together, especially here in America where diversity and creative freedom are such an important part of the culture. We’re using the immersive, visual giant screen experience to tell the story of America’s musical and cultural heritage in a new and powerful way.”


America’s Musical Journey is family friendly and has a run time of 40 minutes.

Lubbock’s Musical Journey exhibit is available to view for free in the lobby of the Science Spectrum OMNI Theater during regular business hours now through September 2018.

America’s Musical Journey film ticket rates:

$8.00 Adults

$6.50 for Children (ages 3-12)

$6.50 for Seniors (ages 60+)

From the Lubbock Cultural District:

September 13-16, 2018


Thursday, September 13:  –

Ballet Lubbock
Encore:  The Backstage Bash
6:30pm Cocktails; 7:30pm Dinner and Program
Museum of Texas Tech University
3301 4th Street
Tickets: or contact or 806.785.3090

Your attendance, your involvement, and your gifts made during Encore will support:

  • Free ballet classes in 10 elementary schools across 6 School Districts so that cost or transportation is not a barrier to finding friends.
  • Over $45,000 worth of scholarships so that Michael’s special smile and confidence is possible.
  • The donation of more than 4,000 performance tickets so that Stephanie can cheer on The Nutcracker.
  • A moment of joy at Covenant Children’s Hospital every Tuesday & Thursday Morning.

Texas Tech School of Music

Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16:  –

Lubbock Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
Thursday:  11:00am – 10:00pm; Friday and Saturday:  10:00am – 8:00pm; Sunday:  8:00am – 3:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Admission:  Tickets available at the door

PRE-SALE TIMES: (For Lubbock JBF Volunteers & Consignors ONLY! Entry restrictions apply!)
11:00am : 12-Hour JBF Volunteer Only Pre-Sale
12:00pm : 8-Hour JBF Volunteer Only Pre-Sale
1:00pm : 4-Hour JBF Volunteer Only Pre-Sale
2:00pm : JBF Consignor Only Pre-Sale
3:00pm : JBF Volunteers & Consignors with Children Pre-Sale

6:00pm – 10:00pm : PUBLIC PRIME-TIME PRE-SALE SHOPPING (Open to public; children welcome; $10 admission/adult; pay at the door!)

10:00am – 8:00pm (Open to public; children welcome; $2 admission/adult, pay at the door!)

10:00am – 8:00pm (Open to public; children welcome; Free Admission)

8:00am – 3:00pm (Open to public; children welcome; Free Admission)

Get ready Lubbock, Texas!!

Want boutique brands at bargain prices? Want your kids to look like a million bucks without costing you one?
The annual Fall Just Between Friends sale is almost here!!!
Get ready to shop over 100,000 gently used children’s items under one roof at 50-90% off retail! You’ll find everything you need from infant to teen, and everything in between!

Cash & all cards accepted.

Thursday, September 13 – Thursday, October 25:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tour
3121 4th Street
Tickets:  $5.00 per person

For additional information please call 806.742.0498.
Trolley’s will not run during inclement weather.  Please call the above number to verify if you are unsure.

Friday, September 14:  –

Chris Young – Losing Sleep Tour
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center

Other performers will include:
Kane Brown and Morgan Evans

Cactus Theater
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison – Honky Tonk Tour 2018
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  Reserved Floor:  $20.00; Standard Balcony:  $20.00; Limited Balcony Box $40.00 (includes concessions)
Box office hours are:  Monday-Thursday:  3:00 – 5:00 PM*, Saturday:  3:00 – 9:30 PM*
* If Monday is a major holiday, box office not open
* If no show scheduled Friday, box office closes at 5:30
* If no show scheduled Saturday, box office not open.


Kelly Willis is Back Being Blue, to take a color-coded cue from the title of her seventh album. It’s a shade she wears well, though long-patient fans might just say: You had us at back. They’ll take a new Willis record in whatever hue it comes, now that it’s been 11 years since her last solo release, 2007’s “Translated from Love.” The Austin-based singer/songwriter has hardly been MIA in the intervening years, having recorded and toured as part of a duo with Bruce Robison. But she’s setting the duet M.O. aside for do-it-alone mode, at least as far as the spotlight is concerned (Robison hovers just outside it this time as producer). Hers is a solo voice again, but it’s not necessarily sotto voce: This is an album of songs about lonesomeness that also happens to be a crackling good time.

Willis wrote six of the 10 tracks on “Back Being Blue” by herself, the first time she’s penned that big a portion of one of her albums without outside assists.  That doesn’t mean she’s gone into deeply confessional territory for her “Blue” period.  Lyrically, “it’s not an extremely personal record,” she says, downright cheerfully. There may be profundity within, but what Willis was really after was a sense of playfulness. “I wanted to make a fun, interesting record that leans on the influences that first inspired me to make music,” she says. “I don’t think of it as even being so much about my vocals as an album about vibe.” Explaining, “The important thing to me was to take these songs and to get them just right musically. And in my mind, I was thinking of where maybe Skeeter Davis meets Rockpile, or Marshall Crenshaw meets the Louvin Brothers.”


In regard to the Lone Star State’s finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison lands at the top of the heap. His songwriting turned the heads of some of the industry’s biggest artists and took them to the top of the charts (Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 version of “Travelin’ Soldier,” George Strait’s recording of “Wrapped” and the beautiful Tim McGraw/Faith Hill rendition of “Angry All the Time,” to name a few). While those achievements might be considered the pinnacle of a song writing career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. He is always creating.

The last two releases from Robison were as a duo project with wife and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Kelly Willis. Cheaters Game and Our Year were released just over a year apart in 2013 and 2014, respectively, to rave reviews.

After touring extensively to support the duo’s releases, Bruce turned his focus toward his other passion project, The Next Waltz, a “virtual social house” of music, videos and interviews spotlighting the artists and songs that make up the pedigree of this generation’s cream of the crop. In his studio located just outside of Austin, Robison hosts and records an evolving array of artists who share in his commitment to continue the tradition of collaborative creativity. Everything in Bruce’s studio is recorded on analog tape “with no digital shenanigans – just like back when music was good.”

From Robison’s perspective, that difference – between digital and analog – makes all the difference. In fact, it’s so important to him, that tag line appears on the liner notes of Bruce’s new album, Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band, was released in 2017. While immersed in the process of capturing some of his favorite songs and artists for The Next Waltz, Robison was inspired to round up his own band and lay down a collection of originals, co-writes and covers to put his personal stamp on. With a list of musician credits that could easily be mistaken for a hall-of-fame roll call, Robison delivers a truly organic listening experience that includes “happy accidents and all kinds of things that just feel real.  Recording the way we do really allows the players to bring their own voices, their own styles, into the music,” says Robison. “That’s the kind of vibe I’m trying to get back to. I want to let people see how cool this process is and how much it has to do with country music, and how the kind of music that we make is tied to those traditions.”


Saturday, September 15 – Saturday, October 13:  –


Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market
9:00am – 1:00pm
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue
Free and open to the public

The Lubbock Downtown Farmers market is back this Saturday for our first Market in the 2018 season! Visit the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market Saturday, June 2nd at 19th and Buddy Holly Ave from 9:00AM to 1:00PM for a taste of downtown Lubbock, and the finest in local produce, meat, dairy, cheese. baked goods and arts. The 2018 season runs every Saturday from June 2nd through October 13th. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 15:  –

Fiesta Patrias
Broadway and Avenue V, traveling East on Broadway up to Avenue M and then turn north up toward east side of the Civic Center Parking Lot
Free and open to the public

The theme of this year’s parade is, “Community Unity.” We will be honoring elected officials both past and present, who impact the Lubbock area in a positive way. The parade will feature several current and former elected officials from the Lubbock area. We will also be promoting the importance of enfranchisement for all citizens.

Buddy Holly Center
Tie Dye Workshop
10:00am – 11:30am
1801 Crickets Avenue
Fee:   open to ages 10 and up.  $20.00 fee.  To register please call 806.775.3560.
Prepayment and pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!
Must pre-register by Thursday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to tie dye? Look no further than this class, and discover the beauty of this groovy art form. Explore different tie dye designs as you create a wearable work of art that can be taken home at the end of class. No experience is necessary, trained instructors will walk you through the entire process.

