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Goliad State Park to display vaquero exhibit in July
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“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy”, an exhibition of 62 photos will be on display at Goliad State Park July 1-31.
Contributed photos “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy”, an exhibition of 62 photos will be on display at Goliad State Park July 1-31.
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GOLIAD — Beginning July 1, Goliad State Park will present “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” an exhibition featuring 62 digital carbon prints 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.

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.

“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” was created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for 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.

The exhibition will be available to the public from July 1-31. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Goliad State Park at (361) 645-3405.
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