“The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit, A Woman OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds” is coming to Rockwall in August 2018. The Rockwall County Historical Foundation will be hosting this traveling exhibit of rare photographs from August 23 through September 30. Weekly exhibit hours Thursday through Saturday are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 – 6:00 pm. The display may be seen at The Bailey House in Harry Myers Park, 903 E. Washington Street in Rockwall and enhanced by Rockwall County artists. Admission will be $5.00 for adults. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-722-1507.
Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are two important names in U. S. frontier history. Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals. In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family. Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah. After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace. The THC Texas Lakes Trail Region and Texas Trail of Fame sponsor the exhibit in an effort to bring more attention to the important Native American heritage in our region.
You are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Meet local historian Garvin Tate, Western artists Doug Agee, Susie Varner, Jim Bryant, and storyteller with Native American flutes Richard Nash.
Historian Garvin Tate will present additional information about Quanah Parker at the Stodghill Lecture Series on September 14, 2018 at noon in the historic, downtown Courthouse in the third floor courtroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I – the “War to End Wars” – the Terry Fisher American Legion Post, Rockwall County Historical Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Rockwall Parks and Recreation have aligned to honor the United States efforts during the Great War.
The Rockwall County Historical Foundation, Rockwall County Historical Commission, and the DAR will host exhibits at the RCHF Museum and Bailey House at 815 Washington in Harry Myers Park. These exhibits are private collections from citizens, DAR members and other contributors. It will include pictures, weapons, artifacts and other historical items. The Bailey House will be the site for the exhibits and be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Founders Day, May 19.
The Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 will conduct an interactive history event for elementary-aged children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and girls will be reenacting enlistment, induction and basic training drills similar to those the “Doughboys” experienced 100 years ago. A Memorial Day Concert at The Harbor on Thursday evening, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. will highlight WWI in music and spirit. Special emphasis will be given to the 21 veterans of military service from Rockwall who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWI.
Come celebrate Rockwall’s 164th birthday this Saturday at Rockwall Founders Day Festival 2018! Presented by Rockwall Parks and Recreation, this free event will take place at Harry Myers Park all day long from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and features tons of fun for the whole family with live music, food and retail vendors, and a Kids Zone.
Headliner the Josh Abbott Band will take the Southwest Kia main stage beginning at 8 p.m., with country/southern rock singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings performing as the opener at 6 p.m. Other bands performing throughout the day include Whiskey Hat, Benton Lawson, Nick Snyder & the Real Deal, and Redwine Band.
Food and retail vendors will be on site all day for folks to shop arts and crafts, children’s items, jewelry, candles, ceramics and more. Be sure to stop by the Rockwall County Historical Foundation Museum located at the park and marvel at the RCHF and Daughters of the American Revolution exhibits featuring pictures, weapons, artifacts and other historical items. The Bailey House will be the site for the exhibits and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 will also conduct an interactive history event for elementary-aged children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and girls will be reenacting enlistment, induction and basic training drills similar to those the “Doughboys” experienced 100 years ago.
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