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Lubbock Cultural District Calendar

We want to keep you informed with cultural and entertainment events around the South Plains. Enjoy the events around Lubbock!


Science Spectrum Summer Camps 2017


Ages 4-5, 9:00am-12:00pm

$60 Members/ $69 Non-Members

Three day camps

Snack provided

  • July 11-13: Sci Art
  • July 18-20: Planet Pals
  • July 25-27: That Makes Sense!
  • August 1-3: Bubbleology
  • August 8-10: Legos in Space


Ages 6-8, 9:00am-3:00pm

$105 Members/ $120 Non-Members

Three day camps

Bring sack lunch

Snack provided

  • July 11-13: Robo Camp
  • July 18-20: 3rd Rock From the Sun
  • July 25-27: Make-It or Break-It
  • August 1-3: Go For Launch!
  • August 8-10: Partial Eclipse of the Sun


Ages 9-12, 9:00am-3:00pm

$105 Members/ $120 Non-Members

Three day camps

Bring sack lunch

Snack provided

  • July 11-13: Mystery at the Museum
  • July 18-20: Robo Camp
  • July 25-27: UnMaker Camp
  • August 1-3: We Have Liftoff!
  • August 8-10: Partial Eclipse of the Sun


Pre-registration and payment of camp fees required.

Call 806-745-2525 x234 to register, or go to for more info.

From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, June 29:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tours
10:30am – 11:00am
3121 4th Street
$5.00 fee per person.

With the passing of winter, trolley tours of the historic park will resume each Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis and will run through October.  Trolleys will not run during bad weather.

Mahon Library
Kindness Rocks
1306 9th Street
Free and open to the public
Please call 806.775.2634 for additional information

Grades 6-12 please.  Spread kindness by decorating rocks with encouraging messages.

Friday, June 30:  –

Cactus Theater
70’s Disco Daze:  A Tribute to Abba, Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Olivia Newton John
7:30 – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue

Tickets: $20; Standard Balcony:  $15;  Balcony Box Seats:  $40  Please call 806.762.3233 or visit our box office to purchase tickets.
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.
You may also purchase tickets by visiting this website:

Get ready to get down and fabulously funky in a time trip back to the height of the vinyl age as we present ’70s DISCO DAZE: A Cactus Tribute to ABBA, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John.  It’s a chance to revisit the greatest pop hits of the mid-to-late ’70s and the “dy-no-mite” vibe of polyester pantsuits, big collars and silk shirts!

We’ll channel the greatest hits of ABBA, the Brothers Gibb, the queen of disco herself – Donna Summer – and, yes….we’ll get physical with the music of Olivia Newton-John!

Confirmed performers include: Craig Elliott, Jeff Bailey, Angela Crowson and Gabriella Flores.

A song sampling of the mega-hits you’ll hear includes “Dancing Queen”, “Stayin’ Alive”, “Last Dance” and “Physical” among many more.

It’ll be a Friday night fun-fest as we churn the classics with your favorite Cactus vocalists – all backed by our movin’ and groovin’ masters of funky fun – The Rhythm Machine.

Come dressed in your disco best…it’ll be a total blast from the past!

Friday, June 30 – Saturday, July 1 :  –

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre
413 East Broadway
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center

Join the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals for its first show of the summer season!  Focusing on the escapades of orphan-teen, Tom, and his miscreant best-friend, Huckelberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, exhibits the power of friendship, young love and the merits of mischief.

Saturday, July 1: –

Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market
9:00am – 1:00pm
19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue
Free Admission and open to the public

It’s that time of year again! The Lubbock Farmers Market is back for another season. Start your Saturday mornings with fresh, locally grown produce, as well as crafts from other local vendors!  Our first market of the 2017 season is almost here! Visit the Downtown Farmers Market for a taste of the finest in local produce, meat, dairy, cheese, baked goods and arts.  The full 2017 market season will be every Saturday from June 3rd to October 28th from 9:00 AM until the vendors sell out. We look forward to seeing you every Saturday at the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at 19th Street & Buddy Holly Ave.

National Ranching Heritage Center
Ranch Host Saturdays
10:00am – 1:00pm
3121 4th Street          806.742.0498
Free Event and Open to the Public

Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with Ranch Hosts–volunteers dressed in period clothing that will talk about life during that period and the history of various structures throughout the park.

6th Annual La Raza on the Plaza
1:00pm – 11:00pm  (Gates open at 1:00pm)
904 Broadway Avenue
Pre-sale tickets: $15 in advance here:    Children 12 and under free  Tickets may also be purchased at Pronto Mart, Montelongo’s, Seminole Beer Barn in Seminole, Stop and Go in Lamesa.  All sales are final

Featuring:  AJ Castillo, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Gary Hobbs, Eddie Gonzalez
Including:  Sekreto, Bobby G and the Galaxy Band, DJ Sancho

Sunday, July 2:  –

4th on Broadway
First Annual Texas Country Freedom Festival Night 1
Lubbock County Courthouse
904 Broadway
Tickets:  one night pass $20.00; two night pass $35.00; available at, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet centers.

