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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 #4 Open Range & Barbed Wire With the invention of barbed wire, rangelands were enclosed, the cattle drives ended, and a new way of moving cattle to emerging markets was introduced. The success of the ranching industry also created unexpected issues. The students will understand the transition to enclosed ranches. They will also explore the innovation that led to the closed range. Students will understand the economic and social impact ranching had on Colorado legislation and the economy.