Building Our Dreams
Our Mission: To preserve the history of, tell the story of and instill pride in American agriculture and values.
Introduction to the American Museum of Agriculture The American Museum of Agriculture is currenty located in temporary facilities at East Broadway and Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock, Texas. Over forty years ago, a handful of Lubbock civic leaders, including Alton Brazell recognized that the region‘s agricultural heritage was slipping away. In 1969, Brazell convinced the Lubbock County Commissioner‘s Court to allow him to begin collecting the farm machinery that was a part of the technological transformation that took place on South Plains farms. The tractors, combines, plows, drills, and thousands of other farm-related artifacts became a part of the Lubbock County Historical Collection. In 2001, a non-profit group organized to assume responsibility of and administration of the Lubbock County Historical Collection and incorporated as the American Museum of Agriculture. In 2003, the museum contracted with the City of Lubbock to lease a beautiful 24.87-acre tract on the east side of downtown adjacent to Mackenzie Park. This prime site affords ample space for expansion and a stunning view of the downtown skyline. The site offers the museum the opportunity to interpret and showcase it‘s tremendous collection in both outdoor and indoor settings. It also provides a setting for the development of historic farm settings.
In 2008, the museum finalized contract agreements with the City of Lubbock by meeting the City‘s goal of raising $1 million toward the building project. The City granted the Museum a 50-year lease on the land with a 49-year option to renew. In 2009, MWM Architects of Lubbock were contracted to develop a master plan, site plan, and building plan for the Museum‘s new facility, and in May of 2010, Lee Lewis Construction was hired as the Construction Manager at Risk on the project. This new facility will be a living memorial to the thousands of farm families that were pioneers in agriculture and will serve as an educational and entertaining venue to tell the story of American agriculture. Lubbock County, the City of Lubbock and the people that live on the South Plains owe a tremendous debt to agriculture. It was primarily agriculture that transformed Lubbock from a tiny ranch trade village to a thriving metropolis of more than 200,000 people. It was agriculture that made Lubbock and the surrounding counties the leading region for cotton production in the nation.
The New American Museum of Agriculture The 25-acre site offers one of the most unique and desirable locations for a public structure in Lubbock. Situated on the rim of the Yellow House Canyon, the site provides ample space for a major museum building as well as space for exterior and interior storage units. Approximately 15 acres of the site are located on the rim of the canyon, divided from the remaining acreage by the Caprock escarpment. The lower ten acres slopes toward Yellow House Creek to the west. The optimal site for the main museum building is on the 15-acre tract above the rim of the canyon and adjacent to Broadway Avenue. This location allows a maximum view of the building as it is approached from Broadway. It also provides, from the building itself, a magnificent vista of the city skyline and a canyon overlook. The adjacent space provides room for parking and exterior exhibits.
The site also provides a natural setting for the different eras of American agriculture and thus allows for the development of â€œpocketâ€? interpretation sites that could be spaced along a winding drive leading from the floor of the canyon to the location of the main museum at the top. In addition, clusters of farm equipment arranged in groups for specific interpretation could be placed around the site.
VIEW OF DOWNTOWN LUBBOCK FROM BUILDING SITE
View from Broadway Avenue, west side of museum complex
Access to the site will be from Canyon Lake Drive in Mackenzie Park. This approach will provide a â€œfront doorâ€? entrance to the site through the construction of a winding drive from the entry point in Mackenzie Park to the museum parking lot. The road will be laid out to maximize utilization of the site for exterior displays and to provide future access to a series of historic structures or recreations that will demonstrate the evolution of farm structures over several centuries. Outdoor Patio
An outdoor patio area adjacent to the public meeting area will utilize the natural beauty of the bluff and capitalize on the view of downtown Lubbock. It will be an ideal location for outdoor weddings, meetings, receptions and demonstrations. Parking/ Access
The main parking area allows for approximately 92 spaces and 9 larger spaces for buses and trucks. A secondary lot can hold four delivery trucks with direct access to the catering kitchen and public meeting area. A service entrance will be located at the southeast corner of the site at Nutmeg and Broadway in close proximity to the main parking lot. Additional Structures
Upon completion of the main building, plans will be made for a workshop on the northeast corner of the property where volunteers can restore artifacts and build exhibits. A Cotton Heritage Center is also planned within walking distance of the museum.
