The opening weekend of the “Ride ‘em Cowboy” exhibit at the Alvin Museum lassoed in over 100 visitors from Alvin and surrounding towns.
Children’s author Peggy Sundberg, aka “Cowgirl Peg,” travelled from Kerrville, TX for a personal appearance to share her published children’s stories, read from her books and autograph books purchased by visitors.
Several key contributors of cowboy memorabilia visited including Troy Crump from Friendswood who shared his display of collectible spurs, tools, cuffs and chaps. Alvin resident Buzz Crainer arrived with friends in tow and enjoyed the rest of the show including the hand-made bull whips and historical framed cowboy photograph (taken in Alvin in 1923) that he loaned to the museum.
Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Famer 2000 Bubba Goudeau came from Hungerford, Texas with his son, Jake, and wife, Beverly. He also invited two old friends from Alvin who enjoyed the exhibit and swapped stories from the past. He was impressed with the exhibit and shared a major compliment.
“I have been to many shows and cowboy events and the Alvin Museum truly honors the history of earlier Alvin cowboys and rodeo performers,” Goudeau said.
Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Famer (2003) Tony Crainer and his wife, Marsha, visited the show and shared stories about several of the cowboys featured in the show. He fondly remembered rodeo bull fighter Skipper Voss (TRC Hall of Fame 2006).
“I was at a rodeo in Arcadia when I had my first experience with Skipper who saved me from a mean spin on a Mexican bull,” Crainer said. “The clowns wouldn’t help me but Skipper was sitting on the fence in street clothes watching and he just jumped off the fence, ran over and pulled the bull out of the spin. He was just a natural.”
The exhibit will run for eight weeks through May 5 and will offer a wide variety of activities and events during its duration. “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” is a special bilingual captioned exhibit on loan from and funded by Humanities Texas featuring a nine panel photo display.
Younger cowboys and cowgirls may enjoy a children’s corner for photo ops or 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.
The Alvin Museum is located at 300 W. Sealy in Alvin. Admission is $3 for non-members. 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 Lynn Shigekawa