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Current Exhibitions

How Weather Works: Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm

Do you ever wonder where weather comes from? All weather, including tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, can be traced back to two things: the Sun and Earth's spin. As the Sun heats a spinning Earth, the winds begin to blow, leading to all weather as we know it!

In this exciting interactive exhibit you will journey through the phenomena creating weather. The journey starts with the Sun and ends with things we can see and feel like wind, clouds, and rain.

Can things like irrigation and wind farms actually influence the weather? A research team led by Brian Ancell from the Atmospheric Sciences Group at Texas Tech helps to answer this question and explain our place in the weather. This exhibition is funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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Engaging Folsom (10,800 – 10,200) Hunter-Gatherers Using 3D Technology

October 2016 - October 2017

The Lubbock Lake Landmark is breaking the mold and encouraging visitors to handle 10,500-year-old tools and bones in this new exhibit. Using 3-D technology, this exhibit offers replicas of tools, weapons and bones from the Folsom era of more than 10,000 years ago. 
As the site of one of the oldest records of human existence in North America, the landmark is uniquely positioned to host the exhibit. The area once was a reservoir, drawing animals that provided a food source for humans who were either passing through or chose to live in the area. The Folsom people were a Paleo-Indian culture that occupied much of central North America. Now dry, the area is rich in archaeological history, yielding tools and weapons used by Folsom hunters and bones from bison that roamed the area.

This exhibit is one of the first to use 3-D technologies to provide a deeper level of interaction and understanding of the prehistoric hunter-gatherer society.



The Colors of Pie Town

February-July, 2017

Lee captured life in this small Catron County town in 1940. At the time Lee was a 36-year-old photographer for the Historical Section of the U. S. Farm Security Administration (FSA. The previous year he photographed the towns of Questa and Costilla in northern New Mexico, and it was while returning to that area that Lee heard of Pie Town.

The Pie Town photos helped establish Russell Lee's reputation as a documentary photographer. The majority of his images were in black–and-white, but he also used some color Kodachrome slide film. Although Lee took over 600 images of Pie Town, only 72 were in color.

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February-August, 2017

Contemplating the future—or possible futures—may summon images of the classic films Metropolis or Blade Runner, to name only two. It may conjure thoughts of the Rapture. It may make one smile with pleasure as the first driverless cars hit the road under the auspices of Über. We are endlessly reminded of (or threatened in the name of) our responsibilities to our grandchildren, to our alma maters, to our planet.

FUTUREscapes explores this theme by asking viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions.

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The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust

Open Through December 2017

This exhibition not only provides a context for Second World War, a history of the Holocaust and the Liberation, but offers an interactive, engaged experience of walking between 21 free-standing panels, each one honoring a Texas Liberator featured in this project. The exhibit features an Honor Roll - a wall with the names of over 300 Liberators the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission have recovered in their efforts to record and educate a wider public on the history of holocaust and genocide in the past and the present. This exhibit is part of the larger Texas Veteran Liberators Project, a collaboration between Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and Texas Tech University.

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