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A merican M useum President Dan Taylor Vice President Patti Jones Secretary Curtis Griffith Treasurer Waylon Carroll Executive Director Lacee Hoelting Board of Directors Zach Brady Alton Brazell Scott Burris Waylon Carroll Ron Chandler Vic Coker Coy Harris Don Harris Mitchell Harris Lynn Harrist Lee Ruth Krieg Jerry Meers Steve Moffett Clint Robinson Brett Underwood Tommy Woolam Stanley Young


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After 41 years of collecting artifacts, and nine years as a non-profit organization, the American Museum of Agriculture broke ground on its new facility at 1351 East Broadway. On April 4, 2011, a windy day on the South Plains, nearly 75 members, directors, and volunteers joined the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, MWM Architects, and Lee Lewis Construction to celebrate this huge milestone in museum history. Mayor Pro Tem Floyd Price addressed the crowd. “This is one of the most beautiful spots in the City of Lubbock and I am honored that this facility is in my district,” Price said. “The City of Lubbock is proud to be part of this organization.” City Councilman Paul Beane and County Commissioner Patti Jones were also in attendance. Jones acknowledged former board member, Vicki Davis Patschke for the initial donation of $100,000 from her estate to start the building fund. It was people like her who had the foresight to see the need for this agricultural museum. Curtis Griffith, capital campaign chairman recognized efforts of former board members like David Langston and thanked Coy Harris with the American Wind Power Center for allowing AMA the generous use of their facility these past 10 years. “What better place in America could there be to document the history and heritage of agriculture than in Lubbock, Texas? Agriculture remains the driving force behind this region,” said Dan Taylor, AMA board president.

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Lacee Hoelting, museum director, thanked members and volunteers and recognized the board of directors for all of their hard work. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Alton Brazell. He started the collection in

1969. And we are so proud he will be here to help us open the doors of the new building in early 2012,” said Hoelting. She also reminded the crowd that this is phase I, and while we are super-excited, we still have a long way to go and big plans for the future. The first phase will include a large exhibit hall, director’s office, outdoor patio, restrooms, and a main road from Canyon Lake Drive, a parking lot and handicap access sidewalks from Nutmeg Avenue. The interior of phase I encompasses just over 27,000 square feet, a large increase from the museum’s current 10,000 square foot building. Phase I is scheduled to be completed in late October of this year. AMA will begin moving artifacts and exhibits throughout the winter and aims to be open to the public in early 2012. There are still numerous sponsorship opportunities available in the new facility and later this year we will be looking for individuals and companies to sponsor educational exhibits. Only three brick columns remain on Canyon Lake Drive for sponsorship. Please contact Lacee at 806-239-5796, for more information on sponsorships. Top: Laser leveler helps smooth out concrete foundation for new building in May. Middle: Directors break ground on April 4, 2011. Bottom: American Flag placed at building site

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TABLE SPONSORS American Bank of Commerce B.C. Supply B.E. Implement Partners, Ltd. Capital Farm Credit D&M Farmer JV Dan & Linda Taylor Dan & Lee Ruth Krieg Don Harris Appraisal & Rachel’s Fine Fabrics Doyle & Cindy Buxkemper Fuddruckers & River Smiths Garrison Family Foundation Glasscock County Co-op Gin Heritage Equipment Co. Inc. Hurst Farm Supply Inc. Idalou Co-op Gin Insurance Partners J.W. & Breena Payton Jarvis Metal Kimbell Gin Machinery Lee Lewis Construction Inc. Liberty Co-op Gin Lone Star State Bank Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Lubbock Co. Farm Bureau Lubbock National Bank Lummus Corporation Lynn & Cindy Harrist Massey Irrigation McWhorter Tire Co. Meers Pest Solutions Mike & Felicia Fillingim Monsanto/Delta Pine MWM Architects, Inc. The Paul Brooks Family Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Posey Gin Inc. Spike Dyke Ford & Reagor - Dykes Auto Group South Plains Compost, Inc. South Plains Electric Co-op South Plains Valley Irrigation Southwest Gin Street Community Gin The Trinity Company Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources United Cotton Growers Vic Coker Land Co. Visit Lubbock Waylon Carroll Western Implement Co. Windstar, Inc. Woolam Gin Wylie & Son, Inc. Z.S. Brady & Co.