Music from William Clark Green, Randall King, Grant Gilbert

July 2nd Vendors

Now We Taco’n
Oasis Shaved Ice
Chilly Lillys
Papa Johns
Texas Steak Express
Pie’s Place


Thursday, June 29:  –

Backstage Lubbock
Open Mic Comedy
9:00pm – 10:30pm
1711 Texas Avenue

Blue Light
Boxcar Bandits
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:   $5.00 at the door

Buddy Holly Center Summer Showcase
Nuclear Juarez
5:30pm – 7:30pm
1801 Crickets Avenue
Free event and open to the public

Band members are:

Gus Wanner – Guitars

Mike Pittman – Bass

Brian Parrish – Drums and Percussion

The evening will include:

  • Children’s activities
  • Cash Bar
  • Food truck fare (only beverages purchased onsite will be allowed in the courtyard)


No pets will be allowed in the Meadows Courtyard. (Service animals are welcome.)

For more than 17 years, the Summer Showcase has offered original music that is free for families and the general public to enjoy.

McPherson Cellars Patio Nights
Mark Wallney and Darren Welch
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1615 Texas Avenue           806.687.9463
Free and Open to the Public

Food Truck:  Now we Taco’n
Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Danny Cadra
4:30pm – 6:30pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Zach Shepherd
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Jim Dixon
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue     806.771.6555
No Cover Charge

Friday, June 30:  –

Backstage Lubbock
“ranney” Comedy Show
1711 Texas Avenue           806.687.2034
Tickets:  $5.00

Blue Light
Mike McClure
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:   $8.00 at the door

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Danny Cadra
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Steve Williams and Cary Banks
6:30 – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue     806.771.6555
No Cover Charge
Saturday, July 1:  –

Blue Light
Jon Young Band and Shane Rogers Band
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets are $5.00 at the door

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Kenny Maines
7:00 – 10:00pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue     806.771.6555
No cover charge

Sunday, July 2  –

Blue Light will be closed July 2 – July 4.


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 WIND POWER CENTER, 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 scare foot mural depicting the history of windmills.  Years represented by the windmills range from one manufactured in 1867 to two moder 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 you 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.


Illuminance, a national competitive biennial competitive photography show, featuring work in response to a theme. The exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery from June 2 through July 22, 2017.

The theme for this year’s show is A Musical View, chosen by Juror Brett L. Erickson. The theme explores the long-standing relationship between music and photography, and invited photographers to explore the intercourse of tone, color and image, in all its powerful permutations.

Juror Brett L. Erickson is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has been shown in locations such as London, England; Laguna Beach, California; Kamloops, British Colombia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; SoHo, New York and Berlin, Germany.

Participating artists for this year’s Illuminance include: Kristina Arafat, Megan Betteridge, Emmitt Booher, Linda Duffy, Carol Flueckiger, George S. Gati, Steve Goff, Manuel Gonzales, Melinda Green Harvey, Chris Hanoch, Naomi Hill, Craig Kelley, Amy Kim, Michelle Kott, Ann McDonald, Sherry Peña, Lindsey Phillips, April Pilley, Thelma Pilley, Donna Rose, Melany Sarafis, Fran Sherpa, Casey Smith, Christena Stephens, Beckwith Thompson, Ashton Thornhill, Mitchell Wachtel and Jocelyn Young.


The Buddy Holly Center is partnering with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, to open a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery beginning 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.


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.






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

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. Closed on University Holidays.  Closed between semesters.


Gail E. Dentler:  MAE Capstone Exhibition
Through July 6, 2017
Art Building South Gallery

Artists of Summer I
June 16 – July 21, 2017
Art Building Studio Gallery

Features Tech faculty artists teaching during the early summer program at the Lubbock campus.

Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition
through July 30th
Art Building Landmark Gallery

Mission of Landmark Arts
To promote fine arts growth and development in our community through a comprehensive program of exhibitions, symposia and workshops, publications, and hands-on experience with working artists.  As a component of the Texas Tech University School of Art, the strength of the program is in the integration of academic, professional and real-world experience afforded by its broad association with the University and the Lubbock Community of arts supporters.

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

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall


Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
Ice Cream, You Scream
June 2 – July 29, 2017

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery features “Ice Cream, You Scream”, a group exhibition celebrating the sweet days and cool delights of summer. This exhibition highlights 20 artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, photography, and video.

Curated  by:  Maisie Alford

Maisie Marie Alford
Cody Arnall
Victoria Marie Bee
Harrison Brooks
Shannon Cannings
William Cannings
Alberto Careaga
John Chinn
Carol Cunningham
Hannah Dean
Glenn Downing
B.C. Gilbert
Scotty Hensler
James W. Johnson
Chisum Justus
Lindsey Maestri
Erika Pochybova
Victoria Shields
Bruce Lee Webb
Jeff F. Wheeler

John F. Lott Gallery   *ends Saturday*
The Factory Shorts: Selected Projects From ART4358 Motion Graphics
June 2 – July 1, 2017

John F. Lott Gallery features The Factory Shorts: Selected Projects From ART4358 Motion Graphics. A collaborative exhibition of some of the best projects produced by graphic design students of Francisco Ortega in the School of Art’s Motion Graphics class. Conceptually developed and carefully crafted in Adobe Flash, these short-timed gems have something for all audiences.

