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 Palo Pinto County Historical Association

 Old Jail opens for the season every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am Р3:00 pm through December 10 and is free of charge.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a special or group visit, call (940) 325-0789.
Location - 5th and Elm Palo Pinto, Texas just south of the court house.  In cooperation again this year with Humanities Texas The Palo Pinto County Historical Association brings new exhibits to the Old Jail Museum Complex.

Working Hands Photo Exhibit

April 13–May 20, 2017

“Working Hands” consists of 40 beautifully mounted photographs by Rick Williams capturing images of workers and work places in ranching, oil and technology. Rick Williams has been a photographer for the past half century. He worked as a commercial photographer in Austin for 30 years and taught photography at the University of Texas for ten years. He spent his free time lugging his Nikon camera to nearby ranches, oil fields and tech factories. Rick’s photographs show a deep empathy for the lives of ordinary people at work.Most of his work in the past was shot on black and white negatives and he estimates that he has over 100,000 in his collection. Now he has amassed over 15,000 digital images on his I Phone. “It’s been wonderful,” he says. “It’s my life. Typically these images are of people I am interacting with or things I just see.”¬† Don’t miss this exhibit provided by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact¬†¬†¬†Ann Reagan at (940) 328-3201. The Old Jail Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Come out and join us for this interesting, informative exhibit at one of the best frontier museums, the Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum, Palo Pinto, Texas.
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June 1 – July 7, 2017

State Fair at the Old Jail Museum

By Barbara Manson

For anyone who has shown a sheep, pig or even a chicken with the 4H, this exhibit is sure to bring back vivid memories. For anyone who's ever attended a state fair, State Fair reminds us how much we still crave to go out and have real experiences beyond the fantasies we see on our computer. It shows that far from being an anachronism in the twenty-first century, state fairs are a vital, living tradition throughout America.

State Fair is a visual distillation of Arthur Grace's photographic odyssey through fairs in ten states—California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Time and again, regardless of geographical location, Grace's images deftly capture the strange mixture of the traditional, the kitsch, and the off-the-wall that is unique to these annual gatherings, which began as a celebration of rural American life and have evolved into super-sized extravaganzas. Whether the photographs show the beaming pride of 4-H egg champions, the intensity of a tattooed arm wrestler, or a forlorn alligator waiting to be "wrestled" in a wading pool, the authenticity of Grace's imagery is unmistakable. You can almost hear the shouts from the midway, smell the animals in the barns, and taste the cherry pie.(1)

"I couldn't help thinking that if aliens ever landed on earth and you only had a few hours to help them understand America, all you would have to do is take them to any state fair. For me, they are a microcosm of America—in all its glory and weirdness—at any given point in time." — Arthur Grace¬†

Don’t miss viewing this light hearted display. The show dates are Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, July 8.

This exhibit is   provided by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information or to arrange group visits, contact   Ann Reagan at (940) 328-3201). The Old Jail Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.    Come out and join us for this interesting, informative exhibit at one of the best frontier museums, the Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum, Palo Pinto, Texas.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs for use across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991. (1) Humanities

 

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June 3, 2017
Frontier Days and Old Settlers Reunion
Celebrating Palo Pinto County Old Settlers
10:00am - 3:00pm
Old Jail Museum Complex
All Day - Live Music and Living History Demostrations - doll making, sewing, quilting, spinning, whittling, flint knapping and more...

Tours of the Old Jail Museum Complex,and Log Cabins


June 24, 2017
First Annual Craft Cork and Fork
Supports Texas Frontier Trails  
Have a great time and help the community!  
Join us at the 1st Annual Craft Cork & Fork Sampling Festival      
‚ÄčPollard Park in Mineral Wells, TX¬† ¬†
5:30pm to 8:30pm
For event details, visit www.craftcorkandfork.com
 
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 December 14, 2017
Frontier Chrismas - Ten Year Celebration
Old Jail Museum Complex
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Old Fashioned Christmas

 

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