Texas Country Reporter Fundraiser - Huge Success for Museum In October of 2010, Alton Brazell, AMA’s founder, was featured on the hit show, Texas Country Reporter. This started a chain of events that led to our first, large-scale fundraising dinner. On May 5, 2011, more than 700 people attended An Evening with Bob Phillips, A night for the American Museum of Agriculture. Attendees were treated to a prime rib dinner catered by Red Raider Meats, live music from Texas Stardust, and entertained by the Master of Ceremonies, Steve Moffett, General Manager of Lubbock Electric Company. Phillips, better known as the Texas Country Reporter, entertained and motivated attendees with tales from his travels. He recounted stories from his early days as a cameraman to inspiring stories of people he had met on the highways and by-ways of Texas. Phillips told the crowd how important the museum is to our heritage and promised Texas Country Reporter would do a story on the museum, once we open our doors to the public in early 2012. Additional speakers included Mayor Tom Martin who presented Phillips with a certificate naming him as an honorary citizen

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of Lubbock, Texas. In a more humorous moment, Mayor Martin took off his Texas flag tie and gave it to Phillips who had complimented it earlier that evening. Glasscock County FFA members were there to showcase an early 1900s McCormick Deering reaper at the entrance to the Civic Center. Moffett asked the students to stand up and be recognized during the dinner. The reaper along with multiple displays will be donated to the museum later this year for exhibition in the new building. With 15 event sponsors, over 50 table sponsorships, and a live auction, the dinner raised just under $85,000 for the museum. A very special thank is extended to Clint Robinson and Capital Farm Credit for sponsoring Phillips program. AMA would also like to thank the fundraising committee that helped to put on the event. Please view page the margins on page two and three for a complete list of donors and sponsors. AMA would also like to congratulate Eddie Thetford who won a $250 gift certificate for Texas Tech boots after the event. His name was drawn from pledge cards filled out the night of the fundraiser. AMA looks forward to hosting more events of this magnitude in the future. Thank you for your support.

Top Left: Texas Stardust, Middle Top: Emma Matkin with PCCA and Scott Tutle pose with Bob, Top Right: Clint Robinson with Capital Farm Credit visits with Bob at the Meet and Greet Middle Left: Bob addresses the crowd, Middle Right: Glasscock FFA, Bottom Left: Crowd before dinner, Bottom Middle: Curtis & Sue Griffith, Bottom Right: Lynn & Cindy Harrist

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Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

AUCTION DONORS Ag Texas Best Buy Doyle & Cindy Buxkemper Caprock Winery Congressman Randy Neugebauer Custom Shell Gebo’s JoniKeith Dan & Lee Ruth Krieg Llano Estacado Winery McPherson Cellars McWhorter’s Tire Co. Plains Cotton Cooperative Association James & Donna Powell ADDITIONAL DONATIONS Bozeman Machinery, LP Mullin, Hoard & Brown LLP THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS WHO DONATED TICKETS TO AMA VOLUNTEERS Jarvis Metals J.W. & Breena Payton Street Community Gin Dan & Linda Taylor The Trinity Company West Texas Chevy Dealers

And a very special thank you to Clint Robinson, Tanya Foerster, and Capital Farm Credit for sponsoring Bob Phillips.

PLANNING COMMITTEE AMA Board of Directors Mary Jane Buerkle Cindy Buxkemper Doyle Buxkemper Felicia Filligim Tanya Foerster Erica Irlbeck Linda King Mona Oney Donna Powell James Powell Linda Taylor

Name: Address: City: State:


Email: Please circle one: Inidividual $35

Crew Boss $500

Pioneer $10,000

Family $50

Sod Buster $1000

Master Farmer $25,000

Top Hand $250

Homesteader $5,000

Please send form with payment to: PO Box 505, Lubbock, TX 79408 Memberships may also be purchased online at Benefits of membership and pledge forms can be found on the website. American Museum of Agriculture

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A Word from the Board NEW MEMBERS & RENEWALS * denotes new membership