List of Students:
Kamryn Cammack
Mystie Do
Sarah Freitag
Bryden Hurley
Lee Ico
Hilda Ramirez
Rachel Townsend
Joshua Wells
Nathan Wells
Caitlin Alvarez
Carson Bahr
Keisha Flores
Gahye Lee
Joseph Nevarez
Luis Sahagun
Braylon Wiley

Martin McDonald Gallery   *ends Saturday*
Diane Doty, Synaptic Misfire and Migration
May 5 – July 1, 2017

A current series of paintings and drawings centering around daily observations, layering of thought and our natural world­.

Artist’s Statement
My artwork is a combination of drawing and painting. Trained in both the traditional and experimental methods of drawing and painting, I find the line between areas in art is often thin and vague.  As our world becomes more connected through technology and communication our academics also become more intertwined. Ornithology has been one of the driving forces behind my work for many years. I combine my love of birds and the natural world with my personal narratives and social agendas.

I often utilize an isolation of figure(s) for visual interest and emphasis of idea. This I believe is a direct result of growing up on the Llano Estacado where the sky is a celebrated and enveloping force in everyday life for many. It is also tightly connected to the practice of meditation and belief in the importance of clarity of mind and body.

My process involves a lengthy layering of paint and medium to create the ground for the images. I often use a large image or grouping of subject matter in connection with areas of smaller more delicate drawings. This serves to create a juxtaposition of ideas and to draw the viewer in and extend the involvement. I firmly believe that good art is an experience and requires effort and time spent on the part of the viewer. Activities like creating artwork, writing, birding, hiking and meditation can alter the way in which we see the world and shape our ideas about daily life and current events. This series combines drawing and painting on wood panels or canvas and focuses on the connection between the natural world as defined by society and our daily existence within the confines of society, domesticity and power.

3301 Fourth Street                 806.742.2432
TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; Seniors (ages 65 & up) $3.00; University Students/Faculty/Staff $3.00 with valid ID; Kids (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.

June 16 – 30


2:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd’s The Wall
52 minutes


  • In the Flesh
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  1. Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  2. Hey You
  3. Comfortably Numb
  4. Stop
  5. The Trial
  6. Run Like Hell


3:30 pm – Realm of Light


12:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd’s The Wall
2:00 pm – Realm of Light


2:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd’s The Wall
3:30 pm – Realm of Light


11:30 am – Seasonal Stargazing: Summer and Fall
2:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd’s The Wall
3:30 pm – Realm of Light


2:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd’s The Wall
3:30 pm – Realm of Light


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


Opens June 2017 through December 2017
Texas Tech University, with the generous support of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, have constructed an educational digital tool that introduces Texas high school students to the story of the Holocaust, that honors the heroism of our Texas soldiers who fought in WWII, but that also continues the important work of remembering this incredibly dark time in history.  The project includes not only the making of an app, but also a web resource page, the publication of a display quality book by Texas Tech University Press, and now also an exhibit that will feature all aspects of the work but will truly spotlight the stories of 21 of these Texas Veteran Liberators.

The museum exhibit, which will open in late summer and be on display until December will not only provide a context for Second World War, a history of the Holocaust and the Liberation, but will offer an interactive, engaged experience of walking between 21 free-standing panels, each one honoring a Texas Liberator featured in this project.  The exhibit will feature an Honor Roll – a wall with the names of over 300 Liberators the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission have recovered in their efforts to record and educate a wider public on the history of holocaust and genocide in the past and the present.

Opens April 21, 2017
The exhibition includes seventeen paintings created by Ken Dixon between 2000 and 2012. Dixon, a professor emeritus of the School of Art of Texas Tech University, has steadfastly explored the intersections of chaos theory, geology, neuroscience, landscape history and art history. His paintings fuse these varied disciplines into composite layers upon layers of overlapping images that reward thoughtful viewing.

Of particular interest in this exhibition is a group of paintings that exemplify Dixon’s ongoing investigations of the 19th century American landscape painters know as the Hudson River School. Dixon has made numerous trips to the northeastern United States to study the existing landscape of that region and compare his observations with paintings of the same locations painted in the mid 1800s. The exhibition also shares Dixon’s writings about his visits to the various sites.

All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Museum of Texas Tech University’s art collection and were donated in the last several years.

February – July 2017
Lee captured life in this small Catron County town in 1940. At the time Lee was a 36-year-old photographer for the Historical Section of the U. S. Farm Security Administration (FSA. The previous year he photographed the towns of Questa and Costilla in northern New Mexico, and it was while returning to that area that Lee heard of Pie Town.

