HPPR History

Texas Panhandle
7:47 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Black History Month: Teacher turned community activist, Marvell Ervin White

Marvell Ervin White
Credit Amarillo Globe-News

Marvell Ervin White is remembered in Amarillo as a community organizer and community activist.

Among her most notable accomplishments include organizing for a community center in Amarillo's North Heights district. White was honored as co-founder of the Amarillo United Citizens Forum, which saw the Cultural Center built in the early 1990's.

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Dodge City
6:17 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Black History Month: Ben Hodges, cowboy of dusty Dodge City

Ben Hodges
Credit The Wichita Eagle

Contrary to the impression you might get from some of the old Hollywood Westerns you may have seen, cowboys of the Old West were not all white men.

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Texas Panhandle
5:24 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Black History Month: Jerry Calloway, Amarillo's first

Jerry Calloway, standing in back of the Mount Zion Usher Board.
Credit Amarillo Globe-News

One year after Amarillo was first settled in 1887, Jerry Calloway moved to Amarillo.

Recognized as Amarillo's first black resident, Jerry Calloway moved to the city with a white family from Georgia, living as a domestic in the home of his employer J.C. Calloway.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Black History Month: Amarillo trailblazer Matthew ‘Bones’ Hooks

Matthew 'Bones' Hooks
Credit amarillo.com

Matthew “Bones” Hooks was a trailblazer in Amarillo.  The son of slaves, Hooks is best known as a cowboy, an Amarillo civic leader, and the first black person to serve on a Potter County grand jury according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

Hooks was also a leader in the religious community and a businessman, living in Mobeetie and Clarendon.  He worked to establish the North Heights subdivision in Amarillo.  Bones Hooks Park at North Hughes and Northwest 20th Avenue in Amarillo was named after him.

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8:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kansas!

Credit topeka365.com

The Path to Statehood

Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1861.  The journey to become a state was long and bloody.  The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 opened the two territories to settlement and allowed the new settlers to determine whether the states would be admitted to the union as “free” or “slave.”  

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Two Highway 50 Expansion Options to Save SW Kansas Landmark

Of the two options presented by the Kansas Department of Transportation, the one with the 60-foot median is preferred by planners at the Kansas Department of Transportation. Both options include the sandstone-looking retaining wall.
Credit KDOT/Dodge City Daily Globe

The Kansas Department of Transportation has two compromise options that would partially protect the Point of Rocks formation on US 50 between Dodge City and Cimarron reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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HPPR History
8:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

A Bang Up Christmas

Credit dfw.cbslocal.com

Christmas and the 4th of July have a history of some pretty noisy traditions.  Listen as Dave Miller tells of one of the more dangerous traditions that still happens today.

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HPPR History
8:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Sherman County Big Snow

Credit wyomingtalesandtrails.com

In the fall of 1904, the neighbors of the Texas Panhandle got together to drive their cattle to Liberal, Kansas.  A blizzard caught them, and they were gone for three weeks.  Listen to Dave Miller tell of a  Christmas morning surprise-- complete with pies.

8:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Charles Sternberg’s Kansas Fossils No Longer Up For Bids

San Diego Natural History Museum
Credit attractions.uptake.com

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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Amarillo Centennial
8:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Amarillo: Let the Centennial Celebration Begin

Amarillo, Texas. 1943
Credit legendsofamerica.com

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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JFK Assassination
8:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Panhandle Plains Museum: An Insiders View of the JFK Assassination

Credit 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.

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American Indian Heritage
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Arrow Planting for Quanah Parker Trail in Potter County Saturday

The first Comanche arrow planted on the Quanah Parker Trail, in downtown Matador, TX in August of 2011.
Credit 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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Colorado History
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Denver: Historic Brown Palace is For Sale

The Brown Palace Hotel. Denver, Colorado
Credit Brown Palace Hotel

The historic Brown Palace Hotel, in downtown Denver, is for sale. This is only the fourth time its been on the market since opening more than a century ago according to a recent feature of Colorado Matters.

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Dodge City 300
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Back in the Day: Dodge City was… Sturgis Nascar?

Credit http://dodgecity300.org/

In 1914, 17,000 people came to watch the Dodge City 300.  A motorcycle race that took place on an oval track, northeast of Dodge City.  The epic race took place on July 4.  26 trains a day brought race fans to town.

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Sand Creek Massacre contoversy
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Clash of cultures or straight-up massacre?

