The Office of History & Culture is the steward of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum and the Denton County Historical Park. Both sites are active hubs for educational development through the historical interpretation of our county's story. Regularly rotating exhibits feature original content by our in-house designers. Exhibits are supported in part by funding from the City of Denton.
40 For 40: Forty Artifacts for Forty Years of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
March 30, 2019 - February 8, 2020
In 1979, the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum opened on the second floor in the former 16th District Courtroom. Over the years, the museum has acquired an impressive collection of Denton County history. From apple corers to zithers, the museum’s artifacts offer vignettes into the stories of our community. We are celebrating this milestone by showcasing a selection of 40 items from our collection.
One of the forty artifacts represented in the exhibit:
Russell’s Department Store Boots, c. 1897
These boots hung in the office of the H. M. Russell Department Store. The store began in Pilot Point in 1897 and the Denton store opened in 1925.
At the Denton County Historical Park:
McCormick Medical Collection
This long-term exhibit can be found on the second floor of the Bayless-Selby House Museum in the Denton County Historical Park.
William C. McCormick, M.D. practiced medicine in Denton from 1962 until his death in 1999. Dr. McCormick received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from North Texas State University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After serving several United States Air Force medical facilities, Dr. McCormick moved to Denton and opened his private practice in Internal Medicine in 1962. In 1995, he became Medical Director of Denton's Flow Senior Health Center. Dr. McCormick began collecting vintage medical equipment in 1962. His medical artifacts came as a gift from patients and their families, from his fellow physicians, and from his own purchases.
The collection is on loan from Glenda McCormick, Dr. McCormick's widow. "The McCormick family is so proud to share this collection not only with the Denton County Museum, but also with everyone who visits. Bill was born in Denton and grew up here, so it certainly seems appropriate that his medical collection should be shared here," said Mrs. McCormick. The collection had previously been displayed at the Denton Regional Medical Center.
Texas International Pop Festival: 50 Years Later - The Exhibit
UNT on the Square (109 N. Elm St., Denton, Texas) - August 17, 2019 - September 28, 2019
MCL Grand (100 N. Charles St., Lewisville, TX) - August 31, 2019 - October 19, 2019
On Labor Day weekend 1969, over 120,000 hippies and cowboys came together to watch live performances by Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Chicago, and other big names of the era at the Texas International Pop Festival. Just two weeks after Woodstock, an open field near Dallas International Motor Speedway staged iconic performances for three days under the Texas sun. Curious locals gawked as Lewisville became flooded with freaks from all over the country spreading peace and free love. Lake Lewisville served as the temporary home to festival-goers who recalled the event as a life-changing experience. Now, fifty years later, we take another look at this groundbreaking festival through rare photographs, archival video footage, oral histories, and artifacts that share a glimpse into that unforgettable weekend.
Press Kit for Texas International Pop Festival: 50 Years Later - The Exhibit