The county seat of Lubbock County, Lubbock is a large city located in the northern part of the state of Texas. The city is nicknamed 'Hub City' due to its status as a key healthcare, educational, and commercial hub for the South Plains area. Lubbock is the 11th most populous city in all of Texas, with an estimated population of over 250,000 people. Over 310,000 live in the surrounding metropolitan area and Lubbock covers an area of 123.6 square miles in total. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Attraction Spotlight: Lubbock Memorial Arboretum
Located in Lubbock, Texas, the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum showcases 93 acres of landscaped gardens and historic buildings within the city’s K.N. Clapp Park. The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum was the vision of Lubbock Council of Garden Clubs President Nat Williams, who hired landscape architect Robert Ruckler to develop a master plan for a 93-acre arboretum facility for the Lubbock community.
The arboretum was developed as an educational facility for the study and cultivation of non-native plant introduction into the West Texas and South Plains regions. Lubbock’s K.N. Clapp Park was selected for the arboretum’s location, with gardens developed around the park’s Garden and Arts Center. Garden planting began in May of 1961 with a pecan tree donated by the Junior Buds Youth Club that still stands today. In 1964, the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum Foundation was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to oversee the facility in conjunction with the city’s Parks Department.
Today, the Lubbock Memorial Auditorium is overseen by the nonprofit Lubbock Memorial Arboretum Foundation as part of a partnership with the City of Lubbock Parks Department. General arboretum maintenance is overseen by the Parks Department, while Arboretum Foundation staff and volunteers supervise new garden development, planting, and renovation. As a public park facility, the arboretum strives to help Lubbock residents connect with nature and learn about native and non-native flora and fauna in the region.
Arboretum offices and amenities are housed within its Interpretive Center, which is open to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and during special event programming. In addition to office facilities, the Center offers a meeting room, kitchen facility, and restrooms and may be reserved at no charge for use by horticultural and nature-focused groups. The arboretum also oversees the Saint Paul’s on the Plains Episcopal Church, the oldest historic church building in the city. The church building, which was constructed in 1913, was originally located in the city’s downtown but was converted into an apartment building following the construction of a new church building for the congregation in the late 1930s. After the death of the apartments’ landlord in 1987, the building was recovered from disrepair by the Lubbock Heritage Society, who moved it to its present location in K.N. Clapp Park in 1996. Today, the church is operated as a living history facility and is available for private special event rentals.
A number of trails are located throughout the arboretum, which are open for visitor use during normal park operation hours. All trails are fully wheelchair accessible. Landscaped gardens and memorials are distributed throughout the arboretum, with many planted in honor of notable individuals or Lubbock-area events. Low-maintenance roses such as earth kind roses are showcased in the Hodges Rose Garden, while wildflowers such as hollyhocks, larkspur, and poppies are the focus of the Wildflower Garden. A Perennial Garden is populated with spring and summer blooms such as crape myrtles, hibiscuses, irises, and roses and offers a gazebo, water features, and a shaded picnic area. A Sensory Garden also features plantings structured to evoke and engage each of the five senses. A number of specialty tree plantings are also showcased throughout the arboretum facility, including red oak and Bradford pear trees.
Ongoing Programs and Events
In addition to standard park visitor admission, guided tours of the Lubbock Memorial Auditorium are offered for small groups and organizations, focusing on horticultural information about plantings and growing conditions. Reservations for guided tours may be made by contacting the facility directly via phone or email. Saint Paul’s Church on the Plains may be rented for private special events such as weddings, receptions, or business meetings by contacting the park’s Garden and Arts Center. The arboretum’s Rose Garden and Tea Terrace may also be rented for private special events. Those interested in renting facilities should contact about reservations early, as facilities book quickly, especially during the spring and summer months.
In May, the arboretum hosts an annual plant sale, offering a wide variety of annual, perennial, herb, and desert plantings. Plants are sold by the South Plains Native Plant Society, with proceeds benefiting arboretum operations. In June, an annual butterfly release event is held in conjunction with the park’s Garden and Arts Center. More than 100 butterflies and ladybugs are released during the event, which is held at the arboretum’s wildflower garden. Family-friendly butterfly-themed activities are also offered, along with live entertainment and concessions. A Wednesday Wonder volunteer program is held at the Interpretive Center on Wednesday mornings and afternoons and allows drop-in participation in a variety of volunteer initiatives led by the arboretum.