The Pie Town photos helped establish Russell Lee’s reputation as a documentary photographer. The majority of his images were in black–and-white, but he also used some color Kodachrome slide film. Although Lee took over 600 images of Pie Town, only 72 were in color.

Thirty-seven of Russell Lee’s iconic color photographs of Pie Town, N.M. will be on display through July 2017 at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

The images in the show were reproduced at the museum on a large-format printer, several of them as large as 48 by 35 inches.

Lee captured life in this small Catron County town in 1940. At the time Lee was a 36-year-old photographer for the Historical Section of the U. S. Farm Security Administration (FSA. The previous year he photographed the towns of Questa and Costilla in northern New Mexico, and it was while returning to that area that Lee heard of Pie Town.

A traveler passing through the small community might not realize they are visiting a very historic place. Perched at about 7,800 feet just west of the Continental Divide in northeastern Catron County, Pie Town remains a fairly remote community – just as it was when Russell Lee first came to town.

Russell and his new bride Jean Lee visited Pie Town several times between the spring and fall of 1940. Lee photographed every facet of life in Pie Town, which reminded him of an old frontier town – a place where homesteaders still proved up their land, where many lived in rough log homes, where a daily stage kept contact with the outside world, and where a tight-knit community pulled together to socialize and survive.

Lee’s photographs were published in October 1941 in a U.S. Camera article entitled “Life on the American Frontier – 1941 Style”. They attracted a lot of attention, and helped establish Lee’s career as a documentary photographer. Neither Lee nor Pie Town would ever be the same.

The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was a successor to the Resettlement Administration (RA), formed in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to pull the nation from the Great Depression. The head of the Historical Section of the FSA was Roy Stryker, who assembled a photographic team that became a “Who’s Who?” of American photojournalism – including Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Russell Lee. Their task was to publicize and gain support for FSA programs to fight rural poverty. But their iconic images have since come to symbolize the Depression era, and are what the FSA is mostly remembered for today.

Born in Ottawa, Illinois, and trained as a chemical engineer, Russell Werner Lee (1903-1986) was blessed with an artistic nature and an inquiring mind. Finding himself bored with chemical engineering, Lee tried his hand as a painter in 1929. He purchased a 35mm Contax camera in 1935 to assist his painting and drafting, but soon found himself totally immersed in photography.

The Pie Town photos helped establish Russell Lee’s reputation as a documentary photographer. The majority of his images were in black–and-white, but he also used some color Kodachrome slide film. Although Lee took over 600 images of Pie Town, only 72 were in color.

February 2 – August 31, 2017
Futurescapes asks viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions.

Contemplating the future—or possible futures—may summon images of the classic films Metropolis or Blade Runner, to name only two. It may conjure thoughts of the Rapture. It may make one smile with pleasure as the first driverless cars hit the road under the auspices of Über. We are endlessly reminded of (or threatened in the name of) our responsibilities to our grandchildren, to our alma maters, to our planet. What we put off today will have repercussions the day after tomorrow.  The future is a central concept for human life and plays an outsize role in politics, religion, economics—indeed across most fields that structure our thinking. The very unknowability of the future renders it a supremely powerful concept for motivating human action in the present.

FUTUREscapes explores this theme by asking viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions. Research data, including your input, can be found through  and helps us better understand perspectives.

Open through December 2017
Explorium Gallery

For everyone who wonders why Lubbock is so windy in the spring, how it can be shorts weather in February and parka weather in March or what causes tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards to hit where they do, come to the Museum of Texas Tech University. Visitors will find these answers and more in a fun, interactive new exhibit that explains how weather begins and how it all works.


Hint: It all starts with the sun and the rotation of the Earth.


How Weather Works: Understanding Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm opens Sunday (June 26) and allows visitors of all ages to start at the sun, create atmospheric pressure, explore the Earth’s spin and the jet stream and learn about the many powerful aspects of storms such as tornadoes, haboobs, hail and lightning. The exhibit includes a section on how chaos, or altering one or many components of the atmosphere, can affect weather.

The exhibit showcases research led by Brian Ancell, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group, who received an Early CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition to educator resource kits for local teachers and weather summer camps for middle school-age children, he coordinated with the museum to create this exhibit, which brings weather down to eye level and highlights how human activity can affect weather patterns.

“The driving research focuses on inadvertent weather modification, or how human activities such as irrigation, wind farms and urban heat islands can change the weather non-locally, or far away from the source,” Ancell said.


The exhibit is split into two sections. The first covers the basic atmospheric principles that create weather, starting from the sun and the rotation of the Earth and ending with small-scale weather features like thunderstorms. Visitors will get to stand between the Earth and the sun and take temperature readings with an infrared gun, then learn how the uneven heating of the tilted Earth creates atmospheric pressure, which then creates wind. They also will explore the Coriolis Effect, which explains how the Earth’s rotation leads to the jet stream and how weather systems work.


