News and Events - March 2023



March 2023


Museum of North Texas History

720 Indiana St.

Wichita Falls, Texas


Jenny to Jet

Wichita Falls Municipal Airport

4000 Armstrong Drive

Wichita Falls, Texas 76305



Director's Corner

Dear Members,

We had hoped to introduce a new director at this time, however, the search goes on. The Search Committee continues working toward filling this vital leadership position for the Museum.

Leanne Ray, our curator, has worked to develop and mount exhibits and provide day-to-day management of the Museum. To give Leanne some respite, I have offered to help in the interim.

For those who don't know me, I'm Becky Trammell. I have volunteered with the Museum for over 10 years, coming onto the Board at the urging of Lita Watson. I currently manage social media, membership, and the monthly newsletter for the Museum. I also volunteer with the Wichita County Historical Commission.

Come by the Museum soon. In honor of spring, we are displaying the colorful watercolors commissioned by the City National Bank in the 80s depicting sites around Wichita Falls. During March, we will also open a new exhibit dedicated to the African-American community of Wichita Falls.

Becky Trammell

Membership Time is NOW! 

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 Trains Continue in the Museum

Thanks to the generosity of MoNTH volunteer, Ron Mauch, the Heart of Downtown Model Train Exhibit will continue at the Museum. The exhibit opens on the second Saturday of the month, through the end of the year.

The first of these special Saturdays will be March 11th.


Art in the Museum 


City National Bank Watercolor Exhibit

In 1987, City National Bank undertook a major renovation of its original 1919 downtown facility. The renovation included commissioning several watercolors for display in the sweeping two-story entry. The watercolors painted by Texas artist Janet Campbell depict locations around Wichita. The watercolors were accompanied by the photography of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro.

With the end of City National in 2018, the fate of the watercolors was in question. Don Burkman, a Museum of North Texas History board member, intervened and the watercolors found a new home. The watercolors returned to downtown Wichita Falls and are displayed in the Museum of North Texas History.


Plan to come by and see this colorful exhibit.

 Bit of History

Wichita Falls elected its first mayor in 1889. Nearly 80 years passed before an African-American served on the Wichita Falls City Council. Despite several unsuccessfully runs for council positions, in October 1967 the first African-American joined the Wichita Falls City Council.  

Following the resignation of S. M. Lyon from the Place Two position, the council selected Aubrey L. Wilson. Wilson, who had lived in Wichita Falls for 25 years at the time, had been active in community efforts such as the United Way and East Branch YMCA. Wilson had also served on the City of Wichita Falls Traffic Commission. Following his selection, C. E. Jackson expressed his thanks for the actions of the alderman to select Wilson. Wilson described himself as wishing “to serve the entire city of Wichita Falls.”

Wilson, a Denison, Texas native, worked as district manager for the Universal Life Insurance Company.   Wilson graduated from Terrell High School and received a Bachelor’s from Bishop College in 1937.

Sadly, less than four months after his selection, Wilson died in January 1968, following a traffic accident in Wichita Falls.

In April 1968, the first elected African-American joined the Wichita Falls City Council. Harrison Taylor served a one-year term and later ran for re-election. Taylor ultimately served many terms as a city councilor and served as Mayor Pro Tem under Mayor Max Kruger’s administration. In 1974, while Kruger spent three months in Israel, Taylor filled the position of Mayor for Wichita Falls.

A 1931 Booker T. Washington graduate, Taylor attended Texas College and did graduate work at Texas Southern University. Taylor was a Certified Teacher/Master Military instructor at the United States Air Force Technical School. Taylor was active in the East Side community, providing leadership to the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and East Side Development Association. He received honors from the National Association for the Advancemnt of Colored people, the Kiwanis, and the Les Belles Lettres Study Club.


 African-American Exhibit

Our Curator, Leanne Ray, has been working on an exhibit honoring the African-American community. We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit honoring the history, people, and events of the African-American community of Wichita Falls.

Opening March 16th!


 Booker T. Washington Football on YouTube

These eleven videos are a project of the Wichita County Archives and Brenda Jarrett. Ms. Jarrett served as custodian of a number of 16 mm films of Booker T. Washington football games played during the 60s. Thanks to a partnership with Texas Tech University, the films were digitized and are available to the public on Youtube.

The films include plays from the games. They were probably used as game films for the team.

Click here to see a video.




March Special Days 

Upcoming Downtown Events





Wichita County Archives

Located in the Museum

Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm

(By appointment)

Tuesday - Thursday

Bryce Blair, Archivist

(940) 322-7628





Museum Hours

Thursday - Saturday

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Museum of North Texas History

Officers of the Board of Directors


President: Tim Swagerty

Vice President: Lindsay Barker

Secretary: Whitney Beeson

Treasurer:  OPEN


Executive Director: OPEN

Curator: Leanne Ray

Newsletter Editor: Becky Trammell, Ph.D.