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Our annual meeting was held on January 29th from 2-4 p.m. at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive. The meeting’s guest speakers Pam Brink and Cindy Martin gave a presentation titled “The Underwood Pullman Project.”


Close up of the Snyder Depot, courtesy of Preservation Texas.

The LHS supports the preservation efforts underway to save the Snyder Depot from demolition. Preservation Texas has spread the word about the building's shaky situation and has created a webpage about the building's history. There is also a petition seeking more signatures which urges the permanent postponement of the demolition. Please take a moment to sign the petition and help save an important part of local West Texas history. As of October 8th 2,100+ signatures have been submitted. (Update - sadly the depot was eventually demolished in November of 2017)

On April 14-15, 2016, the Underwood Pullman Car was relocated to the Bayer Museum of Agriculture. Photos of the event can be viewed at the LHS's Flicker photo album. A big thanks to Fox 34 News (video of the move), KCBD News (video of the move) and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (online article) for covering the big move.

Dr. Donald Abbe, Curator of the Silent Wings Museum, served as the guest speaker for the Lubbock Heritage Society's Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, February 21st. The meeting was held in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library on the campus of Texas Tech University.

In a presentation entitled “Railroads and the South Plains Cotton Industry,” Abbe discussed the economic impact of railroads on the American West, using Lubbock and the South Plains as a model. Abbe accompanied his overview of the coming of the railroads to the vast western lands with a detailed discussion of the symbiotic relationship between our regional rail system and cotton and other commodity production. The development of that relationship is a story of growth and prosperity that continues to influence the vitality of Lubbock and the South Plains to this day.

Thank you to Mr. Westbrook of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for this 2/15 write up on Abbe's presentation for our annual meeting.

Have you picked up your copy of our newest book? Or would you like to purchase additional copies for holiday gifts? The book, along with the "Centennial History of Lubbock," is available for purchase online in our book section.

Those who attended our fall program, “Canyon Suite: Mistake, Fiasco, or Downright Fraud,” on November 1st enjoyed presenter Dr. Jack Becker’s tale of the sale, attribution, and re-attribution of a controversial set of paintings supposedly by artist Georgia O’Keefe. In 1987, just one year after artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s death, 28 previously unknown works of art attributed to O’Keeffe were “found” in a garage in Amarillo, Texas. The watercolors, which became known as the Canyon Suite eventually sold for over $5 million. The story of their discovery, sale, resale and eventual return to the Santa Fe art dealer who named them the Canyon Suite is both convoluted and illuminating, and offers a window into how the art world works.


The program on the Home Management House at Texas Tech was well received. See photos from the event.

Those who attended our February 8th annual meeting got to hear quite a lively presentation on the history of the Nicolette Hotel and the mystery surrounding its registry book. See photos from the event.


The History of the Godbold Center event was well attended. Much thanks to Dr. Hendrika Buelinckx and her graduate students for their most interesting presentation. See photos from the event.

The Lubbock Heritage Society sponsored a tour of Claude on Saturday, June 7th. Among the places visited was the Goodnight Historical Center, the Armstrong County Historical Museum, the Gem Theatre, and the old Claude School.  Photos from the trip can be viewed here.

Despite the nasty weather, the LHS's spring annual meeting was held on March 2nd at the Legacy Event Center at 1500 14th Street in Lubbock, Texas. Guest speaker Cindy Martin gave a fascinating presentation titled "Greetings from Lubbock: A Post Card History," which was a fun look at the history of postcards using the city of Lubbock as the theme.


On July 23, 2013, members from the LHS joined the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Texas Tech University Alumni Association's walking tour of the murals in Hale Center, Texas. See photos of the lovely murals here.

The Lubbock Heritage Society sponsored a tour of Big Spring on Saturday, June 22nd. Among the places visited was the historic Settles Hotel, Big Spring State Park, the Heritage Museum, and the Potton House. Photos from the trip can be viewed here.

The LHS's spring annual meeting, held on February 17th had a huge turnout. The room was literally packed to capacity, for which we are thrilled and grateful to our attendees. Dr. Robert Carr, retired Lubbock physician, presented a program on "History in Our Own Back Yard" following the business portion of the meeting. More event pictures can be viewed here.



The Lubbock Heritage Society held its annual meeting on Thursday March 22, 2012, at 5:30PM at McPherson Cellars on 1615 Texas Ave. The guest speaker was Dr. Tamra Walter, who talked about archaeology studies on the Presidio of San Saba. Copies of the Lubbock centennial book were available for purchase and Dr. Paul Carlson, author, was on hand to sign his book. Pictured to the left: A cobblestone pavement excavated during the Field School in 2007. Photo courtesy of Tamra Walter. More on Texas Tech's efforts to preserve the site can be found here.

On May 15th, the Texas Historical Commission sponsored a "Preservation Month Regional Workshop" in Lubbock, Texas, from 9 am - 4 pm at the Municipal Garden and Arts Center. Gary Smith, one of our board members, was one of the scheduled speakers.

On Saturday, August 18th, the LHS hosted a $10 luncheon event at the Harvey House in Slaton, Texas, starting at noon. Guest speaker, Jolene, gave an excellent and often humorous talk about the important historic piece of railroad history and her family's connection to the Harvey House chain. Afterwards, a tour of the structure followed, with Jolene on hand to give a personal tour and answer any questions attendees had. The turnout for the event was wonderful, exceeding our maximum number of 50, and included a tasty meal of cornbread, beans, baked ham, salad, potato salad, peach cobbler with ice cream and tea. More event pictures can be viewed here.

The LHS's autumn program was held at St-Paul's-on-the-Plains Church at the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center on October 30th starting at 6:30 pm. The "Haunted Lubbock Event" was well attended and everyone had a great time listening to Rob Weiner and Heather Henry's stories. Event pictures can be viewed here.


Thanks to all who assisted with the Aug. 21 Photo Roundup of images to consider for use in our forthcoming book "Images of America: Lubbock" from Arcadia Publishing. More than 100 rare images of Lubbock's history were digitized. A special thanks to the Charles Adams Gallery for hosting our session.

Lubbock Heritage Society, P. O. Box 5443, Lubbock, Texas 79408 (806) 392.4949, LubbockHeritageSociety@gmail.com