Saturday’s at LHUCA
The Life and Art of Robert Gober and Duane Hanson with Christian Conrad
11:30am – 1:00pm
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

Join us for coffee and donuts as we explore the Life and the Art of Robert Gober and Duane Hanson.  Moderator for the art talk will be Christian Conrad.

Duane Hanson and Robert Gober are two highly acclaimed American artists who both use the concept of realism as points of focus in their sculpture. Duane Hanson created sculptures so realistic that they have often been mistaken for real people. Often featuring as models’ individuals who are off the beaten path, Hanson has created sculptures of tourists, museum guards, and custodians. Robert Gober uses objects familiar to the viewer to create surrealistic installations. Using objects such as sinks and human forms, Gober creates a slight twist in each object through its location or appearance. Join us as we examine the lives of these two eclectic artists.

Fiesta Patrias
Main Celebration
LHUCA Plaza, Reagor Dykes Stage
511 Avenue K

Entertainment will consist of local bands including traditional Mariachi groups and Folklorico Dancers.  There will be food vendors, food trucks and a children’s area.

Tech Ballroom and LHUCA
Saturday Morning Ballroom Dancing
12:00pm – 1:00pm
LHUCA Graffiti Building
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

The Tech Ballroom Dance Team is a collegiate dance team dedicated towards creating a fun and competitive atmosphere of ballroom dance in Lubbock.

Spend your Saturday morning learning how to dance with the Tech Ballroom Dance Team! Each lesson occurs every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, and will cover anything from Salsa to the Hustle. Every session is completely free, and everyone is welcome! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

City of Lubbock Public Library System
Movie:  The Abyss
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Mahon Library
1306 9th Street
Free and open to the public

Classic Science Fiction Film.  Teens and Adults welcome.

Texas Tech Athletics
TTU Red Raider Football vs. University of Houston Cougars
Jones AT&T Stadium
University Avenue and 4th Street

Fiesta Patrias
Grito de Dolores ceremony
Free and open to the public

Dr. Miguel Leavario, TTU History Professor and candidate for Congress-District 19, 2ill be our guest.  This ceremony is the reenactment of Father Hidalgo’s declaration of independence from Spain.

LIVE MUSIC:  – (Clubs, Restaurants, Wineries, Club Comedy Shows, other)

Thursday, September 13:  –

Blue Light
Shotgun Rider with Chris Colston
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am  21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $15.00 at the door;

Country music.

La Diosa Cellars
Keegan Peck
7:30pm – 10:30pm
901 17th Street         806.744.3600

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464

McPherson’s Cellars Patio Nights
Jenni Dale Lord
6:00pm – 9:00pm
1615 Texas Avenue        806.687.9463
No entry fee

Food Truck:  Llano Cubano

Join McPherson Cellars on the patio for local live music, a local food truck, and wines $5 by the glass (or just pick out your favorite bottle from the tasting room!). Thursday evenings this summer, May-September.

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Alissa Beyer
4:30pm – 6:30pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge



Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Danny Cadra
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Junior Vasquez
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue

Friday, September 14:  –

Blue Light
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am  21+ only
806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets: $10.00 at the door

Country Music.

La Diosa Cellars
D.G. Flewellyn
901 17th Street         806.744.3600

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464


Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Shelton Rohling
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

The Garden
90’s Night with The Pushovers
9:00pm – 12:00am
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue
18 and up after 9:00pm

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Amber Pennington
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue

Saturday, September 15:  –

Blue Light
Thieving Birds
9:00pm doors open; opener 10:00pm; headliner 11:00pm – 2:00am  21+ only
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets at the door

La Diosa Cellars
Tango Llaneros
901 17th Street         806.744.3600

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Jenni Dale Lord
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Shelton Rohling
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue


The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM year-round.  (Also open Sundays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (May through September)-always closed Monday.  Admission is $7.50 per person, children 5-12 $5.00, Seniors 60+ and Veterans $6.00 or $20.00 for a family of four (2 adults-2 children).  Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D.
1701 Canyon Lake Drive   806.747.8734

A Windmill Museum for the American Style Water Pumping Windmill and Related Exhibits on Wind Electricity. The purpose of the American Windmill Museum, as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is to interpret the relations of humans, the environment and technology through the medium of a museum of wind power history.   More than 100 windmills displayed inside, more than 50 outside and a 6,000 square foot mural depicting the history of windmills.  Years represented by the windmills range from one manufactured in 1867 to two modern wind turbines for generation of electricity.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday   10:00 AM – 5:00 PM year-round.
1121 Canyon Lake Drive         806.744.3786
Guided Tours are $5.00.  Reservations accepted at 806.744.3786
Agricultural machinery and artifacts, with exhibits dating to the pioneering years of agriculture on the South Plains.  Exhibits include horse-drawn plows, planters, and cultivators, restored tractors and equipment, and household items.


The Bayer Museum of Agriculture takes you from horse drawn implements to the tech-Savvy, computer GPS, driven equipment and farmers of today.

The Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall contains the museum’s large collection of historic farming artifacts. From restored antique tractors to harvesting equipment, highlights include and interactive Blacksmith Shop, a history of cotton ginning exhibit, and the largest display of pedal tractors in the United States.

The Central Exhibit hall features the Crops: Harvesting the Facts exhibit about the major crops grown in the United States, The Cotton Harvesting Experience, and the Bayer Crop Science Exhibit. These exhibits are interactive with a focus on modern agriculture, its science and practices.

In the early 1930’s, to spur the economy from the depression and help American farmers, President Roosevelt and his administration, started “The Ropes Project” and/or “The Colony”. This area was an area of approximately 16,000 acres northwest of Ropesville, Texas. Approximately 77 families received, by a lottery system, a farm ranging from approximately 120-200 acres. It included a framed two-bedroom house of approximately 792 square feet, a windmill, and a barn. This house is one of the last original houses from the project. Future plans include the addition of a windmill, chicken coop and grainary.

House donated by Larry and Rebecca Smith in loving memory of Mildred Knight Server.

Outdoor Exhibits:  A real working pivot irrigation system and a historic 1930s farmstead can be found among the tractors and machines showcased in our outdoor exhibits.


The BMA is the perfect place for your next event. The Plains Cotton Growers Conference center is complete with catering kitchen and seating for 300.

Grace’s General Store

The farm theme of GRACE’S GENERAL STORE has unique gifts and home décor. Great for your gift giving and home decorating needs.
Our General Store, named after Grace Hurst, will make you feel nostalgic for old time things you remember at your grandmother’s house.  From Colonial Tin Works we offer wax warmers in several styles of yesteryear. With wax melt choices like mulled Cider, Fresh Oranges, Vanilla Bean and all the favorite fragrances, to keep you house or business smelling fragrant.  We even carry vintage totes, with pockets, to carry your laptop and essentials.

For the farmers in your life, we have John Deere caps in toddler, youth and adult sizes. Several styles are available for children and adults. We offer John Deere toy tractors, combines, coloring books and children’s CDs.

The store offers a wide variety of books from informational, about several brands of tractors to Tractor Mac storybooks for children.  Old Time stories and illustrations by Bob Artley, include memories of a Farm Kitchen and several other favorites. Unique cookbooks including one from the original residents of the Ropesville Resettlement Project make interesting gifts for friends or loved ones. And museum T-shirts, we have plenty of those in all sizes to pick from as well.  Stop by and shop for that special gift!


Joining the BMA helps us preserve our agricultural heritage for future generations. Benefits include free admission and quarterly invitations for special events.  While maintaining strong relationships with both the city and county of Lubbock, the Bayer Museum of Agriculture is a private museum funded through donations, grants, and membership dues. Members receive many benefits while helping to preserve our agricultural heritage through their donations.  If you are interested in preserving our agricultural history please fill out the form and become a part of this great organization.

1801 Crickets Avenue     806.775.3560
Hours of operation:  Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Sunday   1:00 – 5:00 PM  Closed Mondays and City Holidays.
General Admission:  $8; Senior citizens (60 and older) $6, Children ages 7-17 $5; Students with valid college ID $5, Children 6 and under are Free, Members Free, Active Military with ID Free.  Free Admission to the Fine Arts & Foyer Galleries.


