Texas Tech Library Schedules Three Exhibits

Date: February 10, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK –The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University will feature three exhibits in conjunction with an upcoming conference at Lubbock's Science Spectrum museum.

The Natural History and the Art and Literature of Place Conference is scheduled Feb. 17-18. It will include a variety of speakers and experts from around the world and focus on region-based research that delves into history, environment, art and literature. While many of the conference's exhibits and speakers will spotlight the High Plains, other topics will range from the American Southwest to the English countryside.

"Icon: The Legend and Legacy of William Curry Holden" is a 30-panel, graphically designed exhibit. It focuses on Holden, a longtime professor of history, anthropology and archaeology who served Texas Tech in many capacities and was instrumental in developing countless programs at the university over several decades.

Among other topics, the colorful exhibit includes panels focused on Holden's archaeology field programs; the 1934 Yaqui Expedition to Mexico; his publications "Teresita" and "Hill of the Rooster"; his education and early days at Texas Tech; and the integral role he played in the creation and development of the Southwest Collection, Lubbock Lake Landmark site, Ranching Heritage Center, and the Museum of Texas Tech University.

The second exhibit, "Winds across the Llano," discusses the semi-arid nature of the Llano Estacado, the need for water to encourage ranching and farming in the region and attempts to harness the wind using windmills and other devices. The exhibit depicts the desolate and lonely places of the High Plains and how early settlers differed in how they dealt with their circumstances.

"Land and People" is a cooperative venture co-sponsored by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech and the Hamilton Park Fund with contributions from the Terry County Heritage Museum and Terry County Historical Commission.

The exhibit is introduced by library photographs on farming, ranching and the beginning of higher education in West Texas. From the land and its flora and fauna to law and order, from ranching and farming to religion, business, oil and gas, the remainder of the exhibit is an important tribute to the men and women who settled Terry County and the Llano Estacado.

CONTACT: Jeff Whitley, director of communications and marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-3685, or e-mail jeff.whitley@ttu.edu.