Legend: 1. Museum Building 2. Outdoor Patio 3. Main Parking Lot 4. Service Lot 5. Cotton Heritage Center 6. Proposed Site for Workshop 7. Main Entrance 8. Bluff 9. Machinery Shed/ Covered Exhibit Area 10. Service Entrance
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- Exhibit Space 34, 774 SQ. FT. - Storage Space 4,568 SQ. FT. - Administrative Space 1,926 SQ. FT. - Rentable Public Space 4,905 SQ. FT. (does not include patio or central exhibit hall) - Restrooms
Interior Layout 1. Central Exhibit Hall, Gift Store and Reception Desk 2. Large Exhibit Hall 3. Agricultural Literacy Wing 4. Classroom/ Computer Lab 5. Plains Cotton Growers Public Meeting Room/ Theater 6. Catering Kitchen 7. Reception Area 8. Board Room 9. Director‘s Office 10. Curator‘s Office 11. Education Director‘s Office 12. Intern Office 13. Workroom 14. Library 15. Volunteer Break Room 16. Exhibit Storage 17. Document Archives 8
EXAMPLES OF PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL LITERACY EXHIBITS
Interior of Central Exhibit Hall
Interactive and Expanded Exhibits With almost 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new American Museum of Agriculture will have a first-class facility to utilize it‘s 3,500 artifacts and tell the story of agriculture. Agriculture Literacy Wing
Through use of technology and interactive exhibits, children and adults will gain an understanding of where their food and clothing comes from, starting with the farm. Additional exhibits will introduce visitors to the vast technologies used in today‘s modern agricultural industry. This wing will include a state-of the-art classroom and computer lab where teachers can conduct lessons and the public can participate in training and seminars. Central Exhibit Hall
This is the heart of the complex, where patrons will first enter the museum and interact with our staff and volunteers. Along with a gift shop, this space can be used as an extension of our public meeting area or as a temporary exhibit gallery. Large Exhibit Hall
This 24,000 wing will utilize our antique farm machinery and household items to tell the story of the first farmers, American agriculture, and the Cotton Kingdom. Exhibts will focus on special topics of regional interest including the Tractorcade to Washington and FDR‘s Ropesville Farming Project. Visitors will learn the stories behind the equipment as they gain an understanding of rural life and the pioneering spirit our nation was built upon.
West Side of Building where Public Meeting Area and Patio are located
Public Spaces Since the pioneering days of agriculture, people have gathered together to celebrate a harvest, as a community to thresh a neighbors wheat, or in a barn for dancing. The new American Museum of Agriculture will serve the South Plains Area as a premier gathering site with over 4, 000 square feet of meeting space. Plains Cotton Growers Public Meeting Room & Theater
This multi functional room has a theater capacity of 400 and banquet capacity for 320. Additional space is available by opening two sets of sliding doors and combining this room with the central exhibit hall and outdoor patio. Connected to a catering kitchen, this will be an ideal venue for meetings, banquets, weddings and receptions. Catering Kitchen
At just under 500 square feet, the kitchen has ample counter space for food assembly, including a freestanding island. The kitchen will have refrigeration and warming ovens. With four doors, one leading directly to the service lot, three events can be catered at the same time.
Central Exhibit Hall and Reception Area
Classroom/ Computer Lab
The classroom. located in the Agricultural Literacy Wing, is available for groups to hold workshops, trainings, meetings and seminars. It is a great alternative for smaller groups and with a door leading from the Agricultural Literacy Wing directly to the kitchen, the classroom is easily catered to.
AMA Board of Directors
The Agriculture Heritage Museum dba the American Museum of Agriculture is a 501(c) (3) organization that preserves the history and tells the story of American agriculture. For accounting purposes, our Tax ID Number is 75-2940167.
The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
www.agriculturehistory.org 1501 Canyon Lake Drive
PO Box 505
Lubbock, Texas 79408
(806) 775-1357 Fax