U.S. Military Uniforms from the Permanent Collection
January 26, 2013 - January 4, 2014
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum presents United States Military Uniforms from the Permanent Collection opening in the Textile Gallery. All branches of service for which the museum has specimens will be represented including the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, incorporating both male and female service people.
The exhibition will comprise artifacts from the Mexican War through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The earliest specimen in the collection is a U.S. Model 1846 Mounted Rifles Shell Jacket (circa 1846-1851). Adopted for use by U.S. Dragoons in 1833, this type jacket was later used in the Mexican War in 1846 when the Mounted Rifles were authorized. Both branches were re-designated "Calvary" in 1861. A homemade Confederate vest and Union artillery jacket will represent the Civil War. A "sack coat" and dress coat of the type worn by Buffalo Soliders at Fort Elliott after the Red River War will also be included.
As part of this exhibition, we encourage visitors to write letters or notes to our soldiers stationed all over the world. These letters will be mailed out as part of care packages sent from Operation Gratitude. (www.operationgratitude.com