Sky’s the Limit Exhibition
August 3, 2018 – September 23, 2018

The Buddy Holly Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Sky’s the Limit.  This open invitational exhibition will display artworks from over 50 artists in various mediums that celebrate the vast and varied West Texas sky.

Featured artists are: Angela Heath, Angie Nicholson, Anita Condit, Ann McDonald, April Terry-Griffith, April Pilley, Ashton Thornhill, Ben Dvorak, Bob Skibell, Bonnie Wilkinson, Candace Keller, Carol Koenig, Carole Daniel, Catherine Allen, Chad D. Smith, Cristena Stephens, Curt Jones, Dan English, David Pike, Debbie Carroll, Debra Brock, Deidra Brooks, Diana Cavazos Rivera, Diane Doty, Donna Davis, Donna Rose, Eddy Grigsby, Erica Sanchez, Erika Johnson, Frank Castillon, Gay Young, Ginger Sisco Cook, Ginny Mahan, Hailey Bryant, James Clinich, Janis Woodall, Jennifer Greer, Joe Hassell, Johanna Quillin, John Chinn, Judy Connell Robertson, Justin Burrus, Karen Hickerson, Katherine Liontas-Warren, Kathryn Thomas, Kenneth Weaver, Kenny Newberry, Larry Wilmot, Linn Hughes, Lou Chapman, Lyn Stoll, Malorie Cuevas, Manuel Gonzales, Marika Pineda, Mary Ann McKay, Mary Beth Woiccak, Melany Sarafis, Mike Mezack, Mitchell Wachtel, Molly Block, Nancy Woods, Naomi Hill, Nicole Hoffman, Odas Mullen, Shelly Newberry, Sherry Pena, Susan Nall, Susan Pollard, Thelma Pilley, Todd Hassell, Tom Clark, Toni Arnett, Valerie Hill, Vernon Kauffman, Wayne Greene, Willa Finley, Willie Harris.


The Buddy Holly Center partnered with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, and opened a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery that began on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The exhibition will feature an acoustic Akin guitar signed by legendary performer Sir Paul McCartney, and numerous framed certificates signed by the many Foundation musical ambassadors who recognize Buddy Holly’s inspirational musical influence in the early years of Rock and Roll.  The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy’s legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy’s footsteps.

The Foundation will periodically lend additional items for the exhibition from its extensive collection of artifacts.  The Center will use this opportunity to display other items from its collection, namely, Buddy’s bedroom furniture, acquired by the Center through the auspices of Civic Lubbock, Inc.  Buddy’s dining room table is now on display as well.


The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the City of Lubbock, as well as other items that are on loan, are presented in this exciting exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster; a song book used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly’s glasses, homework assignments, report cards, and much more


The Buddy Holly Center features 2,500 square feet of gallery space dedicated to the presentation of changing contemporary visual arts programs. These exhibitions are a continuation of a tradition of quality initiatives that were presented by the Lubbock Fine Arts Center from 1984 – 1998. With the relocation of the Fine Arts Center to the Buddy Holly Center in 1999, we continue the commitment to present challenging visual arts exhibitions that serve as a crucial resource for showcasing contemporary arts of the region and the nation.

Art is a form of communication independent of language… It is a way of manifesting human uniqueness. It is a way of reminding us that life is infinitely fragile, infinitely precious. – Norman Cousins

The Buddy Holly Center, a historical site, has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of Lubbock and West Texas, as well as providing exhibits on Contemporary Visual Arts and Music, for the purpose of educating and entertaining the public. The vision of the Buddy Holly Center is to discover art through music by celebrating legacy, culture and community.

Exhibitions and programs reflect the diverse cultural characteristics of the region and encourage interaction between artists and the community. The Center collects, preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas. Changing exhibitions in the visual arts provide an arena for celebrating the technical virtuosity and creative talents of fine artists at work in a region distinguished by vast distances and a rich tradition of creative resources.

The West Texas Walk of Fame, featuring the Buddy Holly statue, by sculptor Grant Speed, is located inside the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, just west of the Center, on the corner of Crickets Avenue and 19th Street. The Plaza is open to the public dawn to dusk, year round. The West Texas Walk of Fame, and its induction process, are a project of Civic Lubbock, Inc.


The J.I. Allison House opened on the grounds of the Buddy Holly Center in 2013. It is the home where J.I. Allison, drummer of the band “The Crickets,” lived as a teenager and where he and Buddy Holly wrote many hits including, “That’ll Be the Day.”
J.I. Allison house tour times:  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM and 1:00 and 3:00 PM; Sunday  3:00 PM
Contact the Center for questions regarding tours.   806.775.3562

19TH Street and Crickets Avenue (directly across the street from the Buddy Holly Center)          806.775.3560



Through membership support the Buddy Holly Center has accomplished numerous musical and artistic endeavors. The Center’s exhibitions and programs enhance the quality of life for the region and aid economic development and tourism. Financial support for the Center is provided by membership, individual and organizational contributions. Our commitment to creating learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds is made possible by public support. Exhibition tours, outreach programs, educational initiatives and family activities will continue to be the focus for future events. We invite you to join us in supporting public interest in contemporary visual arts and in the music and music history of Texas and West Texas.






1719 Avenue A

Luis Estrata, pencil and pastel drawings; Willis Bagley, temper paint and pencil drawings

Museum open by appointment only at this time.  To view this exhibit please contact Shirley Green at 806.535.2475 or Don Holladay at 505.490.9510.

For additional information please contact:  Shirley Green, Executive Director for the Lubbock Roots Historical Arts Council at or via telephone at 806.535.2475.

6:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, 9:00 AM – Noon on Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM the first and second Saturday every month.
1940 Texas Avenue          806.535.2457

Pauline Mills opened her art studio and gallery in October 2009 in a quaint building on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. A dream finally became reality.
Pauline’s goal is to give Lubbock and regional artists a chance to showcase their artistic talents.
Services the gallery offers include:
Gallery space for artist rental on a monthly basis at $50.00 per month.
Gallery can also be rented for events: meetings, photography shoots, birthday parties, and other possible events. Prices are available upon request.
GlassyAlley Classes:
Glass Mosaic Classes range from Introductory, Intermediate, to Advanced classes. Classes are normally held every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m. till Noon. If enough students are taking classes the first two Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. – Noon is open. Other class options are open during the week. Please call 806.535.2457 for more information on pricing and scheduling.
All materials are included in the price. No experience is required. No artistic ability is necessary. Classes must have at least four students.
Kids classes and a Kids Summer Art Camp are also offered.
Artists in Residence –  Pauline Mills – Mosaic art & photography, Cat Boucher – Photography, acrylics & mosaic art

601 Indiana Avenue           806.742.3667

Creating Global Kitchens
Now through mid-October

Food connects us to our land, to our traditions, and to each other. To celebrate this shared experience, the Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech is showcasing how people approach food in over 30 countries with images taken by 36 photographers.

Joe Arredondo – Director of Landmark Arts, Texas Tech School of Art
Cameron West – Chef and Owner, The West Table

Breedlove Foods, Inc.

Highlighting the efforts of Lubbock’s Breedlove Foods, Inc., a non-profit food distribution organization, the exhibit also includes photographs from across the globe where Breedlove has helped those in need.


Reception: September 27, 2018 – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the TTU International Cultural Center

Panel Discussion at 6:15 PM:

Tom Sell – Chairman of the Board, Breedlove Food, Inc.

David Weaver – Chief Executive Officer, South Plains Food Bank, Inc.

Mary Murimi, Ph.D. – Professor, TTU Dept. of Nutritional Sciences

For additional information please call 806.742.3667 or visit

3072 18th Street           18th Street and Flint Avenue        806.535.2457
The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3072 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed weekends during the summer), and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. The Gallery is closed on University Holidays and closed between semesters.

Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday   11:00 AM–5:00 PM
511 Avenue K   806.762.8606

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall and Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
44 Artists from Texas Part 3
August 3 – September 29, 2018

44 Artists from Texas is a three-part exhibition celebrating the incredible diversity of artists living and working in Texas.