4111 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79413, Phone: 806-797-4520
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Attraction Spotlight: Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
Located in Lubbock, Texas, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts is a contemporary art center offering rotating temporary exhibitions by local and regional artists and community art workshop programming in a variety of artistic disciplines.
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts was opened in 1997 as the Lubbock Regional Arts Center and was intended to serve as a central catalyst for artistic creativity and engagement in the Lubbock community. In 2000, the city’s vacant Fire Department administrative building was deeded to the Center for use as a permanent arts center facility to serve as an anchor for a new community arts and entertainment district. A major capital campaign was embarked on in order to raise funds for building renovation, and from 2003 to 2005, the building’s campus was expanded to incorporate several additional facilities. In 2004, the Center was renamed the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
Exhibits and Programming
Today, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts serves as the anchor for Lubbock’s downtown arts and entertainment district and is comprised of six buildings which house four art galleries, a performing arts theater, a clay arts studio, a rehearsal hall, and various classroom and event spaces. The Center is a partner organization with many Lubbock-area cultural organizations and is the home facility for a number of arts groups, including the Charles Adams Studio Project, Ballet Lubbock, the Llano Estacado Clay Guild, El Ballet Folklorico Nuestro Herencia, the Flatlands Dance Theatre, and the South Plains Foundation. As a community arts organization, the LHUCA strives to present unique contemporary visual, performing, and literary arts programming for visitors of all ages and engage the Lubbock community in the creative process through a variety of public outreach programming.
LHUCA’s main administrative offices and visitor information facilities are housed within its historic firehouse building, which is also home to the Firehouse Theatre performance venue. The Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays for ceramics work, offering 14 pottery wheels, six kilns, and two clay mixers, along with a pug mill, clay extruder, and slab roller. Artistic exhibits and workshop programming are held at the Christine DeVitt Icehouse, the Graffiti Education Building, and the Warehouses at LHUCA, while programming and studio space for the Charles Adams Studio Project utilize the 5th and J Studios, the Studio Flats, and the Charles Adams Gallery.
Exhibits at LHUCA are presented on a rotating basis throughout the year, with four galleries totaling more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing works by local, regional, national, and international artists. Artist submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and chosen by a submissions panel, with all exhibitions planned 18 months in advance of opening date. Most artwork shown in exhibitions is for sale to the public and may be purchased by contacting LHUCA’s curator via phone or email.
Past exhibits showcased at the Center include the 44 Artists from Texas project, which aimed to celebrate the diversity of Texas artists and establish connection between artists and the Lubbock community, and LatinX: Artistas de Tejas, which provided a platform for the work of Hispanic artists in the region. Student work retrospectives are presented periodically, such as the Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate Annual Student Show, showcased in 2018. National juried exhibitions are brought in regularly, such as the Clay on the Wall exhibition, presented in 2017. Artists whose work has been displayed at the Center include Sara Waters, Von Venhuizen, Cody Arnall, Rosa Villoslada, Robin Dru Germany, and Alice Leora Briggs.
Ongoing Programs and Education
A wide variety of community educational programming is offered by the Center, including a Taste of Clay ceramics program held at the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio. Other courses offered by the Center include an Introductory Wheel pottery course, an Introduction to Blacksmithing workshop, and a Learn Woodcut and Letterpress Printing program. The monthly First Friday Art Trail, held in conjunction with other businesses and galleries in the Lubbock Cultural District, showcases new exhibitions and performances at a variety of venues within the district, drawing more than 4,000 attendees per month. Maps of exhibitions and galleries are provided, and transportation to and from the event is available aboard the First Friday Trolley. Other public special events include an annual Flatland Film Festival and a Latino Arts and Culture Festival. LHUCA is involved in a number of community improvement initiatives enabled by Texas Commission on the Arts grant funding, including the development of a stage and shade structure on its campus plaza.
