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Characterized as the quintessential laborer on horseback, the cowboy is an iconic figure in Western American history and lore. The period from 1866 to 1886 was the golden era of the cowboy. A cowboy needed a rope, a horse, a gun, and incredible courage. It was a dangerous job, yet many thousands of men and a few women became cowboys. But what was a cowboy's life really like? What did they eat? What did they wear? What did they do all day? What was a dogie? This year’s after school program will explore the role of the cowboy in American culture. Through object interpretation, primary source investigation, artwork analysis, and hands-on projects, students will discover the American cowboy in a completely new light. The sessions will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. There is no fee for the program but pre-registration is requested and students can register for one or all of the sessions.
ASP #2 Breeds & Brands
In the year 1521, Juan Ponce De Leon brought a small herd of Andalusian cattle and horses with him on his second expedition to the New World. He landed near current-day Fort Myers, Florida. The animals he brought with him were the first cattle and horses to ever set foot (or hoof) on what is now the continental United States. Today, there are more than 70 cattle and 48 horse breeds recognized in the United States. During this session, students will learn about the history of different breeds and how ranchers used brands to identify their animals.