Texas Pecos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Stanton: "Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy" traveling exhibition

October 24, 2016 - 12:30pm to November 18, 2016 - 5:30pm

STANTON, TEXAS - Beginning October 24, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Martin County Historical Museum, Eiland and Associates, The First National Bank of Stanton and White Motor Co. of Stanton will present "Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy", an exhibition created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition is made possible in part by a "We the People" grant from the national Endowment for the Humanities.
In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.
The exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.
The exhibition will be available to the public from October 24 to November 18, 2016. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Martin County Historical Museum at (432)756-2722.
Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at or call 512. 440.1991.


  • Martin Co. Historical Museum
  • 207 E. Broadway
  • P.O. Box 929
  • Stanton, Texas
  • 79782


  • Contact:
    Ruthie Billett
  • Phone:


  • Free

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