But the staff at
"It was a challenging thing to do," said
"Home on the Range: Where the Prairie meets the Plains in
"If you look up this part of
Deaton called this area a big crossroads, a place where things passed through, such as the migratory buffalo herds and the Native Americans who used it as a hunting grounds. Trail drives brought cattle in and out of this area and the Butterfield Overland Mail stages stopped on their way West and back East.
"We're really excited to share the story of our region," said
"I think what's most interesting to me, really, is combining the art and history together," he said. "It's so tailored to our region. Not cowboys in general, not history in general, but our region."
This exhibit is distinct in a number of ways from previous shows at The Grace.
First, it is a single exhibit that will be installed on all three floors of the museum.
"Everything will be mixed together to tell a story. It's all intertwined," Deaton said.
Another unusual aspect of this particular show are the partnerships that came together to make "Home on the Range" a reality.
The massive exhibit was co-curated by
Among the groups and organizations that shared various pieces were: Western Heritage Classic,
A number of private collectors and historic ranching families, such as the Perinis and the Guitars, shared art, photographs, artifacts and history with the museum.
"It's really going to bring the
When Deaton approached the different organizations and collectors, they liked the idea.
"Lots of the parts and pieces have been seen. This is the first time to see them all together," Deaton said. "The great thing about working at The Grace, people usually say 'yes'."
The Grace staff has organized more than a dozen events to coordinate with the exhibit that will be displayed from Thursday through
Deaton said she is excited about the entire exhibit and couldn't pick a favorite section or item. But she was very pleased to be able to incorporate tintypes of working cowboys taken by photographer
The photos were made on metal, rather than glass or paper, and feature real people working in this century, rather than the last. The black-and-white images of these cowboys, regardless of their ages, look inherently old-fashioned, due to the tintype method and the timelessness of the worn faces.
"What happened before is still going on," Deaton said about the ranching life. "We are still a place for history."
Another thing she found fascinating is that she could look at some of the paintings done by artists long gone and recognize the physical landscapes of the area.
"When I looked at the paintings, I knew where that was painted," she said.
There will be two projectors showing recordings, along with two TV monitors and four iPads to increase the interactive portion of the exhibit.
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