Visitors then move into a simulated immersive storm experience and learn about the formation of tornadoes, thunder, lightning, hail and dust storms, with a weather alert broadcast in the background and motion-activated thunderstorm above.


The second part of the exhibit discusses chaos and inadvertent weather modification, which is the focus of Ancell’s research. Visitors will use a Plinko board representing the Texas-Louisiana coastline to show how minute variations can alter the path of pucks representing hurricanes.


This section also looks at how wind turbines remove energy from the atmosphere and how this affects the wind patterns. It will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibit as Ancell continues his research.


“Chaos is the reason why small changes to the atmosphere, such as those resulting from irrigation or wind farms, can grow to be large, modifying larger scale weather features well away from the changes in the first place,” Ancell said.


Lubbock Gallery

An “up from the basement” exhibition from the Museum’s collections.  Photographs from the WWII era pertaining to Lubbock.

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 such as 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.


Art created in Central and South America before the 15th century is referred to
as Pre-Columbian art, which is artwork created before the voyage of Christopher
Columbus in 1492. Pre-Columbian cultures believed in many different deities
(gods) who controlled all aspects of life and nature. In this gallery, there are
a variety of objects made by the historical people of Colombia and Panama.
Ranging from sparkling beads and shiny gold, to earthy pots and figures, the
items in this gallery had great meaning in Pre-Columbian culture. Some items
had a practical use, like for drinking, and some were important reminders of
symbols, such as opposing forces like good vs. evil.

Rededicated in 2005, many of the interesting artifacts in the Diekemper gallery of Pre-Columbian Art were donated by Ray J. Diekemper Jr. and Lou Dunn Diekemper.
Ray attended Stanford and Harvard before moving to Lubbock, TX. He becamean independent oil operator, and he and his wife became active members of the Lubbock community participating in organizations such as the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Lubbock Economic Council, YWCA, Women’s Protective Services, Junior League of Lubbock, the Science Spectrum board, and both were founding members of the South Plains Food Bank. Ray passed away in 1999. Lou Dunn Diekemper is still a generous benefactor of both Lubbock and Texas Tech University.

Groups living in Pre-Columbian times made pottery for many reasons.
They made vessels of all sizes and shapes using a coil method: building the walls from a long string of clay before smoothing them out and adding pictures or shapes.  All the pottery that you see here was made by hand. Pre-Columbian cultures did not have the modern techniques that we have today. They decorated their pottery by incising (carving) designs onto the clay and painting them with minerals they found in their area.

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 masters 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.
The new summer operating hours for the NRHC are 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance to the historical park will close each day 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.



“Across Time and Territory: the National Ranching Heritage Center Story,” is a permanent exhibit covering the walls of the Don and Kay Cash Reception Hall. Material in the exhibition is present in a mural form with 3-D enhancements. Also in this area are two touch-screen monitors featuring attractive photographs of the structures in the historical park, presented in a virtual tour format, along with educational information about each building, available in both English and Spanish suitable for adults and children.

The exhibit title – “Writers of the Purple Sage” – is a word play on Zane Grey’s famous novel, “Riders of the Purple Sage.”  Published in 1912, the novel set the pattern for the modern Western and sold over a million copies.

Owen Wister, who wrote “The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains,” had his 1902 novel form the basis of four movies and a television series.  Wister’s novel defined the Western genre and paved the way for such authors as Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry, all of whom are represented in this exhibit.

Writers such as Willa Cather, J. Evetts Haley, Tom Lea and Elmer Kelton, to name a few, allowed every one of their readers a chance to experience the American West as it once was or might have been.  Written in ordinary language about ordinary people and places, Western literature has become an important part of our national literary scope.

The permanent collection of the NRHC includes a wide range of Western and ranch-related books, many of which are first edition signed manuscripts that will be part of this exhibit.

The Blue Stevens Gallery is home to a collection of items that have been donated to the NRHC over the past several months. This Gallery features changing content as new items are donated to the NRHC.

An exhibit that examines the history and development of the lever-action rifle from its earliest form. The exhibit also features lever-action firearms from the NRHC collections.

A selection of saddles from the Texas Cattle Raisers Museum collection.

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.3749
General Hours:  Monday-Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
March 1 – September 1, 2017
Coke Stevenson was born in 1888 in Mason County, Texas. He owned a freight-line at 16, rose from janitor to bank president, and passed the bar exam and practiced law for more than 60 years, with only 22 months of formal education. He served two terms as Kimble County Attorney and County Judge before his election to the Texas House of Representatives, becoming its first two-term Speaker. He was twice elected Lieutenant Governor, and Governor in August 1941, serving two terms during World War II. Known as “Mr. Texas,” after the war Stevenson ran for U.S. Senate against Lyndon B. Johnson, but lost in the infamous “Voting Box #13” run-off. He returned to his law practice, friends and ranch until his death on June 28, 1975. His family donated the Gov. Coke Stevenson and Marguerite King Heap Collection to Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

December 2016 – September 2017

December 7th, 1941:  The Seventy-fifth Anniversary
Oral Histories of people who were at Pearl Harbor and tattered flag loaned to the Museum.  This flag was actually on the top of a ship 75 years ago.  Forty-eight star World War II navy battle flag is courtesy of Howard Mercer, Signalman aboard LCI(M) 353 assault ship. The ship’s commander ordered Mercer to lower this flag and hoist a new one after receiving news of the Japanese surrender.

