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BRIEF: History Museum wins award for cowboy exhibit

June 20, 2014

The Santa Fe New Mexican

June 20--The American Association for State and Local History will bestow an Award of Merit for Leadership in History on the New Mexico History Museum for the 2013-14 exhibit titled Cowboys Real and Imagined.

The award also honors the book Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys by the Press at the Palace of the Governors and the museum's programs associated with the show.

The exhibit traced cowboys' roots from Spanish New Mexico through modern-day rodeos, movies, singers and ranch hands struggling through climate change. Special programming events included classic cowboy movie nights; panel discussions and presentations that focused on gay cowboys, Hispanic cowboys, Jewish cowboys and African American cowboys; musical performances; and a Wild West Weekend with re-enactors and demonstrators.

Parts of the popular exhibit live on. Cowboys: The Real Deal opens Thursday, June 26, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

The award will be presented during the association's annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 19.


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