The Alvin Historical Museum is preparing to open its next large exhibit, “Ride ‘em Cowboy” on March 16.
The exhibit will run for eight weeks through May 5 and will offer a wide variety of activities and events during its duration.
The exhibit will feature “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” a special bilingual captioned exhibit on loan from and funded by Humanities Texas.
Children’s author Cowboy Peg will be a special guest March 18 and April 22 with book signings on both days.
The show will also feature a nine panel photo display and information and special cowboy memorabilia from local Alvin rodeo stars.
Alvin ISD is furnishing the museum with student rodeo art to display.
The show will also have junior rodeo trophies, buckles and photos from Crista Goodridge who is the 9 year old granddaughter of long time Alvin resident and museum supporter Sharon Goodridge Dickerson.
Troy Crump, a 30 plus year collector of Western memorabilia and his wife Mary Lee, a retired social studies teacher from Alvin ISD have loaned the exhibit special spurs, chaps and other cowboy collectibles.
In addition, long time Alvin resident, museum member and Hall of Fame cowboy Tony Crainer and his wife Marsha have loaned the exhibit buckles, photos, trophies, and various pieces of equipment.
Two nationally famous Alvin cowboys and rodeo stars, Skipper Voss and Bubba Goudeau, have also provided photos, buckles, chaps and awards from their performance days.
The Alvin Museum is located at 300 W. Sealy in Alvin. Admission is $3 for non-members and museum members and children 12 and under are free. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Check out their website at www.alvinmuseum.org.
Story by Karolyn Gephart