Vaquero Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

as shared by Brazoria County Historical Museum, Angleton

County Museum Opens Exhibit

            The Brazoria County Historical Museum opens to the public a new exhibit entitled "Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy," Beginning February 12, 2018  through April 3, 2018 the Museum will host the traveling exhibition created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

            In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

           On Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10am to noon the Museum is also host Cowboy Up, an educational family program that explores the cowboy way of life. Come out and become a cowboy for a day as you learn to rope cattle, sample chuck-wagon cooking, enjoy cowboy storytelling, play games and much more!

Located in the 1897 Brazoria County Courthouse at 100 East Cedar Street in Angleton, the Museum is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  It is closed Sundays and holidays.  The Museum houses exhibit spaces, an auditorium for programming, the Museum Bookstore, and the Adriance Research Library.  Admission is free.  For more information call 979/864-1208 or visit the Museum's website at

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