Events - Old Colorado City

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2017 Programs
Doors open at 10:30am, programs start at 11:00am (unless specified otherwise) - seating limited due to maximum occupancy established by fire dept. (Society members Free - Non-Members $5.00)

May 12, 2017 - Friday May 12 11:00am
The Heritage of the American Cowboy - through music
Presenter: Keith Franzen (Major Pikes Pete)

This program will provide an overview of the history of 'cowboy' music in America and Colorado. Although the cowboy is truly an American mystique, the cowboy arose from the vacquero traditions of northern Mexico. Later, the cowboy reigned in Texas where cattle grew wild with few natural enemies. By the end of the civil war, there were an estimated five million of them - one fourth of whom were African American. The golden age of the cowboy was 1866-1886 - a period of open range and cattle drives. The arrival of the railroad made a dramatic change in the cattle drives, and consequently, the life of the cowboy. Cowboy music around the campfire and along the trail prevailed as a rich part of our American history. The program will also include music from a prolific American songwriter: Stephen Foster. Location:OCCHS

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