A new exhibit in the Coronelli Rotunda at the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library commemorates this pivotal event in American history and features excerpts from oral histories and manuscripts permanently housed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.

Chris Oglesby collection, exhibit now at SWC/SCL 

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 and Outreach team of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates both in-house and traveling exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

In-house exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits at the Texas Tech Visitor Center, Lubbock City Hall, 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

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.

More Information about the Teachers’ Resources Web


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.

More about the Vietnam Graffiti Project


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 [VA050136]

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

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

Ongoing Exhibits:

Rick Vanderpool  – The Cross in America – Photography Series – ongoing

Greg Goodnight – Reclaiming the Land – Woodsculpture – through May
Donna Rose – A Walk in the Woods (new photography exhibit)  May – October 2017
West Texas Watercolor Society People’s Choice winners – Splash of Red – ongoing

Linda Adkins – Heirloom Jewelry Expressions


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  11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday    11:00am – 2:00pm
*We work next door in the shop and are happy to open the gallery anytime during the day.
Larry Simmons (806) 441-8564
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

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.

Baron Batch originals and prints:


27th Annual Fourth on Broadway Events:  –

Saturday, July 1:  –

Amigos La Raza on the Plaza
2:00pm; Gates open at 1:00pm
Texas Avenue in front of the Lubbock County Courthouse
Tickets:  $15 advanced tickets available at
2 and under free.  Tickets are on sale at the above website, Montelongo’s, Pronto Mart, Seminole Beer Barn, Stop and Go in Lamesa.
Music from AJ Castillo, Eddie Gonzalez, David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales, Gary Hobbs, Sekreto, DJ Sancho ,Bobby G & The Galaxy Band.



Sunday, July 2:  –

LubbockApartments.Com Texas Country Freedom Fest Night 1
7:30pm; Gates open at 7:00pm
Lubbock County Courthouse
904 Broadway
Tickets:  one night pass $20.00; two night pass $35.00; available at, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet centers.

Music from William Clark Green, Randall King, Grant Gilbert

July 2nd Vendors

Now We Taco’n
Oasis Shaved Ice
Chilly Lillys
Papa Johns
Texas Steak Express
Pie’s Place

Monday, July 3:  –


LubbockApartments.Com Texas Country Freedom Fest Night 2
7:30pm; Gates open at 7:00pm
Lubbock County Courthouse
904 Broadway
Tickets:  one night pass $20.00; two night pass $35.00; available at, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet centers.

Randy Rogers Band, Dalton Domino and Shotgun Rider

Additional information at

July 3rd Vendors

Now We Taco’n
Courtyard by Marriott
Chilly Lillys
Papa Johns
Texas Steak Express
Pie’s Place


Tuesday, July 4:  –

West Texas Endurance Yankee Doodle Dash
6:30am – 9:00am
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27
Each entry gets a ticket to the street dance on July 3rd.
Participants and volunteers can register here:

4th on Broadway is a treasured tradition for families on the South Plains. Go back in time to the Spirit of 1776 with the Yankee Doodle Dash (5K and 1 Mile) that will take you along the parade route.  The Sparkler Sprint (100 Yard Dash – free for kids 6-12) will have the children kicking up some fireworks between the crowds as they line the streets before the parade.

We know this will become a tradition for years to come in Lubbock as you celebrate with your family and friends during the 4th on Broadway festivities!

PetSmart Charities Pet Adoption Event
8:00am – 4:00pm
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27

Broadway Festivals is proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to bring you a massive pet adoption event in Mackenzie Park.  Come out and make a new furry friend for life! Those interested should be sure to bring a pet addendum/permission note if you are renting your property. Pet adoptions run on average $150, this includes your new pet’s complete shots, spay or neutering, microchipping and complete medical records. New adoptions will go home with a special PetSmart Charities adoption bag.


Sonic Drive-In Parade
9:00am – 11:00am
The parade will begin at Avenue M, then East on Broadway, then North into Mackenzie Park on Cesar Chavez Drive, through the park ending at Joyland parking area.
Free Event and open to the public

Help us celebrate Independence Day and live up to this year’s theme “Lubbock, the Friendliest City in America” with our 27th annual parade!

Classic Car Show

9:00am – 3:00pm
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27


Join us at Mackenzie Park for our First Annual Classic Car Show! Come stroll through the lineup and see the dream cars of 20th century America and cast your vote for your favorite!

Learning Tree Children’s Academy Kids Area hosted by Texas Children’s Association
10:00am – 7:00pm
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27

Bring out the family for tons of FREE kid’s activities! Inflatables, spider wall, games and more!

