Kinship with the Land

Of all the galleries at the Cowgirl, this one represents our roots — the foundational story of land and livestock and what makes our other galleries even possible. After all, the American cowgirl was born out of necessity — a woman who negotiated harsh environments, whose kinship with the land could be exhausting or joyous or both (that is, when she wasn’t spending time taking care of her family).

Here you’ll be introduced to early ranch women who would eventuallly be called cowgirls and to women who carry on today’s complex business of ranching. To remind visitors that the cowgirl’s work was often done on horseback, a saddle display anchors the gallery, surrounded by cases containing gear and ranching artifacts. You’ll hear stories of a rich ranching heritage and of the responsibility of land stewardship.