511 Avenue K, Lubbock, TX 79401, Phone: 806-762-8606
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Attraction Spotlight: American Wind Power Center
Located in Lubbock, Texas, the American Wind Power Center is a 28-acre museum showcasing more than 160 historic and modern American windmills. The American Wind Power Center was the vision of Texas Tech University professor Billie Wolfe, who took an interest in windmills and wind power in the 1960s as a result of her historic research for home economics courses.
Over the course of the next 30 years, Wolfe began traveling throughout the United States interviewing farmers and ranchers who owned and operated windmills on their properties, and in 1992, Wolfe began collecting windmills after learning about a collection of restored windmills for sale in Nebraska. The following year, Wolfe began working with Wind Engineering Corporation CEO Coy Harris to establish the American Windmill Museum nonprofit organization. Harris donated the corporation’s Hundley Collection, which included 48 windmills and a variety of wind power technology artifacts, to the new museum project.
The windmills from the Hundley Collection remained in storage until the City of Lubbock authorized lands for museum development in 1997, near the city’s Mackenzie Park. In 1999, a larger museum facility was authorized by the city, and instead of moving facilities, Harris oversaw the building’s transfer to the Mackenzie Park site. A $1 million grant from the Scarborough-Lineberry Foundation of Midland was also awarded to the museum for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot gallery space for showcasing the museum’s windmills. Further additions to the museum complex were completed in 2009, 2015, and 2016.
Permanent Exhibits and Attractions
Today, the American Windmill Museum is operated as a nonprofit educational organization and museum facility, striving to educate the Lubbock community on the importance of wind power and the development of windmill technology for agriculture and power supply. As one of the premiere windmill museum facilities in the world, the museum showcases a variety of water-pumping and electric windmills, including wind electric machines dating back to the 1920s. More than 100 rare and historic windmills are showcased inside the museum, along with another 60 displayed directly outside the museum and 70 located throughout its 28-acre grounds. The museum’s Vestas V47 Wind Turbine, a 660-kilowatt turbine standing on top of a 50-meter tower, is the centerpiece of the museum’s grounds windmills, creating all of the energy needed for the museum’s annual power, with excess energy produced sold to local electric grids.
Exhibits at the museum include the Wind Energy Experience Center, which showcases an interactive Wingen turbine model from the 1970s. Visitors may push buttons on the turbine to demonstrate its operations, including its complete blade pitching cycle. Several other historic turbines are housed within the exhibit, along with a G-scale model train track running above the exhibit featuring family-friendly train characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine. An Alta Reeds Miniatures exhibit within the train display also showcases miniature houses donated to the museum. A Legacy of the Wind mural covers two of the museum’s interior walls, showcasing a visual history depiction of the development of windmill technology and the roles windmills have played in human society. Windmills showcased in the mural include depictions of several of the museum’s historic windmills. A Windsmith Gift Shop offers a variety of wind-related souvenirs, apparel, and home goods.
In addition to its windmill collection, the museum also displays the historic Flowerdew Hundred Post Mill, the historic post mill from the grounds of the Virginia plantation that housed the first windmill constructed in North America. Though the original windmill on the facility was destroyed in a storm, some of its remains have been uncovered through archaeological excavations at the site. The post mill, which was moved to the facility in 2010, is one of the few working historic post mills in the Western hemisphere. The Garrison Family Millstone Collection was also relocated from Virginia at the time of the mill’s collection and is displayed for visitors.
Ongoing Programs and Events
In addition to standard visitor admission, guided tours of the museum are offered for small groups and organizations, including curriculum-incorporated field trip opportunities for elementary and secondary school groups. The museum’s facilities may be rented for private special events, including weddings, reunions, and business events. Rental facilities include the Christine Devitt Classroom, which seats up to 40 for business meetings, seminars, luncheons, and classes and offers a lectern, projector with screen, and full speaker system. The museum’s United Commons Patio may also be rented as banquet space, which seats up to 200 people for large special events and provides access to a full-service kitchen.
1701 Canyon Lake Dr, Lubbock, TX 79403, Phone: 806-747-8734
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