As the Executive Director for the West Texas Historical Assn and a senior administrator for the Southwest Collection archive at Texas Tech University the Wolf Creek Museum in Lipscomb is one of the crown jewels of the museum world. They possess top-notch exhibits, a vibrant educational programs and community outreach initiatives, cutting edge on-line access to staff and images, and a staff that remembers that personal touch and interaction makes all of the difference with patrons, donors, and out of state visitors. Having seen 95% percent of the West Texas museums (west of I35) without a doubt the Wolf Creek Museum ranks in the top five and it is my personal favorite. This museum has done much to rekindle the impetus for public history awareness throughout the region and it has inspired me on a personal level.
As Regional Director of the Texas Plains Trail Region, I have the privilege to visit over 75 museums in the area, all of which hold great historic treasures. I can say, without doubt, that the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum in Lipscomb, Texas is a rare gem amongst those treasures. A leisurely stroll around the square is a unique experience where on most days you will find wild turkeys running around on the Lipscomb County Courthouse lawn, a cowboy poet and storyteller in the Beeson Saddle Shop, and an outdoor platform where many a boot has been scooted. Yes, Lipscomb is a much-welcomed respite from the hurry-scurry world that many of us have grown accustomed. Virginia Scott, Director of the Wolf Creek Museum, is an extraordinary woman who, along with her tireless helpers, have found creative ways to develop exhiibits to share the fascinating history of the area. Although tucked away in the Northern corner of the Texas Panhandle, a trip to the museum is assuredly one that will remain in your memory banks for a long time. You will come away with a great appreciation for the land, its people, and their history.