The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, is one of the greatest places to soak up history in the area.

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If you grew up in the area then this was the best place to go to learn about the millions of years of history of the Texas Panhandle and the plains.   From the dinosaurs to the settlers to the oil boom and now.  This is the place for the history.

Have you ever wanted to get more of the details on certain eras, but didn't know where to find someone and the time to hear more of the inner details of the history of the panhandle?   Now's your chance.

History + Coffee = Coffee with the Curator

Starting on Friday, November 10th, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will host its first Coffee with a Curator.

Friday, November 10th - 9 am

Join Jennie Opalinski the co-curator of the PPHM exhibit High Fashion to the High Plains in partnership with Anne Medlock.   This exhibit features a look at designer fashion for the Texas Panhandle.  Chanel and Lilli Diamond are just a few of the fashions on exhibit.   Jenni will discuss and talk about all the fashions on display and how they shaped our area.


Not only are you going to get to hear the ins and outs of the fashion that is shaping our area you'll also get a behind-the-scenes look.

Future Coffee with a Curator include

Friday, January 19th, 9 am: Lots of Love, Gisella.


Art curator Deana Craighead will give an inside look at Gisella Loeffler, an Austrian who came to the US and settled in Taos in the 19th century.

Friday, March 22, 2024 - Archaeologist Dr. Veronica Arias

Friday, April 19, 2024, Deana Craighead returns to talk about new exhibitions coming to the PPHM in 2024.

The cost for the four-part series is free for PPHM Members and $35 for nonmembers.  Individual events are $10 for nonmembers.

You can purchase your tickets at

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This was once the Jowell School. Built in 1901, the building was the cornerstone of the teeny tiny farming community of Jowell.

The building had been rebuilt and restored in the late '80s or 90s before vandals destroyed it in an act of arson. What remains of the Jowell School sits in a desolate part of rolling farmland between the small towns of Canyon and Happy, Texas.

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