AMA Board Secretary & Capital Campaign Chairman - Curtis Griffith Chairman of the Board, City Bank Texas

SOD BUSTER Don & Paula Duff* CREW BOSS Terry & Sherri Adcock Doyle & Cindy Buxkemper Marjorie Cone Kastman James & Jackie Smith South Plains Electric Cooperative Dale & Cheryl Swinburn Texas Agribusiness Insurance - Stoney Jackson Texas Star Co-op Gin TOP HAND All-Tex Seed, Levelland William Bennett Bozeman Machinery Bozeman Tire Harvey & Joyce Garrison* Benny & Judy Gray Doug & Valerie Hlavaty* Terry & Sheri Hurst Dan & Lee Ruth Krieg Steve & Rhea Lyn Newton Steve & Patti Jones FAMILY Roy Blanchard Irene Brooks Daniel & Zada Cave Chesnutt Cotton Company George Hardberger* Lynda Heinrich* Rex & Nancy Isom David & Pat Jones Mr. & Mrs. John Kveton Jeff & Kendra Landsdell* Warren Moerbe Charles & Jerry Beth Shannon Billy, Sharon & Courtney Shofner Benny & Sue Sides Jim Stewart Cecil & LaVerne Stolle Texas Battery Co.* Emerson & Pat Tucker Kyle & Allison Vaughn* Charles & Jere Wade Bill & Sharon Waters Don & Neoma Williams Larry & Patti Work* James & Mary Jo Underwood

Dear Members, I have the honor of chairing the fundraising efforts for the American Museum of Agriculture. I have been involved with the Museum since the first planning sessions over ten years ago and I am thrilled to see our original dreams becoming reality. I grew up on a cotton farm in Cochran County, attended Texas Tech and have divided my working life between banking, farming and cotton ginning. My family has been farming in the Lubbock area since 1924, when my grandfather and father worked long days plowing eighty acres of sandy ground southwest of Brownfield with mules and horses. During my father’s lifetime, he saw more changes in agriculture production than had occurred in all of prior human history. I am so thankful that Alton Brazell and others have gathered so many artifacts to document those remarkable changes for future generations. I am also thankful that so many of you have given of your time and money to provide a facility that will tell the incredible story of American Agriculture. We have raised nearly $2.2 million for the Building Fund which will allow us to construct the roads, parking lot, patio and large building that make up Phase 1 of our master plan. Now for the not-so-good news. Phase I will

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require virtually all of what we have raised. It would be wonderful (and more cost-efficient) to build the entire project at one time, but our board of directors firmly believes that we will not spend money that we don’t have. (I guess that means none of us could be a Congressman or Senator!) Over $3 million more will be needed to construct the remainder of the project and begin an endowment that will support operation of the museum. This is a big fundraising goal but we believe that it can be achieved. We have grant applications with local and area foundations and continue to seek significant support from local and national companies that are involved in agriculture. In addition, we need your help. Any amount that you can give is deeply appreciated, but we also need your knowledge. If you know about an individual, family, company or foundation that might be willing to support the museum, please let Lacee know. Donations need not be in cash. We can accept some types of property, paid-up insurance policies, and bequests designated in wills and other forms of planned giving. We will initiate the contact and, if possible, set up a meeting. If you have a personal relationship with the potential donor and are willing to attend a meeting with them, that is even better. With all of us working together, we can have the best facility in the country to tell the history of American Agriculture and inform people of all ages about the importance of agriculture and its bright future. Thank you for your support. Curtis Griffith Page 4

Chili Feed Brings Large Crowd & Donation to the Museum AMA’s Annual Chili Feed was held January 29 at the museum. More than 100 people came to enjoy hot chili and fixings prepared by Waylon Carroll, AMA board member. FFA students from Lubbock-Cooper FFA and Frenship FFA were on hand to display their award winning science fair projects. Bailey Brashears and Blake Conners of Frenship recieved a gold medal at the National FFA agriscience fair for their project on E.Coli in beef. Jayton Jones of Lubbock-Cooper received a silver medal for his water project. Jayton Rainey of Slaton FFA was also recognized but could not be in attendance. Executive director, Lacee Hoelting informed the crowd of a new sponsorship

opportunity where individuals or businesses could sponsor outdoor exhibit signs for $100 each. The signs are an effort to improve visitor experience with our outdoor exhibits. For more information on the outdoor exhibit signs, please contact Lacee. The South Plains Antique Tractor Association was on hand to give a donation to the museum. Jim Johnson and Joe Embry handed over a large check for $10,000 on behalf of SPATA. The money is raised through an antique tractor raffle each year. The winner is anounced at the Antique Tractor and Engine Show the third weekend in October. This year’s raffle tractor is a 1969 John Deere 1020. Tickets can be purchased for $5.

