CHISHOLM TRAIL 150TH ANNIVERSARY

The Chisholm Trail route was used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads. Fort Worth was the last stop for rest and supplies on the Chisholm Trail. Between 1866-1890, drovers (cowboys) trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Special exhibitions, panels, plays and community events will take place throughout the year to mark this historic anniversary.


Anniversary Events & Exhibitions

Sid Richardson Museum Spring 2017 Focus Exhibit Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

Guests of Honor: Hide and Horn”

January 6, 2017 through Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Sid Richardson Museum welcomes sought-after collector’s items from the cattle trail era as “guests of honor” in Guests of Honor: Hide and Horn.” In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, the Museum will display an 1872 lithograph map illustrating cattle trails from Texas to Kansas; an 1873 guide book containing descriptions of the trail route for trail drivers, informing drivers of distances, streams, crossings, camping grounds, wood and water, and supply stores from the Red River crossing to cities in Kansas; and, one of the most comprehensive 19th-century books on the early history of the range cattle industry, all on loan from the Rees-Jones Collection.

“Guests of Honor: Hide and Horn” Education and Public Programs
  • For Children/Families:
    Sid's Story Time - Cowboy Charlie
    Thursday, January 5, 2017 @ 11AM

    Ages: 3-8 years old with an adult companion

Cost: Free (no registration required)

Description: The Chisholm Trail guided many cowboys along their journey. Learn more about cowboys and the West through the reading of Cowboy Charlie, written by Jeanette Winter. Charlie Russell was a cowboy and artist; come see and hear what life was like travelling along the open range.

For information, contact Andrea Hassenteuffel, Director of Family Programs, Andrea@SidRichardsonMuseum.org

Family Film Series: Cowboy Harold
Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 10AM

Ages: 3-5 years old with an adult companion

Cost: Free (registration required)

Description: Before even embarking on the Chisholm Trail, many young boys and girls dreamed of the adventures that awaited them! Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be a real cowboy or cowgirl out under the big blue skies? Harold did! Bring your little one to the museum to see Cowboy Harold from the well-known Harold and Purple Crayon Film Series. A gallery activity will follow the film, don’t miss out on the perfect Saturday fun activity for you and your child!

For information, contact Andrea Hassenteuffel, Director of Family Programs, Andrea@SidRichardsonMuseum.org

Sid's Story Time - Horned Toad Canyon
Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 11AM

Ages: 3-8 years old with an adult companion

Cost: Free (no registration required)

Description: Cowboys along the wide open spaces of the Chisholm Trail ran into many critters, large and small. One of them was the Horned Toad. Come learn about the Horned Toad, and other critters of the West at Sid’s Story Time reading of Horned Toad Canyon, by Joyce Gibson Roach.

For information, contact Andrea Hassenteuffel, Director of Family Programs, Andrea@SidRichardsonMuseum.org

  • For Teens:
    Teens’ Talk – Learning from Artists
    Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 1PM

Ages: 13-17 years old

Cost: Free (registration required)

Description: The Sid Richardson Museum’s Teens’ Talk program is a fantastic opportunity for teens to learn from artists first-hand! Join us as we learn about Richard Haas, the muralist who painted Sundance Square’s iconic Chisholm Trail mural! Teens will investigate the large outdoor artwork in Sundance Square, learn more about working on large scale art projects, and will have a chance to create a mural concept of their own!   

For information, contact Andrea Hassenteuffel, Director of Family Programs, Andrea@SidRichardsonMuseum.org

  • For Adults:
    Lecture, “The Importance of the Chisholm Trail to Fort Worth and Texas”
    Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 6:30 – 7:30PM

Cost: Free (registration required)

Description: After the Civil War, cowhands herded more than six million cattle out of Texas up to northern markets. Running from South Texas to Abilene, Kansas, the Chisholm Trail was one of the great cattle drive routes. Join the Sid Richardson Museum as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Historians Dr. Doug Harman and Steve Myers will explore the history and folklore associated with the legendary trail, including its connection to Fort Worth.

For information, contact Leslie Thompson, Director of Adult Programs, lthompson@SidRichardsonMuseum.org

Orchard Theatre of Texas

Spirit of the Trail

April 2017

The newly formed Orchard Theatre of Texas (OTX), under the Artistic Direction of Executive Producer Jim Covault (formerly of Stage West) presents Spirit of the Trail, a musical celebration of the heart and 

soul of the Chisholm Trail on its 150th anniversary. The premiere will take place in April 2017 in Fort Worth—dates and venue to be announced.
 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
125th Anniversary Archives Exhibition at the Fort Worth Central Library

April 22 and 23, 2017

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States. The Modern was chartered in 1892 as the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery, but the name and mission have evolved over the years
 

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