These exhibitions provide a connection between LHUCA and the Texas art scene. By the end of 2018, galleries and artists from all over Texas will be familiar with LHUCA and the arts in Lubbock. We have a tremendous art scene and we are excited to share it with Texas!

Part 3

Johan Barrios
William Cannings
Nathaniel Donnett
Wen Fan
Stephen Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen
Terrell James
David Lackey
Marcelyn McNeil
Floyd Newsum
Howard Sherman
Jay Shinn
Patrick Turk

Martin McDonald Gallery
Project Barbatype:  Scott Hilton & Bryan Wing
September 7 – October 27, 2018

Project Barbatype, tintype photography of men (and women!) who compete in the international circuit of Beard and Mustache competitions

Project Barbatype began with a conversation in the darkroom of Collin College in Plano, TX in the spring of 2014. Scott was an instructor who had been working with tintypes for a few years, with a growing interest in portraiture. Bryan was a photo lab tech, and former beard competitor, with an ambition to make a book. An idea was spontaneously generated- to join forces, and make it happen.

Project Barbatype is a collaborative effort of a dedicated group of individuals who have each committed their time, skills, money, and energy to get Project Barbatype started and keep it running.

Scott Hilton started photographing in high school. He has a BA in Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MFA in Creative Photography from California State University, Fullerton. He currently teaches photography as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington. Scott began working with hand-made photo processes while in grad school, and started making tintypes in 2009. He reluctantly admits it was nearly three years later until he actually knew what he was doing.

Bryan Wing retired from competitive bearding in 2011, after receiving numerous “Honorable Mention” awards for his facial hair achievements. He earned an AA in Photography from Collin College in Plano, TX, and is currently pursuing a BA in Photography from Texas Woman’s University.

Scott and Bryan met when Scott was teaching a darkroom photography class at Collin College in Plano, TX, and Bryan was the evening lab technician.  Project Barbatype was born in a conversation when Scott mentioned his efforts at perfecting tintype portrait techniques, and Bryan mentioned his thought of doing a photo project on Beard and Moustache Competitors.  A partnership was formed, and continues to roll on.


John F. Lott Gallery
Tarrah Krajnak:  SISMOS79
September 7 – October 27, 2019

SISMOS79, by Tarrah Krajnak, mixed-media examining the particular sites of intersection between the artist’s life and the turbulent period in Lima, Peru circa 1979

Tarrah Krajnak was born in Lima, Peru in 1979. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at: Art13 London, Art Basel Miami, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Center for Photography Woodstock, San Francisco Camerawork, Newspace Center for Photography, Columbus Museum of Art, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and metropcs gallery L.A among others. In 2013 Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books published Krajnak’s first book “South Sound” and it was named one of the best photobooks of the year by Time Magazine and Indie Library. Krajnak received grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Vermont Council for the Arts, The Vermont Community Foundation, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her work has appeared in both print and online magazines including L.A Review of Books, Nueva Luz, Camerawork, F-Stop Magazine, and Killing the Buddha. Krajnak has a forthcoming solo exhibition in December of 2017 at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She taught previously at Cornell University and the University of Vermont.

The late cultural theorist Stuart Hall has written that identities emerge as “unfinished conversations,” formed “at the unstable point where personal lives meet the narrative of history.” SISMOS79 (derived from the Spanish word for “earthquake”) is a long-term project that examines the particular sites of intersection between my own life and the turbulent period in the history of Lima, Peru circa 1979. 1979 was a time of seismic changes in Peru’s capital, a transitional period between the military dictatorship of the 70s and the onset of the Shining Path’s guerilla war in 1980. The city’s population swelled and was transformed by a massive influx of rural migrants from the highlands and eastern jungles; and my birth mother was among them, one of many young women uprooted during that tectonic demographic shift. That’s almost all I know about her. Like her peers, she was vulnerable in a city that was a violent, dangerous place. 1979 was a year that created orphans. In SISMOS79 I set out not to recover some stable, “authentic” identity hidden by the circumstances of my birth and adoption, but rather to pull together archival materials, found photographs, untold narratives, and images in an effort to patch together, reclaim, and invent something like a psychic history of that year, and locate myself within it.



3301 Fourth Street                 806.742.2432
TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; (5 and under) Free; Active Military and their families are Free (MoTTU is a Blue Star Museum)
Tickets on sale 30 min before show time; first-come basis   No late seating and you must be present to purchase a ticket.  No re-admittance once shows are in progress.



1:00 pm – Cowboy Astronomer
2:00 pm – Extreme Planets
3:30 pm – Laser Metallica (September 1 – 15) / Laser Mania (September 16 – 30)

11:30 am – Astrobreaks
12:30 pm – Cowboy Astronomer
1:30 pm – Astrobreaks
3:30 pm – Laser Metallica (September 1 – 15) / Laser Mania (September 16 – 30)

2:00 pm – Extreme Planets
3:30 pm – Laser Metallica (September 1 – 15) / Laser Mania (September 16 – 30)

Cowboy Astronomer (all ages)
37 minutes

Explore the stars from a cowboy’s point of view! This full-dome planetarium show is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way. Narrated by cowboy humorist and poet Baxter Black.

Extreme Planets (grade 6 & up)
33 minutes

Just over a decade ago there were no known planets orbiting sunlike stars outside our own solar system. Since 1995, however, fast-paced developments in detection techniques have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets–with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. Though it will be years before we have direct images of the surfaces of these worlds, this show gives us an idea of what they might look like – up close and personal! In this original production we’ll explore the idea of what “Earth-like” even means, and take an immersive journey to several worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren’t science fiction anymore.

Laser Metallica
52 minutes


  1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  2. Ain’t My Bitch
  3. Fuel
  4. One
  5. Nothing Else Matters
  6. Master of Puppets
  7. Unforgiven II
  8. Sad but True
  9. Enter Sandman

Laser Mania
42 minutes


  1. Mortal Kombat Theme – the Immortals
  2. Blue – Eiffel 65
  3. Smooth – Santana
  4. Men in Black – Will Smith
  5. Man, I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
  6. That’s the Way It Is – Celine Dion
  7. Time Warp Medley – Various
    1. Blue Suede Shoes
    2. Yakity Yak
    3. Satisfaction
    4. Stop, In the Name of Love
    5. Whole Lotta Love
    6. Staying Alive
    7. What I Like About You
    8. Let’s Go Crazy
  8. Desert Rose – Sting
  9. Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters – Weird Al Yankovic
  10. Mixed Bizness – Beck
  11. Under the Milkyway – The Church
  12. Livin’ La Vica Loca – Ricky Martin
  13. All the Small Things – Blink 182

Astrobreaks (all ages)
20 minutes

Astrobreaks is a new program of the Museum of Texas Tech University Moody Planetarium that projects the Saturday night sky to show you what constellations and stars will be visible Saturday evening.

Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM    Sun: 1-4 PM   Closed Monday Museum Admission and Parking are Free.
3301 4th Street         806.742.2490


Red That Colored the World
September 17, 2018 – January 17, 2019
Galleries 2 and 3

The Red That Colored the World is a traveling exhibition from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It explores the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

The color red, with its brilliant hue, has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia. And we have a small insect to thank for this magical color.

The exhibition, The Red That Colored the World, combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

The exhibition translates the cochineal story into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond. The exhibition highlights more than 60 objects including textiles, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts and, clothing from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, private lenders, and museums around the country. The exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. The objects reflect the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process, and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials.

Artists and dyers for centuries strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature and to express the spirit, symbolism, and sustenance of life. Their quest ended in the Aztec marketplaces of 16th-century Mexico, where Spanish explorers encountered the American cochineal bug. The bug created an unparalleled range of reds with substantial economic value. Its ensuing global spread launched an epic story of empire and desire that pushed art, culture, and trade to the edge of the unknown.

Pre-Columbian weavers used cochineal. So did El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Hispano saint makers and Navajo weavers of the 18th- and 19th-century American Southwest followed suit, as did 20th century-Spanish design icon Mariano Fortuny. Synthetic dyes eclipsed natural sources in the late 19th century, but cochineal’s cachet never completely waned. Through such international objects, the exhibition follows the story to today, where cochineal and the color red remain hot commodities in cosmetics and commercial products, contemporary art, fashion and design, and other expressions of popular culture.

