Top 10 Western Museums of 2010

4. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (Canyon, Texas)

How big is the collection at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum? Consider the fact that only seven- to 10-percent of its collection of some two million items are on display at any one time, and you can see it’s monumental. Yet it’s the special exhibits that keep bringing us back to Texas’s largest history museum. Last year, the Panhandle-Plains exhibits ran the gamut—from saltillo tiles and Southwestern textiles to Navajo rugs, Will James and the Alamo—but what really intrigued us was the museum’s tribute to Woody Guthrie, “It’s Been Good to Know Yuh: Woody Guthrie in Pampa, 1929-1936.” Unveiling the formative years of the folk singer/songwriter’s life, the exhibit included an April symposium featuring Nora Guthrie and Anna Canoni, daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of the man who gave us “This Land is Your Land,” “Do Re Mi” and “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).”


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