Frisco Heritage Museum

This past spring, I discovered the Frisco Heritage Museum in Frisco, Texas.   Initially, I went to fulfill an extra credit assignment given by my Western Civilization professor.  I was to view the Quanah Parker photo exhibit and answer a series of questions.  I did.  It was a fascinating lesson in the struggle between the native tribal population in Texas and Oklahoma, and the pioneers who settled the land in the mid-nineteenth century.  The photos told of the bloody toll the clash of cultures took on both sides, and chronicled the rise of the last Comanche chief from local tribesman to national statesman.

The museum is also host to a number of other permanent exhibits that highlight the city’s one hundred year history.  Who knew that this bustling economic and retail hub was once just a dusty stop on the Shawnee Trail?

To give the visitor a first hand reminder of Frisco’s rich history, the grounds are home to a handful of historical buildings that date back to it’s inception.  There’s a train depot – complete with train, the Lebanon Baptist Church, an old windmill, the Crozier-Sickles house, and the Smith-Muse house.  They are all wonderfully preserved and give an insightful glimpse into the past.

I’ve been back several times now, camera in hand.  This weekend, I stumbled across some photos I took on my last trip.   Hope you enjoy.

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Independence Day

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with my family.  It was an amazing trip that left me filled with a sense of patriotism and pride.  I thought today, our nation’s celebrated day of independence, was a fitting time to post of few of my photographs.

Friendship Arch, ChinatownIMG_3254

A view of the Capitol taken as I crossed the streetIMG_3285

The Washington MonumentIMG_3398

The World War II MemorialIMG_3465

A funny fish water feature at the base of a statue.IMG_3575

The Jefferson Memorial IMG_3647

A woman working in the lab at the Smithsonian’s Natural History MuseumIMG_3794

The Capital dome.IMG_4024

The front steps of the Capitol.IMG_4179

The Capitol dome and the Stars and StripesIMG_4226

The Lincoln MemorialIMG_4363

Big crowdsIMG_4415

Lincoln’s statue.IMG_4450

Arlington National CemeteryIMG_4619

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  This picture is flawed but I was struck by the expression on this young Marine’s face.IMG_4626

Changing of the guard.IMG_4638

The Eternal Flame.IMG_4608