HPPR Arts, Culture & History

History:
prehistory
Native American history
early exploration
trails and railroads
homesteading
community settlement
farming & farm life
Dust Bowl era
ghost towns
personal remembrances & biographies

Culture:
ethnic groups
religion
language
cuisine
traditions
values
folklore
myths
humor

Arts:
literature
folk art
visual arts
music
theatre
events & festivals

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A story and slideshow of the Great American Desert provides a glimpse into lives and pictures that resonate with us… our values, struggles, and the hidden beauty of a place we call home.  Life Along the 100th Meridian from the New York Times.

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I can’t imagine living in times prior to scientific understanding of the year’s shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice.  Before easy access to candles, kerosene, and electricity, this was a worrisome season. Little besides faith the sun would return comforted ancient people through increasingly long nights.

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Medical Center Park in Amarillo will be stocked with trout on Friday as part of the Neighborhood Fishin’ program according to the Amarillo Globe News.

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Not so long ago,most  people considered serious women hunters a rarity.  Their appearances on outdoor channels were uncommon, and you couldn’t find camouflage or blaze orange specifically designed to fit feminine  curves.

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Ask kids what an engineer is, and they’ll say someone who drives a train or they simply don’t know.  That’s what WT associate professor of mechanical engineering Emily Hunt and Michelle Pantoya, a mechanical engineering professor at Texas Tech University, found when they did a survey.  So, the duo decided to start building awareness in science, technology, engineering, and math careers-- by writing children’s books. 

The Force: Music

Nov 30, 2013
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It’s interesting how certain tunes and lyrics transport our minds from the present to another time and place. I can’t listen to “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” without finding myself traveling backward through time to age fifteen when I rode shotgun up and down the main drag of a small Southwest Kansas town. With our windows rolled down, summer breezes riffled our hair until a comb could hardly pass through it. Oncoming drivers blared horns to greet one another as part of the nightly ritual. These discordant sounds disrupted KOMA tunes that set the rhythm of our popping bubble gum.

John Seerey-Lester recently released a new book, “Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales.”  Marshal Allen Bailey, the Saturday host of Western Swing and Other Things, sat for Seerey-Lester.  He is featured in the painting, “Grizzly Adams.” 

Seerey-Lester is a well known wildlife painter.  The new book is a sequel to “Legends of the Hunt,” and features over 120 paintings and 60 stories about remarkable real life experiences of the world’s greatest hunters and explorers.

Thanksgiving Maps Show Celebration Differences

Nov 27, 2013
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Not every one celebrates Thanksgiving the same.  Recently, eBay’s Deals Blog released a series of maps showing the differences across the United States.  

Thanksgiving Tomatoes

Nov 27, 2013
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After a series of late freezes wiped out a good deal of my garden I accepted the hard truth that I would have to buy vegetables and fruits that were not usually on my shopping list.   But around mid-summer I discovered that a favorite fruit that had been getting harder and harder to produce had decided to literally burst upon the scene and give me a late summer season of the best tomatoes I'd produced in years.  So this year I'm giving thanks for The Return of the Ripe Tomato!

A Thanksgiving Poem

Nov 27, 2013
countryliving.com

Thanksgiving

(Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

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As soon as nights get longer and colder, I find myself scouring cook books and magazines for festive recipes.  The irony is that I may whip up one of two of these temptations, but always, always, I return to childhood standbys.  While new flavors tease family taste buds, traditional recipes comfort and connect us to loved ones and times long gone.

If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.  There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.  Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region. 

Interview with composer Adam Schoenberg

Nov 21, 2013
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This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony performs "Finding Rothko," an orchestra work by composer Adam Schoenberg.  The relatively contemporary piece, written in 2006, will be performed next to works like Ralph Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the symphony's concert titled "Pictures in Music."

Adam Schoenberg joined me from his home in Los Angeles.  I asked him about the inspiration and process behind composing "Finding Rothko."

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The San Diego Natural History Museum removed 12 fossils it had listed for sale.  Seven of those it had purchased from Kansas scientist Charles Sternberg in the 1920s.  The items were to be sold by New York-based Bonhams auction house said a recent article in The Republic.

