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  • The Grace Museum 102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)

MAY 8 – AUGUST 9, 2014

Summer of 2014 at The Grace Museum is a celebration of the art and history of Central West Texas, an often mislabeled 200,000+ square mile area of the Lone Star State. The region’s 22 sparsely populated counties share a 19th and early 20th century history as an important concourse for indigenous people, ranchers, farmers and merchants. Artwork by important artists who documented early impressions of the area, historic photographs, oral histories and rarely-seen artifacts from private and public collections reveal a cherished historical link to the past that still exists in the area. Abilene’s annual Western Heritage Classic ranch rodeo will kick off this celebration of the history of Central West Texas on May 8th with the Western Heritage Parade in downtown Abilene. Experience authentic Central West Texas through special events, camps, classes and programs throughout the summer.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: A gift in honor of Jerri & Jim   Alexander by their children & grandchildren, Dian Graves Owen Foundation, Still Water Foundation, Zumafilmz, Hunt Direct Marketing, Inc., Priceless Literacy, Community Foundation of Abilene, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Union Pacific Foundation

THANKS TO OUR EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING PARTNERS: Private Collections, Hardin-Simmons University Library & Archives, Buffalo Gap Historic Village, The Old Jail Art Center, Frontier Texas!, Fort Chadbourne, Fort Griffin State Historic Site, Texas Family Land Heritage Program, Historic Ranching Families, Lisa & Tom Perini, Dallas Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, San Antonio Art League, Cowboy Country Museum

Historic Nail Ranch

SMS Ranch

Demise of the Great Texas Herd

Elliott Family

Kleberg Family - King Ranch

Smith’s Station - Butterfield Stage

Earlier Event: February 7
Mum: Nancy Newberry
Later Event: May 28
Flashback to Midcentury Abilene