Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum


Calendar Of Events


Friday, March 27, 2015
Easter After Dark
7:30 pm
It's time to have some fun at our annual adults only easter egg hunt!
Prizes range from candy, gift cards, admission tickets to museum in DFW
all the way up to tickets to the Texas Motor Speedway Nascar race
in November and small and large cash prizes, including one egg with $75!
Tickets are now on sale.
Tickets cost $8 in advance and for museum members, $10 day of the event.
There are a limited number of tickets available so get yours early!

Friday, April 3, 2015
Museum will be closed for Good Friday holiday.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015
12:00 pm
Lunch Break Special Presents:
Byron Chitwood on Composting
Program is free to museum members, otherwise it is regular admission
of $6 adults, $4 seniors/veterans/college students, $2 6-18 yr. olds.


Saturday, April 18, 2015
19th Annual Cotton & Rural History Conference

9:30am - 1:30pm
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Andres Tijerina about "Tejanos in Texas Cotton Culture." A native of Ozona, Texas, Dr. Tijerina earned his Doctorate from the
University of Texas at Austin and is currently a professor of history at Austin
Community College. An award-winning author of numerous publications
on Tejano history, Dr. Tijerina is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical
Association and an active presenter to gatherings of historians throughout Texas.

Historians' panel will consist of:
Dr. Nick Nelson, Texas A&M University- Commerce
- "Opportunity or
Oligarchy: Class and Mobility in the Antebellum Cotton Economy of Texas"
Dr. Deborah Liles, University of North Texas - "In the Absence
of Cotton: Slaves in the Livestock Industry."

Registration is required. Deadling to register is April 14th.
Cost is $12 and includes lunch.
Contact the Museum at (903) 450-4502 to register.
Special thanks to the sponsors for this event:
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Collin County Community College

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Golden Oldies Movie Night
5:30 pm
Gildersleeve on Broadway starring Harold Peary.
Thirty minutes prior to the main feature will show a tv episode
from the Jack Benny Show starring Jack Benny, Bing Crosby & George Burns.
Admission to movie is free and popcorn & soft drinks will be served.


May 15-16, 2015
Audie Murphy Days

Some of our guest speakers will include:
Dr. David Smith, a senior lecturer in American History at Baylor University
in Waco, Texas, has just written a new book about Audie titled
The Price of Valor. Dr. Smith has written several books, essays and book reviews;
has been featured on numerous national and radio shows, and has won awards for
his teaching at both Baylor and the University of Missouri. He is also a
Fleet Seminar Professor for the U.S. Naval War College, teaching in the
Strategy and Policy Division.

Dr. Carolyn Perry, Professor of Humanities and Film at Collin College
in McKinney, Texas, will give an analysis of Audie as part of the
movie industry. Dr. Perry is the director of the Collin College Auteur Film
Series, which she founded in 2002. She served as the Chair of the
Humanities and Philosophy Department from 2004-2008 and is the
recipient of the Outstanding Honors Professor award for 2013.

Terry Moore co-starred with Audie in Cast A Long Shadow. The
Los Angeles, California native worked as a model before she made
her film debut at age 11. Placed under contract by Columbia Pictures,
Moore was loaned out to RKO for one of her most famous films, Mighty
Joe Young
in 1949. In 1953, she received an Academy Award nomination
for her performance in Paramount's Come Back Little Sheba. She has starred
in 77 feature films and listed among her leading men are such
Hollywood legends including Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Cary Grant,
Tyrone Power, Glenn Ford, Mickey Rooney, Robert Wagner and Audie Murphy.

A special "Audie Bus Tour" will be available this year on Friday afternoon for
$5 per person. The tour will take people to various highlights around the County dealing with Audie Murphy. There will be very limited seating so tickets must
be purchased ahead of time!

The following hotels will offer a discounted rate for Audie Days:
Best Western Monica Royale Inn & Suites
$84 plus tax for standard room
$94 plus tax for junior suite
(903) 454-3700

Holiday Inn Express
$84 plus tax for standard room
$94 plus tax for junior suite
(903) 454-8680

Express Inn & Suites
$49.56 plus tax for single
$53.10 plus tax for double
(903) 454-7000

More information to follow


June 6-7, 2015
Cotton Boll ArtFest
Featuring handmade arts and crafts on the museum grounds.
Show Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm
Admission: $4 per adult, 12 and under free
admission fee includes entrance into museum
Proceeds benefit the museum's exhibits and educational activities.

For Vendors:
Artist Deadline Fast Approaching - Must be postmarked by March 30th!
This is a juried festival that accepts artists and craftsmen
who create their own work. For an artist application form
please click on the link or contact the Museum at
(903) 450-4502 for an application form.