Monday, September 14, 2009

Cattle Exhibit Stampedes Into History Center

Don your best cowboy boots and join us on Saturday, September 19th for the opening of Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition, the first exhibit to open in the Tampa Bay History Center's new third-floor Gallery.

Florida Cattle Ranching chronicles the history and culture of one of Florida's oldest industries. Southern pioneers, Florida "Crackers" and Florida Seminoles all played a part in Florida's ranching legacy, which began when Spanish explorers brought cattle and horses to Florida in the 16th century. To date, cattle ranching remains an integral part of the state's economy.

This exhibit features oral histories, Florida folk music, cowboy art and documentary footage.
Saturday's opening will include whip-making demonstrations, children's activities, and a book signing with author Joe Ackerman.

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition was produced by the Florida Folklife Program, Department of State, and Florida Cultural Resources, Inc. Funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk & Traditional Arts, Florida Humanities Council, Florida Cattlemen's Association, Florida Cattlemen's Foundation, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Cracker Cattle Association, Lalla Rook Tompkins, Iris Wall, and Susanne and Pete Clemons. The traveling exhibit was made possible by the Museum of Florida History.

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