For 20 years, the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation and the City of Plano have provided an educational event for the youth of Plano and the surrounding metroplex. Developed in 2002, by Duane and Bonnie Peter, the Archaeology Fair is an event which offers budding “junior archaeologists” an opportunity to participate in a mock … Continue reading The Plano Conservancy Archeological Fair
The Interurban Railway Museum is currently undergoing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) construction project. For the next few months the front entrance, lobby and restrooms will be unavailable. Visitors can still tour the main exhibit room, view the model train, experiment in the hands on electrical room and tour historic Car 360. The temporary … Continue reading Interurban Railway Museum Update
"Keep an eye on the Douglass mural! Officially titled "Tracks of Our Past and Future," the mural is a tribute to the Douglass Community's past and future, commissioned by the Douglass Community Arts Advisory Council. It is currently undergoing restoration."- Plano Arts & Events July 15, 2022 "Tracks of Our Past & Future" was created … Continue reading Restoration of the Douglass Community Mural “Tracks of Our Past”
Sam Rayburn was born in the eastern part of Tennessee in 1882. The Rayburn family moved to a farm just west of Bonham, Texas in 1887. "Mr. Sam", as he was affectionately known by friends, colleagues and constituents, would grow up to be one of the most influential politicians in American history. (One note on … Continue reading The Sam Rayburn Library & Museum
Scenes from Juneteenth 2022 at Haggard Park in Plano, Texas Thanks to the Douglass Visions Committee for bringing us all together!
Over the years many creative people have been a part of the Plano Conservancy-Interurban Railway Museum team. These talented folks have written, edited, photographed and drawn content for many historical, informative publications. Please take a look, there's something for everyone. Murder and Mayhem on the Texas Rails Texas has a long, romantic history when it … Continue reading Summer Reading For All Ages
One of our former interns, Sydney Andrea Landers, is self publishing her grad school project, AGBANY! AGBANY ( Action Group for Better Architecture in New York )is a ~50 page graphic novel short read that details the activism that fought to preserve Penn Station in New York City before its tragic demolition in 1963. Copies … Continue reading Historic Preservation Graphic Novel
Over the past decade we have been fortunate to offer an intern program. Our interns have gone on to work for Architectural Resources Group, Discover Children's Museum, Trinidad History Museum, Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and FEMA. We would like to introduce our 2022 interns. Zhang (Hang) Zhihang is from a border town … Continue reading Meet Our 2022 Interns!
This excerpt is from the book "Murder and Mayhem on the Texas Rails" which will be released on May 30th by the History Press. The first Friday in May of 1924 would never be forgotten by Bob Riley. The thirty nine year old Riley had intentions of catching a ride on a Fort Worth streetcar. … Continue reading The Banana Peel Incident
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. There are multiple opportunities to celebrate and participate in Plano, Texas. May 6th- Story Time at the Interurban Railway Museum Start your Plano AsiaFest … Continue reading Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Plano