September 2013 News & Events
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In this issue:
Archeology Conference | Archeology Day | Fall Ladies Brunch | Summer Interns
New Addition to the CCC Exhibit | World War II Exhibit | Library Update

Major Archaeology Conference

The largest gathering of Paleoamerican researchers and artifacts since 1999 will take place in Santa Fe, October 17-19, 2013 at the new Santa Fe Convention Center. 

Titled, Paleoamerican Odyssey, the conference will explore new findings on the first people to colonize the Americas during the last Ice Age.  In attendance will be, Bernie Dutton, Bosque Museum's resident archaeologist.  She will attend the various lectures with keynote speakers familiar to the museum and with Horn Shelter.

Lecturers include:
  • Douglas W. Owsley, Smithsonian
  • Michael Waters, Head of the Texas A&M Center for the Study of First Americans
  • Ted Goebel, Texas A&M University
  • Michael B. Collins, University of Texas; Gault Site
  • Dennis Stanford, Smithsonian (wife, Pegi Jodrey lectured at the Bosque Museum)
  • Bruce Bradley, Smithsonian
Dennis Stanford & Bruce Bradley co-authored,  Across Atlantic Ice.

This event is sponsored by Texas A&M University Center for the Study of First Americans.  Click here for more info on the conference or registration.

Horn Shelter on Hold

Dr. Lori Baker of Baylor University has received the most recent DNA results on the Horn Shelter Man.  We are awaiting the publication of her report to find out what the results show.  Earlier DNA studies showed that Horn Shelter Man was not related to modern Native Americans. 

Read more about Horn Shelter on the Bosque Museum's Website.

Horn Shelter External Links
Texas Beyond History
Texas State Historical Association
Frank Watt Bio


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 | 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Featuring: Story Telling by the very popular, Rick Pinner
  • Identification of Native American artifacts by Archaeologist, Bryan Jameson.
  • Exhibition of Arrowheads and Spear points from the museum's collection as well as private collections.
  • Demonstration of Flint Knapping, John Sitler and Fred Spanabel.
  • Exhibition of authentic Native American clothing constructed by contemporary artist, David Vardeman.
  • Demonstration of preparation of various Native American Foods
  • Native American Face Painting
  • Grinding of corn using a metate
  • Native American Instruments
  • Visit a Teepee
All are invited to attend this free event.




11:00 am
12:00 pm

1:00 pm


Speaker, Mrs. Jan Dworsky will entertain with a topic entitled, "The Pioneer Woman" and will add some details on local Native Americans.

This event is open to the public.  Cost is $20 per person.  Your payment reserves your seat.  Call Willene at the Bosque Museum, 254 675 3845 during normal business hours to reserve.  Seating is limited.


Molly Hall-Harvey is currently a senior at Baylor pursuing a BA in Anthropology.  She plans to either join the Foreign Service or attend graduate school for cultural anthropology with a focus on gender studies in Asia.

Christine Hicks has a degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies from Baylor.  She will attend the University of Leicester in Leicester, England and plans to work as a collections Manager or an Archivist.

The museum staff is very grateful for all their help this summer and wishes them the very best in their future endeavors. 

New Addition to the CCC Exhibit

The Bosque Museum recently added a display of 10 photographs documenting the construction of the Clifton Post Office to its current temporary exhibit, “Recovery / Relief / Reform: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bosque County.” This series of photographs records the progress of the Post Office construction beginning in April 1940. Taken at 30-day intervals, each set of photographs was routed for review and approval by the building contractor, construction engineer and officials of the Public Buildings Administration.
Construction of the new Post Office building for Clifton began in early 1940, replacing the old location at 143 West 5th street (the rear of the Corner Drug Store building). Within seven months, the project was completed and the new Post Office was dedicated on October 23, 1940.  Construction of the new Post Office building was funded through the Public Building Administration of the Federal Works Agency (FWA).

“Recovery / Relief / Reform: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bosque County” continues through September, 2013.

WWII Exhibit to Open May 2014

In July, museum curator Bill Calhoon attended the Texas in World War II Oral History Training Workshop in Kaufman, Texas.  Hosted by the Kaufman County Historical Commission and presented by Bill McWhorter of the Texas Historical Commission (THC), the workshop included oral history training handouts and other “how-to” instructional material.

The Bosque Museum will be collecting oral histories from World War II veterans and residents who participated on the home front as part of the research and preparation for its temporary exhibit on Bosque County in World War II opening in May 2014.

The Texas Historical Commission’s Texas in World War II initiative is a multi-year statewide effort to honor the role of Texas during the Second World War. Launched on September 2, 2005, the initiative is composed of various components including a special series of 21 historical markers, a comprehensive statewide survey of more than 1.700 World War II military and home front sites, and a series of 55 regional oral history training workshops.

Click here to learn more about the THC project.

Cleng Peerson Research Library Update

Progress on the Cleng Peerson Research Library in the Jacob Olson Annex continues to move forward. To-date, approximately thirty-five percent of the Museum’s collection of more than 2,200 books have been fully cataloged and shelved.

The Museum would like to thank Mr. David Garrison with Siemans in Arlington, Texas, for his generous donation of the Lexan plates for the Library’s shelf labels which were installed earlier this week.


We are thrilled to have 202 members!  If you know someone who should become a member, please send their contact info to the museum for our membership drive in November.
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