In Texas, we sure love our Cowboys. I don’t mean the Cowboys of the gridiron, though many of us continue to steadfastly love them through spirit-dropping “drops” and heartbreak-inducing collarbone breaks. No, I’m talking about the real thing: Ropin’, ridin’, six-shootin’, cattle drivin’, camp fire song singin’ cowboys (clearly, all my knowledge of cowboys comes from a Toby Keith song I heard when I was seven). At this time of year, it’s especially appropriate to be cowboy crazy, as the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is in full
swing gallop until February 6.
In honor of the Stock Show and of cowboy culture in general, we’re hosting the traveling exhibit “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.” For those of you who don’t habla espanol, vaquero is Spanish for cowboy. The exhibit, which was produced and made possible by Humanities Texas, features photographs of and bilingual information about the lives of Mexican vaqueros. It is free to view anytime the library is open from today until February 23. Wrangle your family and friends, saddle up, and mosey on over here to take a gander.