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New Gallery at The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame announced today the opening of a new Hall of Fame Gallery. This new permanent addition to the museum will highlight 4 to 5 honorees during four-month rotations.

The new gallery will feature exhibits on recent inductees and stories on honorees and their artifacts. In addition, interactive kiosks with photos, videos and other in-depth information will let visitors explore honorees’ artifacts not on display in the Museum. The first exhibit rotation will discuss the Hall of Fame in general and will recognize honorees in five broad categories: Champions and Competitive Performers; Ranchers (Stewards of Land and Livestock); Entertainers; Artists and Writers; and Trailblazers and Pioneers. Specifically, this inaugural exhibition will highlight Georgie Sicking, Pamela Harr, Faye Blackstone, Louise Massey Mabie, and Velma Johnston, “Wild Horse Annie.” The Hall of Fame Gallery will display the wide range of abilities and talents of the 190 women honored in the Hall of Fame.

“The new gallery is vital to the Museum and helps us further our mission to honor the remarkable women inducted into the Hall of Fame each year,” said Patricia Riley, executive director of the Museum. “This gallery gives us the opportunity to let visitors see personal artifacts and learn more about these extraordinary women.”

Further, new galleries will debut throughout 2009 and 2010. The updated Kinship with the Land Gallery is slated to be unveiled in October 2009, and will tell the story of the cowgirl and her connection to the land and livestock, with features on women from prominent and historic ranches.

About the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. Open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is $8 for adults ages 13 and up and $7 for children ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens. Group rates and docent tours are available. For more information please call (817) 336-4475 or (800) 476-FAME, or visit www.cowgirl.net.

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