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The years have not been easy for Polk Street United Methodist Church, but facing challenges within the church and in Amarillo has become the legacy of Amarillo’s oldest church according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Having learned to drive in Southern California where merging with rush hour traffic was a driver-ed mandate, I relish our area’s slow-paced traffic.

Amarillo sights in time-lapse photography

Nov 11, 2013
Todd Shoemake

Earlier this year, Albuquerque-based meteorologist and photographer Todd Shoemake shot time-lapse images of various scenes around Amarillo, the so-called "capital of the Texas Panhandle," and compiled it all into this Vimeo video.

Amarillo: Let the Centennial Celebration Begin

Nov 11, 2013
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The purpose of the 1913 Amarillo City Charter was to bring order to a city that was out of money and run by Texas Rangers and Potter County according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  The efforts worked so well, the newly amended charter is the focus of a yearlong celebration of the document’s 100th anniversary.

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Seeing photos of my granddaughter’s visit to a pumpkin patch reminds me why these seasonal venues draw visitors from miles around.  Walking among vines to eyeball and then pick and carry home these great orange globes connects people to the soil that grew that particular squash and to the sun and rain that nurtured it. It’s like holding an electrical wire and getting the full buzz, only without the shock and spasms.

Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle

It's the Cathedral of the Plains, a landmark to travelers along Interstate 70, and its stained-glass windows will be safer and a little more brilliant now.

St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas is restoring its stained glass windows and installing new protection for the windows on this historic church, a building dedicated in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Panhandle PBS, An American Experience

Elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States, 43-year-old John F. Kennedy became the youngest man to hold that office. This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963.

Carol Campbell

A giant steel Comanche arrow lands at the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center west of Amarillo on Saturday morning.

The large sculpture is part of a larger project in which identical arrows have already been planted at various historical sites throughout the Texas Panhandle region. The arrows and their locations represent the historical range and serve as a physical reminder of the nomadic Comanches of the 19th century.

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Jodi Thomas is a fifth generation Texan.  She has a degree in Family Studies, and is a marriage and family counselor by education.  She is also a successful writer, celebrating 25 years in publishing.  Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

Amarillo's Open Book Festival Has It All

Oct 28, 2013

If you love words, there's something to love about the Amarillo Public Library's 3rd Annual Open Book Festival, this Saturday, November 2, in the Heritage Room of the Amarillo Civic Center.  Starting at 9:30, there are activities, stories and games for kids, workshops, readings, and presentations on books and writing.  

For history buffs in particular, the event presents an opportunity to meet regional historians and get a glimpse into the process of writing historical nonfiction.  These are just a few of the authors taking part in the morning part of the Festival—Meet the Authors:

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Kansas remains a great place to live, and Kansans are optimistic about the future, but they also revealed a significant amount of uncertainty in the fifth annual Kansas Speaks survey of public opinion in the state.

Colorado Getaway: A Weekend Full of Fun

Oct 24, 2013
David Andrews

If you’re headed to the Front Range this weekend, there are so many fun things to do.  Colorado Matters helps out with their weekly feature Weekend Arts Roundup: October 24 - 27 2013.  

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Kansas remains a great place to live, and Kansans are optimistic about the future, but they also revealed a significant amount of uncertainty in the fifth annual Kansas Speaks survey of public opinion in the state.

Bert Vaux (study data) and Joshua Katz (map)

We think of the High Plains as a region with a common geography, environment and economy.  But there are differences in language and dialect.  In some cases Panhandle Texans talk like other Texans and in others case they speak more like western Kansans.  And in still other cases there are differences once you cross the state line into eastern Colorado.  Browse through the dialect maps below to see some of these distinctions.  

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Frequently, people lament the passing of the good ol’ days but when questioned, rarely do any Sad Sams want to return to days before air conditioning, central heat, automatic transmissions, cell phones, internet, and cable TV.  While it is possible to live life without those items, most of us don’t really want to revert to life without modern technology.

Courtesy Randy Waln

Rural roadsides are littered with neglected homesteads, long-ago abandoned. I see them all the time driving across Nebraska. Fallen farmhouses. Blighted barns. Overgrown fencerows. They even have a fanclub on Facebook.

For Randy Waln, a graphic design professor at Peru State University in Peru, Neb., there’s something about a rusted-out truck or weed-covered roadway that stokes the imagination.

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