Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum


Calendar Of Events


Saturday, April 22, 2017
10am - 2:00pm
21st Annual Cotton & Rural History Conference
This year's keynote speaker will be Andrew Torget. He is an
historian and professor at the University of North Texas and will be
talking about his book; Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery and the
Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850
His book has
won numerous awards and critics have praised the book, saying
it signals the arrival of an important new book on Texas and
Southwestern History. In addition to our keynote speaker, there will
also be an eyewitness oral history panel and a professional
historians panel.
Tickets cost $12 per person and includes a BBQ lunch
from Ernie's BBQ. Advance registration is required.
Contact the Museum at (903) 450-4502 or more information.


Saturday, April 29, 2017
Golden Oldies Movie Night
Our main feature will be Nancy Drew . . . Troubleshooter.
Thirty minutes prior to the movie we will
show an episode from Jungle Jim. Admission to the movie is
free and popcorn and soft drinks will be served.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Lunch Break Special Presents:
David Hurley from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Admission to program is free for museum members;
otherwise there is a general admission charge of $6 adults,
$4 seniors/veterans/college students and $2 6-18 yr. olds.


Saturday, May 13, 2017
Audie Murphy Day
Some of our noted speakers will include actor Brett Halsey. He starred
with Audie in the film To Hell & Back. Brett began acting at a young age
and continues to act today. Just a few of the many films he was in
include Ma & Pa Kettle at Home, Hot Rod Rumble, Return of the Fly and
Godfather: Part III. He also earned golden globes for his performance
in Desire in the Dust and the episode "New Star of the Year" in the tv show
Follow the Sun. In addition to acting, Brett is also a writer. His
bestselling book The Magnificent Strangers won a Porgie Award in 1979
and his most recent book is a thriller titled A Grave Misunderstanding.

Col. Richard Kaniss is a Retired Transportation Colonel. He
served in the Army for more than thirty years. His last deployment was
a two year tour overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom -
Philippines from 2001 - 2003. Col. Kaniss is currently the chapter
President for the Association of United States Army - North Texas -
Audie Murphy Chapter. In 2015 the AUSA chapter was named the
"Best" chapter by AUSA National for its worldwide support of
Wounded Warriors, their Leadership Program and their Veterans Job initiates.

Morning Program begins at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center:
8:30am - Exhibition Room opens/registration
9:30am - Program begins:
Post Colors, Invocation, pledge, National Anthem
Welcome - Steve Ramsey, President of Museum
Speaker - Col. Richard Kaniss, Ret.
Musical Interlude
Speaker - Brett Halsey, actor
Speaker - WWII living historian from Able Company
Recognition of Veterans - Hunt County Veterans Honor Guard
Speaker - Coy Prather
Recognition of Murphy family members
Discussion on ration stamps
Retire colors

Activities move over to Museum:
2:00pm - To Hell & Back movie
4:00pm - Episode of Gunsmoke
5:00pm - Bingo
6:30pm - Q&A session with Brett Halsey
7:00pm - Submarine Seahawk movie
8:30pm - Candlelight Remembrance at Statue

Living history encampment on museum grounds all day!

Hotels offering a discount, just mention the museum or Audie Day.
Best Western Plus Monica Rayale
$84.99 Standard King or Double Queen
$94.99 Suite
$104.99 Two-room Suite
(903) 454-3700

Holiday Inn Express
$89.99 Standard King or Double Queen
$99.99 Suite
$109.00 Two-Room Suite
(903) 454-8680

Comfort Suites
$99 King or Double Queen
(903) 259-6427


May 12-13, 2017
WWII Living History Days
A new addition to Audie Murphy Day this year!
Find out what living conditions were like for soldiers during WWII
as Able Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd parachute Infantry Regiment,
101st Airborne Division sets up an encampment on the museum
grounds. Some of the displays will consist of uniforms,
parachute equipment, medical supplies and tents, including a fully
functional field kitchen.
It will be FREE to see all of the displays on the museum grounds.
Friday: 10am - 5pm
This will be a great opportunity for teachers to arrange a field
trip on this day by calling the Museum at (903) 450-4502.
Saturday: 9am - 5pm

June 3-4, 2017
Cotton Boll ArtFest
This juried arts and crafts festival will feature hand-made items like
pottery, jewelry, wood-working, paintings, fused glass, soaps
and much more! For all you kids and families out there we will
also have a Kids Korner where you can make your own craft
to take home.

Admission: $4 for adults, 12 and under free
Admission includes entrance to both the festival and the museum.
Proceeds benefit the Museum's exhibits and educational activities.

Artist vendor registration deadline is April 4th. Click on the
following link for a registration form.

Cotton Boll ArtFest form


July 18-22, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Camp Kilroy

6-10 yr. olds
$55 per student
Registration now open! Limited number of spots available!
Our popular summer camp program this year will focus on the
World War II era. All of the arts and crafts, songs, games and
demonstrations will relate to the theme.