Each year, The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture showcases the natural history, fine art, and unique heritage of the Texoma region in one special exhibition. Participating museums are part of the Regional Museum Network, designed to increase the visibility of museums in the region.

The Regional Museum Network and annual exhibition have been made possible in part with support from The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, The Summerlee Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2023: Sunsational Tales: Texas Summers Through Time
June 22 – August 12

Step inside and beat the heat while delving into captivating stories from nine area museums as 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