In 2000, a group of dedicated people met with the objective of preserving the heritage of North Texas, and the Museum of North Texas History was born. Then began the hard work. First came successful membership and fund drives, then the establishment of an endowment, and then finding a permanent home. The late Rusty Lindemann donated the building at 720 Indiana Avenue to Wichita County. Then the Wichita County Commissioners signed a 50-year lease for the main floor of the building to house the Museum of North Texas History. In 2001, this 18,500 square foot area was opened to the public.
The Lindemann Building was originally the operations center for a bank, and over the years, volunteers made modifications to utilize the space for a museum. One of our exhibit halls is the Ralph O. Harvey, Jr. Exhibit Hall. Ralph Harvey was a civic leader and true philanthropist, and he manifested a passion for the history of North Texas. He conducted a great deal of research, and he supported many historical organizations, including the Museum of North Texas History. Our other large exhibit hall is Heritage Hall, and we have 15 other display rooms and spaces. Our Permanent Collections and other temporary exhibits ensure there is a lot to see all year round.
The "Jenny to Jet" Exhibit at the Wichita Falls Regional Airport is a satellite exhibit of the museum. The "Jenny" half is dedicated to Call Field, where World War I pilots trained in the Curtiss JN4-D biplane, known as the "Jenny." We have an authentic Jenny, and she is truly a national treasure. The "Jet" half has a T-38 jet that tells the story of Sheppard Air Force Base. In this one place, people can see the very first U.S. aviation trainer and a jet that is still being used to train pilots today.
Visitors are always greeted with North Texas hospitality! Patrons can simply explore at their own pace and ask questions should the need arise. Our goal is to make a trip to our Museum as enjoyable as possible.
The hard work which gave life to the Museum has continued, and the result is that the Museum has grown and improved with every passing year. Now we are poised to make the Museum even better, and we invite you to experience it for yourself!