The Alvin Museum Society is sponsoring the Texas Lakes Trail Program’s traveling photographic exhibit “Quanah Parker – One Man, Two Worlds,” featuring rarely seen images of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and his mother Cynthia Ann Parker.
The exhibit is coming to Alvin, Texas in August and will be on display at the museum from Monday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 9.
Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah Parker are two important names in U.S. frontier history. Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals.
In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took 9 year old Cynthia Ann from her family. Over the following 25 years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to three children, with Quanah the eldest.
After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers where she never adjusted to what was considered a civilized life, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace. He was a war chief leading raids on buffalo hunters and settlers and then in 1875, agreed to settle on a reservation in Oklahoma.
The Comanches were the last Southern Plains tribe to surrender and Quanah is remembered as the last Comanche Chief. As a tribal leader, he later became a friend to President Theodore Roosevelt.
The photo exhibit tells this story of the lives of these two persons caught between two different worlds. The Lakes Trail Region views this traveling exhibit as a way to educate visitors about their lives. The Lakes Trail Program views this exhibit as the first step toward creating a traveling education exhibit and a heritage tourism program which uses the lives of these two persons to explain the complex story of a frontier era which involved great tragedies and deep human love as well as dramatic changes affecting large areas of both Texas and Oklahoma.
The Texas Lakes Trail Region is one of the 10 regional Heritage Trails programs created through the Texas Historical Commission.
The Alvin Historical Museum is located at 300 W. Sealy in Alvin, Texas. The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Story by Karolyn Gephart