Sid Richardson Museum

Hide & Horn on the Chisholm Trail
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 “Hide & Horn on the Chisholm Trail.” 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.

For Children / Families:
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,

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,

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,



Spirit of the Trail
April 6 – June 25 (12 weeks) in multiple locations related to the trail theme.

As part of the Chisolm Trail 150 Celebration, Orchard Theatre of Texas will present Spirit of the Trail, a musical celebration of the heart and soul of the trail. Spirit of the Trail will feature a spirited musical mix performed by a talented cast.  You'll hear traditional cowboy favorites along with tunes from Broadway and movies, as well as new music by up and coming artists redefining the pioneer spirit.  Spirit of the Trail promises to present a tuneful new take on life on the trail and its continuing effect in popular culture.


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.


Amon Carter Museum of American Art
January – December 2017

Specialty theme-based docent tours relating to cattle drives, including the Chisolm Trail, will be offered throughout the year. Contact the museum to learn about the dates and times these are available: or 817.989.5038

With particular focus art works by the two greatest artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art will have an on-site, self-guided feature of trail-themed artworks in the iconic American art collection.

The Amon Carter Museum library will have a spotlight mini-exhibition featuring photographs of range life by cowboy photographer Erwin E. Smith; Richard Haas’s preparatory drawing of the Chisolm Trail mural that is featured today in Sundance Square; and rarely-seen artifacts from our archives relating to the historic cattle industry in Texas.

Throughout the year, the Amon Carter offers Distance Learning videoconference programs that bring the museum into classrooms throughout the United States. One particular program — “Cowboy Close-Up” — uses the photographs of Erwin E. Smith and the paintings and sculpture of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell to tell the story of the American cowboy during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Contact the museum for more information about programs or scheduling: or 817.989.5038