Heart of the High Plains: Panhandle Plains Historical Museum | KAMR

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum has been a Texas staple since opening its doors in 1933.

Located on the West Texas A&M campus in Canyon, PPHM is hard to miss.

“We are now a facility that spans a block of Canyon, Texas, and has nearly three million artifacts. We’re more than just a place to come see artifacts. We are a gathering place for the community, a place where children can learn and be inspired,” said Stephanie Price, director of marketing for the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.

The new Education Credit Union history studio inside the museum will allow them to do just that.

“This space is for people who come to the community to gather, but also for our children to learn what they saw in the museum during a visit, and then we will go to the STEAM lab” , says Price.

Which is just down the hall from the story studio.

“The STEAM Lab is focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. It’s our brand new space here at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum and it’s all about letting kids explore, use their imaginations and learn the basic subjects they learn in school but in a different way,” said said Price.

The new lab allows students from across the region to come and perform all kinds of science experiments, from wind power to running a motorized car.

“We can teach just about anything in this space. It’s a great space for kids to come and crawl on the floor, check out the marbles, get dirty, dirty and really engage with the things they’re learning in school,” Price said.

Which Price says will inspire the younger generation to keep going and achieve something great.

“We know that one day we could train the next astronaut or the next scientist who discovers a cure for a terrible disease or the next artist who paints a magnificent masterpiece. So we know that STEAM space is really going to have an impact on our community,” Price said.

The STEAM lab will be open to the public this summer.

But the museum will have its “night of educators” on Thursday, March 3.

It will be free admission for educators and five dollars for all other guests.

To learn more about the event and the museum itself, click here: https://www.panhandleplains.org/

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