Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Mark of a Horseman
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater
Many a 19th century cowboy bought a square yard of brightly colored cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. This flamboyant neckwear came to identify the colorful cowboys and buckaroos of the West. Along with riding boots and range-worn hats, this wild rag billowing at the neck of the horseman gave evidence that the wearer was not a “sodbuster” but a caballero, drover, or puncher — descendants of the legendary equestrians of Europe. Join Don Reeves, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, for a discussion about the temporary exhibition A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna. This exhibition allows visitors to view rare, authentic silk and cotton neckwear once sought after by young horsemen on the range and later popularized in Western fiction. Bring a lunch or purchase one in The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.