UMC Health System Early Settlers Luncheon
10:30am – 2:00pm
American Wind Power Center
1701 Canyon Lake Drive
Tickets:  Purchase tickets in advance for the Early Settlers Luncheon celebrating the history of Lubbock.  Tickets are $15.00 and includes parking, meal, entertainment, and tour.  Please call 806.775.8760 to purchase tickets and for additional information.  Tickets will not be available at the door.  Tickets sales end June 29th.

The luncheon will feature catering by River Smith’s and entertainment by Pride of West Texas Show Choir.

10:30am – 2:00pm  Tour Museum
11:30am  West Texas Show Choir
12:00pm  Lunch catered by River  Smith’s
12:30pm  Jim Bertram talk on the creation of Canyon Lakes
1:30pm    Recognize Early Settlers
2:00pm    Event ends

Daytime Music in the Park
10:30am – 5:00pm
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27
Free Event and open to the public

Two major outdoor stages will feature the best of West Texas music, Kids, Tejano and Singer/Songwriter stages under tents. Also new this year will be music under the trees.


United Supermarkets/Civic Lubbock Inc.’s
Lubbock Music Now Stage
Hosted by: Rock 101.1
Location: Stage #1
11:30 AM – Fellow Americans
1:30 PM –  Ryan Garza Band
3:30 PM – Caleb Jude Green Band
4:30 PM – Classic Car Show Awards
4:45 PM – Derek Bohl Band

FiberMax’s Texas Country Concert Stage
Hosted By: Red-Dirt Rebel 105.3
Location: Stage #2
10:30 AM – Shotgun Rider
12:30 PM – Hogg Maulies
2:30 PM – Grant Gilbert Band

Tejas Motors’ Tejano Stage
Hosted by: Magic 106.5 & Telemundo
Location: Stage #3
11:00 AM – Mariachi Los Matadores de Texas Tech
12:15 PM – Bobby Gonzalez Band
2:00 PM – Pura Vida
3:15 PM – Los Pibes

Hugo Reed & Associates’ Caldwell Kids Stage
Hosted by: Fox 34
Location: Stage #4
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Students of Caldwell Kid’s Entertainment

The Blue Light Live’s Singer/Songwriter Stage
Hosted by: Mix 100.3
Location: Stage #5
10:45 AM – Jim Dixon, Jerry Serrano, Ryan Garza
12:15 PM – Caleb Jude Green, Gerald Salzarulo, Derek Bohl
1:45 PM – Drew Cypert, Dave Martinez, Hannah Jackson & Ray Espinosa
3:15 PM – Zach Sadberry, Dylan Jones, Jeff Dennis

Music Under the Trees
Hosted by: Mix 100.3
Location: Stage #6
11:00 AM – Hub City Jazz Orchestra
12:00 PM – Westwinds Brass Band
1:00 PM – Pride of West Texas Show Chorus
2:00 PM – Mariachi Los Matadores de Texas Tech
3:00 PM – Ballet Folklorico Nuestra Herencia

FirstCare Youth Fishing Tournament  hosted by Cabela’s
11:00am – 3:30pm
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27
Pre-registration available at   No permits required.

Pack up your tackle box and fishing poles and bring the kids out to Mackenzie Park for a fun and free youth fishing tournament. We will be stocking the lake with 650 lbs of catfish and fishing permit requirements will be waived. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught, smallest fish caught and most fish caught in each category, 7 & under, 8-12 and 13-18. Participants are encouraged to bring their own poles and fishing supplies, but Cabela’s will be on site with tackle, bobbers and fishing poles (supplies limited). Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught, smallest fish caught, and the most fish caught in each category, 7 & under, 8-12 and 13-18. Winners will be announced on stage at 4:45pm.


Riversmith’s Catfish and Cherry Cobbler Eating Contests

Mackenzie Park
301 I-27
Free registration.  For information or to sign up for the contests go to


Ever wonder how much catfish or cobbler someone could eat in ten minutes? Want to find out? Come out and watch as people try to go to for the gold or accept the challenge yourself at our Riversmith’s Eating Contest! Adult (18 & up) categories for catfish and cherry cobbler competitions. This event will also feature a special kids category! Kids 12 and under and invited to accept the challenge as well with our Kid’s Cherry Cobbler Gobbler Eating Contest! Watch as kids compete to gobble up their 12 ounce piece of cherry cobbler the fastest, without using their hands! Prizes will be awarded for 1st-3rd in all categories


Covenant and First Bank & Trust’s Evening Concert
Reagor Dykes Mitsubishi Fireworks Extravaganza
Concert:  7:00pm – 10:00pm
Fireworks:  10:00pm – 10:27pm
Mackenzie Park
301 I-27
Free Event and open to the public

For the first time since the rain out in 2010, Broadway Festivals is bringing back our dynamic, state of the art, major evening concert production featuring the finest contemporary artists in West Texas and the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestras. Finish out the night with our Reagor Dykes Fireworks Extravaganza that’s bigger than ever and once again choreographed to the music of the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Raffle:  –

Buy a raffle ticket and help keep the 4th on Broadway free! Purchase either 1 ticket for $10.00 or 12 for $100.00.  The winner will be announced at the evening concert July 4th and you not need to be present to win. Link on our website to purchase tickets:   You could win an autographed Garth Brooks guitar.

