EXHIBIT OF PARKER PHOTOS TO OPEN

 

QUANAH, Texas - A collection of historic photographs about Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann, will open Tuesday (November 24, 2009) in the Texas town named for the legendary Comanche chief.

The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit will open with special activities at 5 p.m. at the Quanah, Acme and Pacific Depot Museum in downtown Quanah.

Lance Tahmahkera, a descendant of Chief Parker, will offer the keynote presentation, an illustrated talk on the Comanche tribe’s past, present and future. Storyteller and historical enactor Helen Garrison will offer her portrayal of Cynthia Ann Parker.

Two short movies featuring Parker will be screened. Both films were shot in 1907 in and near Cache - “The Bank Robbery” and “The Wolf Hunt.” Parker has roles in both movies.

The main feature is the photographic exhibit, said Hanaba Munn Welch, manager of the Quanah Historical Preservation Society. The traveling exhibit’s photographs first went on display in May at Gallery 76102 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Texas Lakes Trail Region of the Texas Historical Commission manages the collection with support from the Texas Plains Trail Region. The Quanah showing is the second time the collection will be displayed, Welch said.

The exhibit organizers, Doug Harman and Clara Ruddell, envision a time when historical trails can be developed based on the lives of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker, Welch said. The concept is outlined in documentation accompanying the exhibit:  “The story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker is one of the most important in the lore of the American West. ... In highlighting their lives, we are also identifying many of the important places with direct connections to Comanche and Plains Indian history,” Welch said. “This is not a single ‘trail’ with a beginning and ending point, but rather a series of places or ‘trails’ with special connections to these two people and the Comanche people.”

On Display Through January   

The photographs will be on display through January. During the exhibit, the museum will showcase its own collection of photographs of Quanah, including some taken when he visited his namesake town, Welch said. The museum also will display its Indian artifact collection and maps showing key points of interest connected to the lives of the Parkers.

Welch said the exhibition subtitle is “A Woman OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds,” a reference to the tumultuous life of Cynthia Ann Parker - first captured by Comanches and ultimately recaptured by Anglos - and to the transitional life of her son, a leader in times of war and then in peace, as his tribe learned to make its way in a white man’s world.

Garrison will also be on hand for special activities at the museum on Dec . 5 during Cowboy Christmas, a daylong festival in downtown Quanah, Welch said. The day will conclude with a lighted parade at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Three Rivers Cowboy Ball at 8 p.m. at Three Rivers Ballroom.

Fort Worth historical enactor Helen Garrison, a storyteller who portrays Cynthia Ann Parker, wears a period costume that combines Anglo attire with items from the Comanche way of life. Garrison will appear in Quanah, Texas, for the Tuesday opening of the Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit.

 

Exhibit Opening Photos

Lance Tahmahkera

Helen Garrison

Audience, Lance Tahmahkera

 

LINKS

CYNTHIA ANN & QUANAH PARKER TRAIL EXHIBIT

CHIEF QUANAH PARKER CENTRAL FIGURE IN PAINTING

CYNTHIA ANN & QUANAH PARKER PHOTOS ON DISPLAY

 

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