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Step inside and beat the heat while delving into captivating stories from nine area museums as the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture (The Alliance) unveils its Regional Museum Network Exhibition.  

Sunsational Tales: Texas Summers Through Time explores “hot” topics and area traditions; from the evolution of summer jobs and recreation, along with the blazing advancements in fashion, technology, and more. 

“Each participating museum has delved deep into their communities, unraveling tales from summers gone by and will be presenting them in a way that resonates with visitors today,” said AmbeR Day Scott, Alliance program manager. “This exhibition will ignite the imagination, spark a sense of nostalgia, and encourage audiences to consider what summers of the future may look like.” 

The exhibition will feature displays and interactive exhibits from the following participating museums: 

  • Archer County Museum – The progression of food preservation and refrigeration  
  • Burkburnett Historical Society – The evolution of the bicycle  
  • Clay County 1890 Jail Museum & Heritage Center – Exploring life for Clay County kids working in agriculture over the decades  
  • Jack County Museum – Summer gathering places in Jacksboro, including at the Jack County Courthouse  
  • Kell House Heritage Center – Looking at summer fashion between the 1900s and 1980s  
  • Museum of North Texas History – Summer days along Lake Wichita  
  • Tales N’ Trails Museum – The history of the Grape Festival in Nocona, Texas  
  • Wichita Falls Fire & Police Museum – Then & Now: How firefighters tackle grassfires  
  • Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU – Summer Plein Air Painting 

Participating museums are members of the Regional Museum Network, an Alliance program designed to increase the visibility of museums in the region. 

“The Regional Museum Network has been an invaluable resource for area museums, providing a platform for collaboration and support,” said Nadine McKown, Executive Director of the Museum of North Texas History. “This exhibition is a testament to the collective strength and passion of our regional museums.” 

The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of North Texas History from June 22 through August 12. The museum is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.