Date: August 23, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a dinner at the National Ranching Heritage Center at 6 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 27).

The anniversary dinner will also mark the opening of a new exhibit called “Icon: The Legend and Legacy of William Curry Holden.” The exhibit will spotlight the life of Holden, a professor and administrator during Texas Tech's early years.

Holden was a nationally recognized expert in history, anthropology, archaeology and ethnography. He established the West Texas Museum, a precursor to today's Museum of Texas Tech University. He also helped found the Department of History and Anthropology, served as the dean of the Graduate School and helped establish the Southwest Collection.

The dinner event will also include live music by Andy Wilkinson and a cash bar.

Following dinner, a keynote address will be presented by B. Byron Price, the director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West. He earned his master's degree in museum science from Texas Tech and has written numerous books, articles and monographs. Price received the Governor’s Arts Award in Oklahoma in 1994 and Texas' American Cowboy Culture Award in 1999.

Tickets are available for $25 each. For more information on this event please contact Lynn Whitfield at (806) 742-3749.