Inspired by the exhibition, the Caprock Art Quilters challenged themselves to create quilts around the color red. The results are on view in the Red, Hot & Quilted exhibition.

The Red That Colored the World, organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ladies in Red
September 11, 2018 – January 17, 2019
Main Gallery

Ladies in Red is a composition exhibition to Red That Colored the World.  It draws from the Clothing and Textiles Division collection and other garments on loan from other sources.

The color red evokes strong emotions. From the red power suits worn by First Lady Nancy Reagan to designer gowns worn by first ladies and celebrities, red clothing signifies confidence and the desire to stand out from the crowd.

In Ladies in Red, the Museum of Texas Tech University draws on its superb clothing and textiles collection to create an exhibit featuring red clothing from former first lady Laura Bush and local fashion leaders Margaret Talkington, Louise Underwood, and Carol Krueger Layne.

Ladies in Red, is a complementary exhibit to the exhibition The Red That Colored the World, that explores the history and widespread use in art and textiles of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian America.

Featured in Ladies in Red is the red dress worn by Laura Bush for a Dec. 7, 2003 portrait with President George W. Bush in front of the White House Christmas Tree. Photo above courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, White House photo by Eric Draper.

Texas Tech’s use of the bright crimson red as its school color is also represented inLadies in Red in the red suit Marsha Sharp, former basketball head coach, wore when the Lady Raider’s won the NCAA national basketball championship, shown at right, and in past Texas Tech cheerleader uniforms.

The Red That Colored the World, organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pre-Modern Bibles:  From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Complutensian Polyglot Bible
August 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Gallery 6

The Museum of Texas Tech University will host the Pre-Modern Bibles: From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Complutensian Polyglot Bible, the largest collection of original and facsimile biblical manuscripts ever assembled in West Texas.


The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the physical Bible, the development of scholarly methods of biblical analysis, and the refinement of multiple ways to convey biblical learning, often to people of limited literacy. The highlight of the exhibition is the creation, in Spain at the end of the Middle Ages, of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible with its elaborate multilingual printing press fonts.


And just a fun side note:


The Complutensian Polyglot Bible and Texas Tech University’s architecture can both be traced back to the same source, a university in north-central Spain, the Universidad Complutense at Alcalá de Henares which relocated to Madrid during the 19th century.  In 1923, architect William Ward Watkin, seeking a suitable architectural style for a new university on the High Plains of Texas, looked to the High Plains of Spain, the region of the Extremadura, and modeled Texas Tech’s first building, the Administration Building, on the university at Alcalá.

The Art and Science of Restoration Ecology
Friday, June 8 – Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Leonardo’s Kitchen in the Museum of Texas Tech University

The Art and Science of Restoration Ecology examines the way a graduate art and an ecology course combined to explore the artistic and scientific aspects of restoring the environment at Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park. The exhibition features the artistic interpretations and reactions to the site as well as the gathering and interpretation of scientific data.

For additional information please visit:

Red or Green:  The Chile Pepper in New Mexico
May 13, 2018 – September 23, 2018

How do you like your chiles? Red or green? Hot or mild? Whatever your taste, the chile is a staple of “Hot Cuisine” in the Southwest.

Chile is the subject of a fun and educational traveling exhibit from the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces. Red or Green? The Origins and Cultural Significance of the Chile Pepper opens at the Museum of Texas Tech University May 13.

The exhibit focuses on New Mexico chile varieties, their history and evolution, and how they came to have such a central place in the state’s culture. A major theme of the exhibit is how chile became such an integral part of New Mexico without being native to the state. It’s a part of three state symbols, there are festivals all over the state, and now we have the state’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail.

The New Mexico State Legislature named the chile as a state vegetable in 1965 and designated Red or Green? as the state question in 1996, in reference to whether you prefer red or green chile on your food.

The exhibit traces the origins of the chile and how the Spanish brought the plant to the American Southwest in the early 1600s. It features the emergence of regional production centers such as Hatch and Chimayo, and the development of specific varieties by researchers such as Fabian Garcia at New Mexico A&MA College in the early 1900s.

Following the historical section, the exhibit focuses on how the chile became a key component of New Mexico culture – both as a cuisine and as a symbol.

Grasslands of North America and Africa
through January 2019

This exhibit features the underutilized and little-known taxidermy mount collection of the Natural Science Research Laboratory of the Museum. This collection contains rare and charismatic species, including many herbivores and carnivores of the African Savannah and the North American prairies. In addition, the exhibit highlights the ecological parameters of these grasslands, as well as explores the natural history attributes of the animals that live in these regions.

Grasslands are a recognizable feature of the biotic landscape, with most of us being familiar with terms like prairies, savannahs, and maybe even steppes. Grasslands are thought to comprise 40‒70 percent of the world’s landmass and are generally defined based on the percentage of grasses relative to non-grass plants such as sedges, rushes, forbs, and woody plants such as shrubs, vines, and trees.

Typically, the types of grasses present in a grassland are controlled by temperature and rainfall. Most people associate grasslands with grazing animals such as cows, bison, wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, but grasslands are important in a variety of other ways.

In an exhibit at the Museum of Texas Tech University, funded by the Helen Jones Foundation, we explore the various roles of the world’s grasslands. In particular, we compare the number of mammalian species occurring in North American grasslands, including the region around Lubbock, to those found in the famous African grasslands that we see on television and read about in books. Specifically, we focus on different types of grasslands, how they are classified, what are the important characteristics and attributes of grasslands, and what steps we can take to preserve them.

For this exhibit, we arranged for several of the taxidermy specimens housed in the Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) to be placed on public display. The NSRL contains one the largest research collections of mammal specimens at a North American university—the collection includes skins, skeletons, and tissue samples from more than 130,000 specimens, as well as taxidermy specimens. These taxidermy specimens, most of which are decades old, were donated to the NSRL by hunters and their families for research and education purposes.

Although many of the specimens displayed here represent species that currently are threatened or endangered and now protected by law, none of the specimens in the NSRL collections were hunted or collected from the wild while the species had protected status.

Throughout the exhibit, we use the taxidermy specimens, photographs, and videos to illustrate the kinds of mammalian biodiversity present in grasslands and to introduce the visitor to the different categories of animals—carnivores, herbivores and granivores. We also provide interesting tidbits surrounding the biology and natural history of these organisms. Further, we use the exhibit to explore topics such as: why does Africa have many more species of bovids than North America, what is resource partitioning, what was the Pleistocene megafauna, what was the impact of ice ages on grasslands, and what are the differences between true horns, antlers, pronghorns, ossicones, and rhino horns? Finally, topics that have the potential to have a major interest to the Lubbock community such as dustbowls, biodiversity in a monoculture agricultural system verses biodiversity in a grassland, the role of hunting, and the official Texas bison herd, are presented in order for our visitors to learn more about our local grasslands and what they can do to help preserve and promote grassland conservation.


Red, Hot & Quilted
September 25, 2018 – January 17, 2019
Gallery 4

As a second companion exhibit, the Caprock Art Quilters are doing Red, Hot & Quilted, featuring quilts created around the red theme.

American Qur’an
September 30, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Gallery 5

The American Qur’an is an exhibition by painter Sandow Birk.  He hand-transcribed and illustrated every verse of the holy book of Islam using the calligraphy of the individual verses to frame scenes of contemporary American life.  We will have selected works from the project.


The Diamond M Galleries showcase the collection of the late Clarence Thurston and Evelyn Claire Littleton McLaughlin.

One of the Diamond M galleries focuses on a large collection of leading western artists. A second gallery focuses on the works of N.C. Wyeth, a leading illustrator of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Wyeth created the illustrations for the classic books Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, and dozens of others. Copies of these books are also available in the gallery. He also did illustrations for major magazines of the time.

The William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art displays an extensive collection of Southwest Native American pottery and textile. The collection is owned by the Davies and represents about 20 different Native American tribes. The rugs represent specific patterns and styles of the individual tribes. Each rug is hand woven.

