Ranching Artifact Roundup & John W. Stormont Lecture--Cattle Drives: Texas and the International Economy of Beef

  • Date(s): November 03, 2022 - November 03, 2022

5:30 p.m. An independent consultant, researcher, and writer working on projects dealing with the history of the trans-Mississippi American West and North American Indian art and culture, Bruce Shackelford is the Texas History Curator at the Witte Museum. He is also well-known as an appraiser for 13 seasons on the Antiques Roadshow show on National Public Television. Bruce speaks about the cattle industry from a "big picture" point of view--from the first recorded cattle drives under Spain to the cattle boom in post 1868.

Do you have ranching artifacts and cattle industry items? Take part in MCB’s ranching artifact roundup! For the roundup, Bruce Shackelford will be joined by Katherine Nelson Hall, Texas Heritage Curator at the Witte Museum and set photographer for PBS Antiques Roadshow. Bruce and Katherine will provide information to owners about the artifact’s use in the cattle industry. Information about artifacts will be included in the museum’s research database in anticipation of the opening of expanded galleries and the exhibit, Where Texas Ranching Began, in October 2023. The artifact roundup will take place preceding the lecture and is by appointment only. Call (361) 582-2511 for appointment information.

Photo: Cattle working in the Coastal Bend, from the exhibit Cattle Boom!, organized by the Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2011. Dennis O’Connor Collection, courtesy of Louise O’Connor Photo Collection.