The Office of History and 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.
Form and Function
Opening September 10, 2021
Denton County’s rich clay soil has long provided the valuable source materials needed for making ceramics. Early settlers brought the knowledge and skill of producing utilitarian vessels to the area, creating one of the first industries in the county. As the industry developed, the potters began adorning their pieces with unique decorative elements, including glazes, markings, and distinctive forms. Their functional works set the groundwork for the expansion of ceramics into an art form that is present in Denton County today.
Century of Action: Women & The Vote
(Virtual Tour Now Streaming!)
On August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote. For decades leading up to this achievement, women openly challenged the injustices they faced. Suffragist leaders realized to achieve reform they needed the power of the vote. Across the nation, women organized meetings and rallies and published literature to spread their message. They lobbied their local and state governments to gain the support of men in those positions. Beginning in the West, states slowly adopted voting rights for women paving the way for the passage of the federal amendment.
Ratification of the amendment was only the first step to equality. Across the country, women gathered at the polls to cast their ballots for the first time, yet states found ways to exclude individuals based on race and class. The fight for civil and equal rights carried on, creating opportunities for women to affect change. Reflecting on this complex history, these incredible feats have shaped this Century of Action.
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.
40 For 40: Forty Artifacts for Forty Years of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
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