The pottery of the Native American tribes includes a variety of utilitarian as well as ceremonial and trade vessels. A number of Storytellers, such as the one at right, are included in the collection.

Changing Worlds looks at dinosaurs of different types, offers theories about how the earth was formed, how dinosaurs developed and eventually disappeared.

The exhibit features the work of the Museum’s own internationally known paleontologist Dr. Sankar Chatterjee – whose work seems to establish that today’s birds were likely yesterday’s dinosaurs. Most scientists believe birds evolved during the Jurassic time. But Dr. Chatterjee has discovered Protoavis – it’s about a 210 million-year-old – much older than other scientists think birds developed.


The Talkington Gallery of Art combines works from the Museum’s collection with a significant donation from Margaret and J.T. Talkington, long-time Lubbock business and civic leaders. The gallery features selections from 20th and 21st Century art of the Southwestern United States. This art reflects the people and landscapes of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and portions of Colorado and Utah.

No particular type of landscape represents the Southwest, and no singular art style defines it. The art works on exhibit sample many divergent paths that artists from the Southwest have followed, from realism to romanticism, from impressionism to expressionism, from minimalism to conceptualism, and more.

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, and William Lester.

This gallery features prehistoric megafauna from the Pleistocene Period including mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant camels, short-faced bears, and dire wolves. This exhibition is from the Museum’s collections and reflects the local area’s distant natural history as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum and the Lubbock Lake Landmark.

A new partnership between Texas Tech University and The Remnant Trust, Inc. brings a collection of original, first edition, and rare early written works to display at the Museum. These works are intended to inspire an elevated public understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through hands-on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form. The Remnant Trust, Inc. will maintain a permanent presence in the Museum.

A new display will open February 29 with works that explore the relationship between economics and political freedom. The main collection of The Remnant Trust, Inc. is housed on the Texas Tech campus in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library.

The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, fine arts, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

The Museum was founded in 1929 as the West Texas Museum, just four years after the creation of what was then known as Texas Technological College.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1990, the Museum is home to more than 7 million objects. Only 3% of the nation’s nearly 35,000 museums hold this accreditation. It also is a teaching and research facility offering a master’s degree in museum science.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory maintains major natural history collections of mammals, birds, invertebrates and genetic resources. These collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific, and government institutions around the world for scientific investigation, discovery and problem-solving in the natural sciences.

Lubbock Lake Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, is an internationally known archeological and natural history preserve containing an extensive cultural record of life on the Southern Plains dating back 12,000 years.

The Museum is a participant in Lubbock First Friday Art Trail and a member of Blue Star Museums and the Green Museums Initiative.

Mission Statement

Through its collections and programs, the Museum of Texas Tech University engages campus and community to enhance understanding of self- and community identity, society, and the world; to empower people to be informed citizens of the 21st century; and to enrich lives.

Statement of Purpose

Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum’s purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.

3121 Fourth Street             806.742.0498
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus.  48 historic ranch buildings and exhibits from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s.  Buildings include a cattle baron’s home, ranch headquarters, dugouts, bunkhouse and a one-room school house that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
Entrance to the historical park will open each day at 10:00am and close each day at 5:00pm.
The outdoor historical park closes at 4:00pm.
The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30am from April through October at a cost of $5.00 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.
Please visit our website at for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.


McCombs Gallery

“In the Shadows: Cattle Rusting” chronicles the history of cattle rustling and turns a spotlight on cattle theft in the 21st century and what actions are being taken to curb the crime.

Macy Gallery

“Buckskin and Beads: Native American Clothing and Artifacts” is an exhibit of many pieces of clothing and artifacts that were once owned by Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, given to three generations of the Burnett family (Four Sixes Ranch) and donated to the NRHC.

McKanna Gallery

“A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna” is a traveling exhibit on loan from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. It displays flamboyant neckwear that came to identify the colorful cowboys of the West and became as integral to cowboy attire as hats, boots and spurs.

Cash Gallery

“Wagons That Moved History” features six wagons important to the evolution of frontier transportation.

Flores Gallery

“Get a Grip Handgun Exhibit” features handguns from the NRHC and Museum of Texas Tech collections highlighting historically significant firearms that contributed to the evolution of handguns from the early 1800s through the early 1900’s.

Stevens Gallery

“New Additions to the Collection” features an exhibit of diverse items recently donated or added to the NRHC collection.

Burnett Gallery
“Burk Burnett Bedroom” is a permanent NRHC exhibit with items donated by Samuel Burk Burnett’s great-granddaughter, Anne W. Marion. Burnett was one of the most well-known and respected ranchers in Texas. This exhibit space duplicates one of 11 bedrooms in “the big house” at the Four Sixes headquarters.

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.9010

Created in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.  The Vietnam Center and Archive collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience.

About the Vietnam Center

In May 1989, a group of Vietnam veterans from West Texas gathered at Texas Tech University to discuss what they might do, in a positive way, about their experiences in Vietnam. That group’s immediate decision was to form a Vietnam Archive and begin collecting and preserving materials relating to the American Vietnam experience.

In November 1989, the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University established the Vietnam Center, with the dual missions of funding and guiding the development of the Vietnam Archive and encouraging continuing study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

The group of veterans who first met in May 1989 were invited to form a board to provide guidance and support for the Vietnam Center. Since then, the Vietnam Center Advisory Board has met regularly to provide advice as the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech has evolved. Many of the veterans who attended the first meeting in May 1989 continue to advise the Vietnam Center today. In this way, the Vietnam Center remains very closely connected to America’s Vietnam Veteran community.

The mission of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Its functions are threefold: support for the Vietnam Archive and the collection and preservation of pertinent historical source material; promotion of education through exhibits, classroom instruction, educational programs, and publications; and encouragement of related scholarship through organizing and hosting conferences and symposia, academic, educational, and cultural exchanges, and the publishing of scholarly research.

Ogden Williams Collection

The Vietnam Center seeks to provide a forum for all points of view and for all topics relating to Indochina, particularly – but not limited to – the American military involvement there. At our conferences and symposia, we encourage the presentation of papers by veterans and others who directly participated in and supported wartime events as well as by individuals who opposed the war. We encourage participation by our former allies in South Vietnam but also offer the same participation to those who supported the government in Hanoi.

Similarly, we place equal importance upon preserving records relating to all aspects of the Vietnam War. It is as important to us to preserve the records of US veterans, military and civilian, who served in Southeast Asia as well as civilians active on the homefront to include the antiwar movement. We want to preserve a complete history of the war. To do otherwise would be a disservice to history.

In addition to the Vietnam Archive and its component projects, the Vietnam Center administers a number of special projects and events, including scholarships, outreach programs, and Conferences and Symposiums, as well as numerous publications, including the Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter and the Modern Southeast Asia series in association with the Texas Tech University Press.

The Vietnam Center is also raising money for a new state-of-the-art facility that will house The Vietnam Center, Archive, and Museum. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please visit The Vietnam Center Building Site. If you are interested in supporting the Vietnam Center and Archive in other ways, you can contribute to our scholarships or you can donate artifacts and materials to The Vietnam Archive.

About the Archive

The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War. The first collection received by the Archive – a package of letters from a Navy hospital corpsman to his family while serving in Vietnam – symbolizes our commitment to preserve the record of individuals and provide greater understanding of their experiences. While the Vietnam Archive continues this commitment as its primary objective, it has expanded its collection policy to include records of veterans’ organizations and scholars of the period as well as other individuals and organizations who share experiences from the war in Vietnam.

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam [VA005624]

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.

Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam

The Vietnam Archive has collected millions of pages of material and tens of thousands of photographs, slides, maps, periodicals, audio, moving images, and books related to the Vietnam War, Indochina, and the impact of the war on the United States and Southeast Asia.

The preservation of historical records provides the principal means for future generations to fully understand the past. Monuments call to mind significant events, but only records provide the basis for historical narratives, insight and understanding. In this way, the Vietnam Archive stands as a living memorial to all those who played some part in the nation’s “Vietnam experience.” Using the Archive, all those who are interested can study and better understand the people, places and events of this critical time in history.


