Comanche Chief Quanah Parker : Lawton, Oklahoma
Communicating With The Spirit / Doug Agee
Bailey House -
Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit
A woman of
Two Worlds and a Man in Two Worlds
The photo exhibit will be hosted by The
Rockwall County Historical Foundation from August 23, 2018 through
September 30, 2018, weekly Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00
pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
At the Opening Reception: Sunday, August
19 | 4-6 pm, meet local historian Garvin Tate, Western artists Doug
Agee, Susan Varner, Jim Bryant, and storyteller with Native American
flutes Richard Nash.
“The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit, A Woman
OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds.” is a traveling exhibit of rarely
seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker. The photo exhibit will be
hosted by The Rockwall County Historical Foundation from August 23, 2018
through September 30, 2018, weekly Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 am
to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Bailey House at 903 E.
Washington St., Rockwall, TX 75087 located in Harry Myers Park. Adult
admission: $5.00; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by
Cynthia Ann and 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 Cynthia
Ann from her family. Over the following years, she became wife to a
Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah. After Cynthia
Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most
important Comanche leaders both in war and peace.
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.
Several individuals and organizations are involved in this effort.
Douglas Harman, board member of the Lakes Trail Region and Clara Ruddell,
Historic Photograph Research and Consulting, worked with the Lakes Trail
Program to put this exhibit together. Clara Ruddell is the principal
researcher assembling the photo materials.
The Redstone Visual Impression Company, through its graphic designer
Paula Abney, created the exhibit materials for display. Many
organizations and individuals have assisted in making available photos
and information which have gone into the creation of the exhibit.
Special recognition must be given to the Comanche Nation and the many
members of the Parker family for keeping this story alive and sharing
materials and information. Ben Tahmahkera, great great grandson of
Quanah, has provided special inspiration for the project. This exhibit
is the beginning of an effort to bring more attention to the important
Native American heritage in our region. The exhibit is sponsored by The
Texas Trail of Fame.
The Texas Lakes Trail Region is one of the ten Heritage Trail Regions
created through the Texas Historical Commission.
The traveling exhibit of rarely seen photographs of Quanah and Cynthia
Ann Parker will be on display and will be enhanced by displays of
Rockwall County artists.
At the Opening Reception: Sunday, August 19 | 4-6 pm, meet local
historian Garvin Tate, Western artists Doug Agee, Susan Varner, Jim
Bryant, and storyteller with Native American flutes Richard Nash.