The Big Read

The National Cowgirl Museum is the proud partner of The Big Read with Texas Wesleyan University. TWU has beenawarded an $11,700 grant to participate in The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Wesleyan is one of four grant recipients in Texas.

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections. In Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the book that will be spotlighted throughout The Big Read is John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, a classic novel about the Great Depression.

Additional community partners include the Fort Worth Public Library, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Independent School District, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Friends of the Fort Worth Library, Texas Christian University, Tarrant County College, The Reading Connection, Stage West Allied Theater Group, Dallas Model A Club, and Barnes and Noble. Other partners include area high schools and media outlets.

The local kickoff event for The Big Read will be at the Tarrant Area Food Bank on February 29, 2012. Book discussions, food drives, and speakers are among the planned events. Click here for a complete list of events.

Events at the National Cowgirl Museum:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
6:00-7:30 PM
An Evening with Quentin McGown – Fort Worth History and the Depression

Admission to this event is one non-perishable food item for Tarrant Area Food Bank. Please RSVP by Friday, March 30th to Cindi Collins, or 817/509-8697.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
4:00-6:00 PM
Educator and Members Evening – Women in History: The Depression Era

Learn about Honorees who lived during the era we refer to as The Great Depression. Admission to this event is one non-perishable food item for the  Tarrant Area Food Bank. Reservations are not necessary. Family and friends are welcome. Participants should anticipate a $3-$5 parking fee. This event is part of The Big Read project in collaboration with Texas Wesleyan University and other community partners. For additional information, contact Cindi Collins,