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.
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.