Texas Tech Staff Assist on New Historical Series
April 27, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 25, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
LUBBOCK – Staff members from Texas Tech University helped bring a new PBS history
series to life.
History Professor Alwyn Barr, Architecture Professor John White, Texas Tech University
Museum Curator of History Henry Crawford, National Ranching Heritage Center Curator
Robin Crawford and National Ranching Heritage Center Executive Director Jim Pfluger
all served as consultants for "Texas Ranch House," an eight-part series that will
premiere on PBS early next month.
The series focuses on a group of average people who set out to learn what Texas ranching
was like in the 1860s by actually running a ranch using period tools, technology and
The show's participants have been asked to reveal few details about the program until
after it premieres, but Henry Crawford said that the consultants helped guide the
historical development of the show's scenarios and participated in a "boot camp" for
the program's cast members to teach them how to live and work in a frontier environment.
"An additional role I had was portraying a buffalo soldier on camera to help tell
the story of the U.S. Army's presence on the Texas frontier after the Civil War,"
said Crawford. "I helped arrange for other buffalo soldier re-enactors for the Army
scenarios, and we appear in two episodes."
Pfluger also served as one of the evaluators who graded the participants on how well
they accomplished the tasks and met the challenges and expectations of the experience.
He appears on camera with the other evaluators in the last episode.
Crawford said the program's producers were very interested in making certain that
everything on the show was historically accurate.
"Rarely did a day go by when an e-mail didn't come from one of the producers asking
about types of saddles, historical chronology, lifestyles, illness, the proper type
of lighting device or the like," Crawford said. "Once the shooting began, until well
into post-production, we continued to field specific historical questions and were
asked our opinions on many issues. The producers always made sure our opinions were
heard, and 95% of the time, I believe our advice was followed."
The series will air locally on KTXT-TV (PBS) Channel 5, Cox Cable channel 4 Monday
through Thursday, May 1-4, 8-10 p.m. The website for the series is located at http://www.pbs.org/ranchhouse.
CONTACT: Michelle Dillard, manager of television programming, KTXT-TV, Texas Tech
University, (806) 742-1991, ext. 228, or e-mail email@example.com.