The Archive accepts donations as small as a single item or as large as hundreds of boxes. Donations do not have to be organized and do not have to pertain to a famous person, event or organization. We accept papers, books, films, audio, moving images, and artifacts. If you are interested in donating to the Vietnam Archive, look for more information in our Information for Donors section.


There are two ways to conduct research using Vietnam Archive materials: in person and online, using the information provided in the Information for Researchers section and, more importantly, through the Virtual Vietnam Archive.


Contact information for all of the elements of the Vietnam Center and Archive is available. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for on this website, try our help page or site map.


Over the past few years, the Vietnam Archive has made a concerted effort to record the histories of veteran’s organizations and their members. The Veterans’ Association section of this website provides more information about our efforts in this area.

Information for Veterans

Reunions Attending/Attended


Created in 2008, the Vietnamese American Heritage Project (VAHP) supports the Vietnam Archive’s mission to document the war from all perspectives by providing documentation of the post-war social and political history of Vietnamese Americans who immigrated to the United States during and after the Vietnam conflict. A component of the archive, the VAHP is comprised of a full time Vietnamese American Heritage Archivist and one part time student assistant who collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public materials that document the experiences and contributions of Vietnamese Americans in American society. The VAHP aims to enhance the study of the Vietnamese immigration and resettlement experience by providing reference services to researchers and increasing Vietnamese American participation in the archive’s Oral History Project, conducting outreach activities, and developing cooperative relationships with other institutions dedicated to preserving Vietnamese American’s rich heritage.

More Information about the Vietnamese American Heritage Project

Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection


The goal of the Teachers Resource Web is to aid educators and students who teach and take classes on the Vietnam War. The site is intended to assist teachers and students at all levels – from primary school to college. Site materials are designed to accommodate a range of teaching and learning situations from a single 50-minute lecture that is part of a general US history class to a semester or quarter-long dedicated course focusing exclusively on the Vietnam War.


Richard H. MacKinnon Collection [VA066112]

The Vietnam Graffiti Project is dedicated to preserving and providing access to a remarkable array of historical material from various ships that supported United States military forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The materials you will find here include bunk canvases, ships logs, nautical charts, and other artifacts and documents. The collection provides insight into life onboard these ships, especially troop transports.


The Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) Microfilm Collection consists of 954 reels of documents captured from North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces during the Vietnam War. Materials from this collection are being added to the Virtual Vietnam Archive daily, and plans are underway to make the entire collection available online, including original metadata collected when the materials were filmed.


In addition to its mission of collecting materials concerning Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Archive currently administers two projects, the Oral History Project and the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

The Oral History Project

In 1999 the Vietnam Center and Archive initiated the Oral History Project (OHP). The history of the wars in Southeast Asia is not complete without the inclusion of the voices of those who were in some way involved. To that end, the mission of the OHP is to create and preserve a more complete record of the wars in Southeast Asia by preserving, through recorded interviews, the recollections and experiences of all who were involved in those wars. There is no political agenda in the development of the Archive or the Oral History Project. Anyone can participate, whether an American veteran, a former ally or enemy of the U.S., an anti-war protester, a government employee, a family member of a veteran, etc. The more breadth and depth the OHP has in its participants, the better and more authentic the collection and preservation of the history of the wars will be.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive

Earl R. Rhine Collection [VAN018343]

The Virtual Vietnam Archive enables scholars, students and all others interested in this remarkable period in our world history to conduct research directly from universities, schools, libraries, and homes. Of equal importance, it will enable Vietnam veterans – those who actually served – to access records that might be of importance to them in their continuing efforts to understand their own experiences. It will facilitate the research and writing of participants’ memoirs and will give high school and college students an important and authoritative source of information as they seek to understand the complexities of the Vietnam War.

When the Virtual Vietnam Archive project is complete, it will include a record for every item in the Vietnam Archive. All non-copyrighted items are available online, free of charge. The Virtual Archive currently includes finding aids for all Vietnam Archive collections, and over 4 million pages of materials online, including documents, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and moving image recordings, artifacts, and oral histories. New items are being added daily.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive employees a number of full-time employees, and numerous part-time student workers, both graduate students and undergrads. Materials are digitized using a variety of equipment, including HP flatbed scanners, Fujitsu high-speed and flatbed scanners, an EPSON large bed scanner, Nikon slide scanner, HP large format scanner/plotter, Otari reel-to-reel and cassette digitization system, an Elmo 16mm film digitizer, and an 8mm film digitizer. Digitized materials are stored on three Dell servers, with backup copies stored onsite in a cold storage vault. The Virtual Vietnam Archive utilizes a relational database system (Cuadra Star) produced by Cuadra Associates.

Michael Ray Goode Collection

Institute of Museum and Library Services Primary funding for the Virtual Vietnam Archive has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about the people and organizations who have made the Virtual Vietnam Archive possible.

Digital copies of materials in the Virtual Archive are available. See our pricing list and guidelines for more information.

For questions concerning the Virtual Vietnam Archive, contact us at 806-742-9010 or

Architecture Library inside TTU College of Architecture Building
18th Street and Flint Avenue

Art is available to view 24 hours a day/7 days a week on campus

Public Art Walking Tour:   Booklet –

Explore our Collection – over 100 artworks to view

The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, more than 100 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses. Contact Emily Wilkinson, public art manager, to inquire about touring the public art, presentations about the collection, brochures and additional information.

ArTTrek: your official guide to the Texas Tech University System’s public art collection!


The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using 1% of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, more than 100 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses.


With this app you can:

  • Discover art nearby, utilizing your location services
  • Create maps that will guide you to different artworks in the collection, whether traveling by foot, bike, or car
  • View art using themed tours created in the app, or create your own tours.
  • Favorite your pieces within the app so you can visit again and share with your friends.
  • Play a “Da Vinci Code” style game to find art and challenge your friends to beat your time
  • Utilize social media to post photos and comment on art that you visit
  • Learn more about the art through videos of the artists themselves speaking about their work.


Planning your visit to the collection? You can still utilize the app when you are not on one of the TTUS campuses to look at pieces within the TTU System. Select pieces from the list to view in more detail and find their location to aid in your visit when you are nearby and would like to see them in person.

To download the app, please search “arttrek” (all one word) in either the iTunes Store (iPhones) or Google Play (Android phones). It is free to download.


2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.3749
General Hours:  Monday-Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

BUDDY HOLLY: Life, Legend, Legacy  

July 2018 – October 31, 2018

Lubbock’s favorite music son—Buddy Holly—is featured in this new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. The exhibit contains photos, posters, ephemera, artifacts and music. Most of the materials comes from Bill Griggs papers, which are part of the Crossroads of Music Archive.

Food and…

November 6, 2017 through December 2018


A new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library supports the Humanities Center’s 2017-2018 theme “Food and…”  The Southwest Collection has books, serials and manuscript collections touching this year’s theme.  Items range from cookbooks to food magazines to manuscript materials about food, as well as photographs which reflect illustrations of food preparation, crops and items for consumption.  Some of the items on view come from collections such as Rare Books, the Sowell Collection and the University Archives among others. All of these materials are available to researchers.

President Grover E. Murray:  A Decade of Progress
October 2017 – December 2018

An exhibit showcasing President Grover Murray and his accomplishments such as overseeing the transition of Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University, the creation of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), forming of the medical and law schools, as well as the construction of numerous campus buildings.

Chris Oglesby collection

The Crossroads of Music Archive, located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) at Texas Tech, is proud to announce that the Chris Oglesby collection is now open for research. Oglesby donated his research materials for his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” to the archive in January 2016. His collection contains biographies, correspondence, literary works of the author and others, photographs, song lyrics, audio interviews and more.

An exhibit curated by the archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., and fabricated by Lyn Stoll, is located in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL located on the Texas Tech campus at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue. The exhibit is a small collection of snapshots highlighting some of the artists found within the book, including Tommy Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes and others.

Sept. 1, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

For more information, contact Curtis Peoples 806.834.5777 or

May 1, 2014 –
A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.

The Marc Reisner Collection is now open for research.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building

A gallery along the north side of the building houses permanent displays on the Southwest Collection as well as the other units of the University Library, which have offices in the facility. Those offices include the University Archives, the Archive of the Vietnam Conflict and the Library’s Rare Books Collection. Additionally, the facility is the home for editorial offices of the West Texas Historical Association and its annual yearbook.

