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New Gallery Unveiled at National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame announced today the opening of the updated “Kinship with the Land” gallery. This exhibit conveys the stories of women from both prominent and historic ranches and identifies the connection they have to the land, livestock and the weather.

Exhibit cases within the updated gallery contain artifacts that examine these elements in the ways that historical women had to negotiate the harsh environment, and how women, both historical and present day, carry on the business of the ranch, while fulfilling their role as wife, mother and cowgirl.

Artifacts within the exhibit are on loan from the King Ranch, including those from extraordinary Hall of Fame Honorees Helen Groves and Henrietta King. The centerpiece of the updated gallery is a freestanding case containing saddles, which serve as a reminder that the work of the cowgirl was often on horseback.

“Part of our vision is to connect each gallery within the Museum to one another and show the many sides of the women of the West,” said Patricia Riley, executive director of the Museum. “The ‘Kinship with the Land’ gallery contains the foundational story of the land and animals that makes the other galleries possible.”

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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