Left: Jayton Jones displays an award certificate, Middle: Jim Johnson & Joe Embry present donation to Dan Taylor & Lacee Hoelting, Right: Blake Connors & Bailey Brashears tell crowd of their experiences iwth the agriscience fair.

-Walt Disney

June 21, 2011 Ice Cream Social from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. @ the museum, 1501 Canyon Lake Drive

INDIVIDUALS Jim & Lynne Shearer James Silhan Frances Sowder QUARTERLY VOLUNTEERS Alton Brazell Glenn Blackmon Waylon Carroll C.D. Cash Ron Chandler Vic Coker J.T. Drake Felicia Fillingim Curtis Griffith Roger Haldenby Joe Hall Don Harris Mitchell Harris Clay Hoelting Edsel Huie Erica Irlbeck Patti Jones Linda King Lee Ruth Krieg Jerry Meers Weldon Menzer Steve Moffett Mona Oney Terry Parr Red Rivers C. Don Rhodes Clint Robinson Leonard Schmidt Charles Stewart Wayne Swart Wanda Swart Dan Taylor Linda Taylor Ray Thomas Brett Underwood Preston Upshaw Dale Winders Tommy Woolam Stanley Youn

July 11-15, 2011 83rd Annual Texas State FFA Convention United Spirit Arena August 27, 2011 AMA Annual Membership Meeting 6:00 p.m. Invitation to Follow American Museum of Agriculture

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Remembering Those Special To Us

a unique way to honor or remember someone special For the convenience of our members and readers, we now have memorial and honorarium forms available to print online. Go to

Adcock Gin Co.

Forms can be found in the top, right-hand corner

Buster’s Gin

under the heading Forms/Downloads.

Center Point Gin

Send your completed form and payment to American Museum of Agriculture

Close City Co-op Gin

PO Box 505

Libety Co-op Gin

Lubbock, TX 79408

Long S Gin Inc. Marble Bros. Gin

Special Thanks

New Home Co-op Gin North Gin Ltd. Owens Co-op Gin Southwest Gin Street Community Gin Texas Star Co-op Gin Tinsley Gin Welch Gin Wells Farmers Co-op Gin West Camp Gin Windstar Gins Inc. Woolam Gin Yellowhouse Gin


Buster Abbe by the Patschke Family Napoleon Ausbie by Hurst Farm Supply Burnett Brazell by Alton & Nila Brazell Bruce Brightbill by Hurst Farm Supply Blair Brown by Don & Neoma Willliams De Wayne Brown by Don & Neoma Williams Bob Cooer by Hurst Farm Supply Gail D’Alise by Hurst Farm Supply Jimmy & Vetral Davis by the Patschke Family Leslye Fondren Bill Fry by Hurst Farm Supply Bill Fry by Benny & Judy Gray Bill Fry by Hurst Farm Supply Frank Hadderton, Sr. by Hurst Farm Supply Cecil Harris by Sammy & Marilyn Harris Cecil Harris by Shyrle & K.W. Hill Estelle McCaslin by Mike & Charlene Madison Mozelle Goble by Billy Fortenberry Christi Gutierrez by Alton & Nila Brazell Sam Jackson by Woolam Gin Murry Joiner by Hurst Farm Supply Winnie Jones by by Hurst Farm Supply Leota Langston by Shella Barclay & Steve Warren Leota Langston by Don & Betty Bell Leota Langston by Gary Bell Leota Langston by Doyle & Cindy Buxkemper Leota Langston by Waylon Carroll Leota Langston by Harold & Melva Flournoy Leota Langston by David & Cathy Fry Leota Langston by Tennie Fry Leota Langston by S.L. Garrison Leota Langston by Robert & Diane Gossett Leota Langston by Carolynn Gregg Leota Langston by Bobby Joe & Helen Jennings Leota Langston by Alfred Holton Leota Langston by Hurst Farm Supply Leota Langston by Marble Families of South Plains, TX