Offices in the building open onto a rotunda beneath the third tower. The Library’s 1688 Coronelli Globe is displayed in the rotunda.

Behind the offices are the non-public areas of the facility where documents and materials are processed. The building includes an accessioning area where materials are received and logged in. From there materials, whether paper records, photographs or films/audiotapes/video tapes, go to their specific areas for processing before they are taken to the stacks or the appropriate vault for storage.

Upstairs the stacks area offers a climate-controlled environment that provides a constant temperature and humidity as well as a positive ventilation outflow which helps prevent the intrusion of bacteria or fungi which could damage valuable books and documents.

Additionally, the facility has a conservation laboratory funded by the Hoblitzelle Foundation. The Hoblitzelle Conservation Lab will provide an appropriate environment for state-of-the-art preservation of valuable and one-of-a-kind materials.


The Exhibits Department of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

Exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits at the Tech Club, the United Supermarkets Arena, and at the Lubbock International Airport.

If you would like to propose an exhibit, please contact Lyn Stoll at (806) 742-3749 or write to

Hours:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1500 14th Street     806.791.2723

Curios from The Indian Den, 1976, by Pat Anderson, found objects, jewelry, pottery; Linda Adkins, reimagined heirloom jewelry; Expressions in Ink and Fire by John Bewley, mixed-media; Greg Goodnight, woodsculpture; Ironmonger Artworks by George Gray, metalsmithing; Photographs from Death Valley by Donna Rose, photography; West Texas Watercolor Society group exhibition, watercolors.

Y100:  What does Downtown Revitalization Look Like
Now through September 2018

Photography from the 2018 YWCA Y100 class.

The Legacy Event Center is a beautiful venue for local artists to display their work and features various exhibits throughout the year. The West Texas Watercolor Society calls the Legacy its home and meets monthly to hone their talents through workshops and collaboration. In return, they host shows throughout the year and exhibit their work in ever-changing exhibits. The artwork and jewelry is also for sale with a portion going to the Legacy and the YWCA programs.

The Legacy Event Center is a beautiful venue for local artists to display their work and features various exhibits throughout the year. The West Texas Watercolor Society calls the Legacy its home and meets monthly to hone their talents through workshops and collaboration. In return, they host shows throughout the year and exhibit their work in ever-changing exhibits. The artwork and jewelry is also for sale with a portion going to the Legacy and the YWCA programs.

Hours:  Monday-Friday  10:00am – 5:00pm
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

Current Exhibits:  Renee Steger Simpson, David Brooks, George Gray, Dawna Gillespie, Janelle Barrington-Spivey

Artists:  Baron Batch, Lee Ware, Heidi Simmons, Val Williams, Benna Ellis, Texas Leatherworking, Barbara Beller, Renee Steger Simpson, Tony Greer
Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.  David Leake prints are available at the Gallery as well.

Baron Batch originals and prints:


These events are provided for your convenience in planning your own calendars and being able to purchase tickets in advance for these wonderful events happening in the Lubbock Cultural District. Future events are subject to change.

Friday, September 21:  –

Museum of Texas Tech University
Real to Reel:  Black Panther (2018)
3301 4th Street
Free and open to the public

Friday, September 21 – Saturday, September 22:  –

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Masterworks 1; Respighi’s Pines of Rome
7:30pm – 10:00pm; Soundbites 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  pricing information:
Purchase soundbites and concert tickets here: or by calling 806.762.1688 or by visiting the LSO office at 601 Avenue K.
Masterworks 1:  Rossini/William Tell Overture, Mendelssohn/Symphony No. 4, Barber/Adagio for Strings, Respighi/Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome).

Flatlands Dance Theatre
Unveiled:  A Performance Event
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Work Studio A at CASP
408 Avenue J
Admission is at the door only.  The suggested admission price (cash or card at the door) is $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/children.

Flatlands Dance Theatre’s newest work, Unveiled, represents an extended collaboration with visual artist Kristy Kristinek who invokes her own bodily memories of being a dancer into her award-winning, gestural paintings. Kristinek and choreographers Ali Duffy and Almendra Gonzalez create a landscape of movement in a multi-media performance event. Viewers encounter layers of art: Hanging installation works, completed paintings on surrounding walls, live painting, improvisation, and dance create an atmosphere of immediacy, asking viewers to consider the following questions: When does art happen– in the past, present, or future? What remains after a performance is over?

Painter: Kristy Kristinek

Choreographers: Ali Duffy and Almendra Gonzalez

Performers:  Allison Beaty, Sulma Benitez, Tyra Bradford, Grayson Bradshaw, Ali Duffy, Sarah Estrada, Courtney Ferguson, Almendra Gonzalez, Sarah Mondle, Kris Olson, Molly Roberts, Sarah Sabin, Morgan Smith, Tamara Smith, Rachel Ure, and Breana Young

For more information about Flatlands Dance Theatre visit:

For more information about Kristy Kristinek visit:

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23:  –

Friends of the Lubbock Public Library
Big Annual Fall Book Sale
Friday:  9:00am – 5:00pm (members only-can join at the door); Saturday:  9:00am – 5:00pm open to the public, Sunday:  1:00pm – 4:00pm, open to the public.
Mahon Library basement
1306 9th Street

Cash, credit and debit cards accepted.



Saturday, September 22:  –

American Diabetes Association Lubbock Chapter
Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes
Mackenzie Park to register

Call 806.794.0691 x6139 for additional information or visit the website above.  You may also contact them via email at

Collecting funds to find a cure!

Cactus Theater
Sounds of West Texas
Cactus Theater
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  Reserved floor seats are $20, standard balcony seats are $20, and limited box seats are $40 (which includes concessions throughout the show and ticket must be presented at the concession counter when ordering).

The Sounds of West Texas group will be presenting,  “A Night of Number 1 Hits Songs,”  with a mix of all styles of classic songs from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and on up to current time.   Special Guests will be Jason Duncan, Barry Moffitt, Roger Morrow, and Riley Solberg.  Regular performers will be the Sounds of West Texas Band:  Mike Carraway, Danny Dukatnik, Brenda Hopkins, Mike Huffman, Donnie Martin, Megan Poppe, and Steve Williams, along with vocalists Larry Allen, Kaci Brice, Steve Burrus, Donnetta Lippe, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, and Terry Westbrook.  Emcee for the evening will be singer and magician, Barry Moffitt.  This will be an evening of some fun magic tricks and excellent presentations of songs from some of the most popular artists of all time such as Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, and George Strait. There will be number one songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Sentimental Journey” “Wildfire,” “Lady,” and “Sweet Dreams,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and many more!  This night will begin with door prizes given away around 6:50pm.

Wednesday, September 26 – Sunday, September 30:  –

Bier Haus Lubbock
2009 Broadway

Jam making classes, Sausage making classes, Miss Oktoberfest Contest, live music.

Thursday, September 27:  –

Lubbock Heritage Society
Destination Downtown:  Considering a Lubbock Main Street Program
2:00pm – 4:00pm Q&A;  4:00pm – 5:00pm  The Wine Hour
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

Presenter:  Debra Drescher, Coordinator Texas Main Street Program, Texas Historical Commission

How a Lubbock Main Street Program can enhance downtown redevelopment:  Expand the Communication Network, Nurture Economic Growth, Support Restoration Efforts, Help Coordinate Goals.

International Cultural Center
Reception for the Exhibit Creating Global Kitchens
5:30pm – 7:00pm
601 Indiana Avenue
Free and open to the public

Panel Discussion at 6:15 PM:

Tom Sell – Chairman of the Board, Breedlove Food, Inc.

David Weaver – Chief Executive Officer, South Plains Food Bank, Inc.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Carry Fire Tour
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets:  806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.

Special Guest:  Lucinda Williams

Saturday, September 29:  –

Texas Tech Athletics
TTU Football vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Time:  TBD
Jones AT&T Stadium
University Avenue and 4th Street

Sunday, September 30:  –

Sara Simpson:  Wonderland World Tour
9:00pm – 11:00pm
Jones AT&T Stadium
University Avenue and 4th Street