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Cowboy Country Museum in Stamford: Preserving & Celebrating History

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The Texas Cowboy Country Museum can be found in a place called Stamford. For those who require a point of reference, it’s approximately 200 miles west of Dallas. The facility was originally opened in 1977 as a fine western art museum. Since Jewellee Kuenstler was hired as curator, she and Luci Wedeking (the Museum Director) have been on a mission to continue making that dream a reality.

According to a report by the Abilene Reporter-News, the museum successfully attracts kids. You read that right. Texas youth are enthused about what’s inside this museum. Its aura, its sense of bravado, and the story that it holds of Texas western lore appeals to them. For Wedeking, that’s a sign of success. “For high school students to come into another education institution and just hang out because it was cool,” she told nbcdfw.com, has been the true tell that we’ve been doing something right here.”

Cowboy Country Museum in Stamford: Preserving & Celebrating History

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In the midst of the abundance of donations the Cowboy Country Museum receives, a treasure of sorts has appeared. “We discovered a couple of years ago that we had an original Tom Ryan piece that had been hanging-out on the floor,” Wedeking explained to nbcdfw.com. Until someone takes the time to sort through and effectively coordinate their collection, items such as this may otherwise go unnoticed. The painting is known as “Sundown,” and at present, it’s found a place of honor close to the front of the museum. Ryan passed away in 2011. He was best known for paintings he completed featuring the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, and had been one of the museum’s founders. This work of art, together with another piece by renowned watercolorist Avery Johnson (whose work is also featured in the Smithsonian), make up a small part of the art on display at the museum. They were the impetus for Wedeking and Kuenstler’s mission to sort through the donations and research the pieces. “These were treasures we didn’t know we had, until we started researching them,” Wedeking said.

Cowboy Country Museum in Stamford: Preserving & Celebrating History
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