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Leota Langston by Charles Mason Family Leota Langston by McWhorter, Cobb & Johnson LLP Leota Langston by the Patschke Family Leota Langston by Plains Cotton Growers Leota Langston by Reese Technology Center Arnold Lehman by the Patschke Family Alfred Lloyd by Hurst Farm Supply Frances Melcher by Hurst Farm Supply James Parks by Hurst Farm Supply DC Pearson, Jr. by Scotty, Carla, Brandy, Kody & Kade Bessent DC Pearson, Jr. by Hurst Farm Supply Wayne Rainwater by Hurst Farm Supply Glenn Ramsey by Hurst Farm Supply Alice Reid by Plains Cotton Growers Spencer Reid by Plains Cotton Growers Tracy Roberts by Hurst Farm Supply Jimmy Rosson by Hurst Farm Supply Rodrick Shaw by David Langston Mayree Silhan by Hurst Farm Supply Louie Strange by Roy & Bev Howard Rev. Bonner & Lenora Teeter by Hurst Farm Supply Edna Walter by Hurst Farm Supply Wade Thompson by Hurst Farm Supply Sonny Watson by by Hurst Farm Supply A.A. “Bus” Wimmer by Hurst Farm Supply


Dan Taylor Family by Waylon Carroll Dan and Linda Taylor Family by Carlton & Janis Beesing Dan & Linda Taylor by Joel & Sallye Tankersley Dan & Linda Taylor by Joe & Phyllis Lemon Thomas & DeLinda Hicklen by Joel & Sallye Tankersley Thomas & DeLinda Hicklen by Joe & Phyllis Lemon

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FFA Chapters Contribute to AMA’s Collection AMA is blessed to have a large collection of farm implements, but many artifacts are in need of restoration. That’s where local FFA chapters are really stepping up and helping the musuem. In 2010, two FFA chapters, Whiteface and Cotton Center took artifacts from the museum and restored them as part of a restoration contest. Not only did they do excellent work, they entered the projects in the horse-drawn equipment class at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo’s Agricultural Mechanization Show in February. Cotton Center restored a walking cultivator and a John Deere horse-drawn, one-row cotton picker. They received blue ribbons on both projects. Executive director Lacee Hoelting and volunteer coordinator Red Rivers traveled to the contest in San Angelo to interact with students and see the 283 projects submitted from around the state. Glasscock County FFA members are also donating an early 1900s model McCormick Deering reaper. The students worked very hard on the reaper and even created display panels out of the original canvas belts. The reaper along with the displays is being donated to the museum to display in the new building. With over 3,500 artifacts in our collection, AMA is always looking for groups to restore equipment. The museum is both grateful and proud of the hard work of Whiteface, Cotton Center and Glasscock County FFA members. For more information on restoring equipment or to look at our collection for next years’s Agriculture Mechanics show, contact Lacee at 806239-5796.

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Cotton Center FFA team poses next to horse-drawn cultivator

Glasscock County FFA member explains how the reaper works to visitors

McCormick Deering Reaper

Red Rivers explains certain aspects of John Deere 3020 to FFA member Left: John Deere One-Row Cotton Picker

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American Museum of Agriculture PO Box 505 Lubbock, TX 79408

Hours The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Special tours are available upon request.

Contact Us 806.744.3786 - museum 806.239.5796 - director 806.775.1357 - fax E-mail: amadirector@

on the first official day of summer...


Held at the American Museum of Agriculture Bring the family and a freezer of your best homemade ice cream. Prizes will be awarded to the top three ice cream entries. Judging starts at 7:15, socializing to follow. American Museum of Agriculture

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The Plow, Volume 10, Issue 1  

All the latest happenings and upcoming events at the American Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock, Texas.

The Plow, Volume 10, Issue 1  

All the latest happenings and upcoming events at the American Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock, Texas.