Detail from The Sand Creek massacre, painted on elk hide by Northern Arapaho artist Eugene Ridgely.

Nearly 150 years later, the Sand Creek Massacre remains a wound that has not yet fully healed.  This is evident in the recent closing of a permanent exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver exploring the 1864 massacre as part of its Colorado Stories section.  The closing was prompted by concerns of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members over aspects of the exhibit’s interpretation and the lack of prior consultation, according to a complete story in the Denver Post.  A reopening is pending the state and tribes reaching a consensus on the exhibit.

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Two exhibits on until Sept 1
8:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum

"Welcome to All!" (Puck, April 28, 1880) This cartoon reflects the welcome extended to immigrants of the 1880s and America as a land of refuge. The sign to the left of Uncle Sam reads: "Free education, free land, free speech, free ballot, free lunch."
Artist: J. Keppler Michigan State University Museum, Appel Collection

Two traveling exhibits, one featuring personal stories of Kanas’ immigration history and the other the role of caricature and stereotype in forming American values and attitudes about immigration, are now on exhibit at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma KS.  As part of the exhibition, a presentation and discussion on “Ethnic Labor and Small Towns on the Rock Island Rail Line” will be led by M.J.

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8:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Scott City Archeological Find Suggests Humans on Central Plains Earlier Than Believed

Dr. John Hofman and others unveil the mammoth bones in Scott County.
Credit Photo courtesy Louise Ehmke

Rolfe Mandel recently found a knapping pile and mammoth bones in close proximity according to The University of Kansas.  Mandel, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Kansas, says the closeness, as well as human artifacts, suggest humans may have lived on the high plains earlier than previously thought. 

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8:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The First Lady of the Texas Panhandle

The Charles and Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight House at Goodnight, Texas
Credit Charles Goodnight Historical Center

Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight: First Lady of  the Texas Panhandle, wife of Charlie Goodnight, and to cowhands, "The Mother of the Texas Panhandle."  Myra H McIlvain recently told the story of Mary Goodnight in her blog.

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8:01 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

First Carnivore Dinosaur Tooth Found at Black Mesa

Credit byways.org

Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma.  Its name comes from a layer of black volcanic rock that coated the mesa 10 million years ago.  Located in the northwest corner of the panhandle, it's where The University Herald says Dr. Mark Micozzi found a tooth from the largest land-dwelling carnivores- theropods. 

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HPPR History
8:01 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Southeast Colorado Getaway Spots

Bent's Old Fort
Credit Colorado Preservation

If Colorado is on your summer get away list, there are some interesting places to visit.  Colorado Matters recently asked listeners and travel guide, Doug Whitehead, for suggestions that might not be as well-known.  Some of the ideas are right outside our front door in southeastern Colorado. 

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HPPR History
8:01 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Sternberg Fossils Go Online in 3-D

Credit Hays Daily News

A joint project between the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Forsyth Library is bringing fossils into the digital age with 3-D technology.  The Hays Daily News reported Sternberg employees handle the fossils, while students photograph them at the museum.  Students return with the photos to the library to complete the 3-D process.  Scanning allows the viewer to rotate the specimen digitally, rather than looking at multiple photos.

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8:01 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Unique Teaching Tool Found at High Plains Museum

Credit High Plains Museum

If you google the galaxy planetary system made by The Thomas Kane & Company, you won't find it.  You will find information about their manufacture of blackboards, furniture, and maps, but not this interesting little galaxy gizmo made in 1881.  However, the one place you can see and learn about it is at the High Plains Museum in Goodland, Kansas. 

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Harvest Public Media story
9:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Smithsonian plows into farming history

In the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's staging area, curator Peter Liebhold shows off some of the artifacts he's been collecting from farms all over rural America for the museum's upcoming 'American Enterprise' exhibition.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Visitors to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. only get small glimpses of farming, such as a mural display of immigrant farmworkers planting crops in a 19th century California town. The museum once had an Agriculture Hall, but it was removed in 2006.

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High Plains History episode
2:23 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Old Tascosa Lives On

The site of Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle has a rich history, beginning centuries ago with a prehistoric Indian culture that settled in a valley where several creeks converged into a river we now call the Canadian.  The Spanish explorer Coronado probably rested at the campsite in 1541 when he followed the Canadian in his trek across the plains.  Mexican traders used the site to barter with Indian tribes, and ultimately named it for the quicksand at the crossing.

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