Check out items from all of our great food and craft vendors:  –

Texas Steak Express – Lubbock North
Papa John’s Pizza
The Escape Kitchen
Optimist Club of Lubbock, Texas
H&L Concessions
Now We Taco’N
Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo
Just Dunn Poppin Kettle Korn
Cooper Concessions
Crazy John’s Shaved Ice
Auxiliary to Lubbock Professional Firefighters Local 972
Soldiers of God Ministry
Pineapple Hut
Frosty Treats
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
Woodys Brick Oven Pizza and Grill
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Pittman’s Academy of Martial Arts
Durham School Services
Terra Bella Salon
J Lilli & Company
DeVine DeSigns
Cheon’s Tiger Martial Arts
Texas South Plains Honor Flight
Payment 1 Financial
Cleartalk Wireless
KR Communications
Dave’s Custom Carts

Monday, July 3:  –

Cactus Theater
All Hands on Deck – National Tour – Patriotic Spectacular straight from Branson
7:30 – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue

Tickets: $30; Standard Balcony:  $25;  Balcony Box Seats:  $60  Please call 806.762.3233 or visit our box office to purchase tickets.   *Limited number of VIP $40.00 tickets pre-show meet and greet.  Limited number of handicapped floor seats are $25.00
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.
You may also purchase tickets by visiting this website:

The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show was born of a heart filled with gratitude and patriotism. Creator and star Jody Madaras wanted to write a show that would say “Thank you” to the greatest generation – the men and women who served our country during WWII and The Korean Conflict — and also remind Americans of a time when our country was truly united.

Madaras said, “This new 1940’s show is very special to me — I spent nearly four years writing it.” The Ohio farm boy knew he wanted to say something important. Madaras used the Hollywood Victory Caravan — a group of famous film stars who toured America by train in 1942 selling war bonds — as the setting for his new show. “When I got the idea to do the show, one of the things I found was that no one had ever done a show based on the Caravan. It was a huge part of the war effort and no one had ever fully honored them.”

“1942 was one of the most pivotal years in world history paving the way for much of the prosperity we enjoy in this great country of ours. That’s our theme: being united, then and now.”

“We are reminded everyday that our country has challenges. I wanted to write about patriotic unity, what’s right about our country, and thank our veterans in a musical way. I know how much these songs mean to them, and I have discovered as we have toured across America how much they inspire audiences of all ages. I want everyone to leave our show feeling a little better and happier about our country.” – Jody Madaras
Madaras’ strong patriotism is credited in large part to his family. His grandmother June was extremely active in the American Legion Auxiliary. “Growing up with Grandma, we always listened to these songs. She was very proud of the United States and believed we are at our best when we are united. Her handwriting is in this show.” His grandfather, Adolph “Duff” immigrated through Ellis Island from Hungary in 1911, and proudly served as an officer in the US Navy in WWII.

In a family of great Americans lives great patriotism, reverence, gratitude, honor, and integrity. Madaras has masterfully crafted together those values into a production that takes us all on a sentimental, and truly inspirational, journey.

The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show premiered in 2011 in Perrysburg, Ohio. Madaras said it was a “complete surprise that so many people came to the show in Perrysburg. I had a simple idea worth trying, and the audiences’ response was overwhelming.”

Saturday, August 12:  –

Lubbock Arts Alliance
Presents:  The Maines Brothers Band Live in concert
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  will go on sale Monday, May 1st:  Ticket prices: $45 below the breezeway (excluding service fee) and $35 above the breezeway (excluding service fee). , 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.
To celebrate 51 years of making music, all the original members of The Maines Brothers Band are back together for a one-night only concert singing their favorite hits including “Break the Fall” and “Amarillo Highway.”

Join Steve Maines, Kenny Maines, Lloyd Maines, Donnie Maines, Jerry Brownlow, Richard Bowden, Cary Banks, Joe Piland, La Tronda Moyers and other family members for this memorable event!

12:00 – 1:00pm
Lubbock County Courthouse Gazebo
904 Broadway
Free event and open to the public

The High Noon Concert series will feature live local music, food trucks and a good time.  Family oriented.
July 5th:   John Sprott-Blues/Rock

July 12th:  Dustin & Kristi Garrett-Country/Oldies

July 19th:  “The TriTones”- Pop and Country Hits

July 26th:   K-Strings-Fiddle Music

August 2nd:   D.G. Flewellyn-Singer/Songwriter

August 9th:   Kenny Maines-Singer/Songwriter

August 16th:  Steven Shedd-Blues/Soul

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