Gayle Anderson was live at the Autry National Center for a preview of Saturday’s Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl, a daylong festival celebrating the Wild West featuring trick ropers, gunslingers, cowboy poetry, square dancing, children’s activities, horseshoe pitching contests, and an outdoor barbecue. She gives us an inside look at the Gamble Firearms Gallery.
Gayle Anderson was live at the Autry National Center for a preview of Saturday’s Day Of The Cowboy And Cowgirl, a daylong festival celebrating the Wild West featuring trick ropers, gunslingers, cowboy poetry, square dancing, children’s activities, horseshoe pitching contests, and an outdoor barbecue.
Master of Ceremonies Andy Nelson hosts the day’s lineup of events and entertains visitors with traditional cowboy poetry about the Western way of life. Learn a square dancing step or two with dance caller Jordan Ruyle and live music by folk trio “Triple Chicken Foot,” back by popular demand. See guns in action as fan favorite and world champion gunslinger Joey Dillon amazes the audience in a duo act with newcomer Loop Rawlins, expert rope spinner and whip handler. Participate in trick roping a “cow” with Christy Lewis and her family of roping performers, or try your luck at pitching horseshoes on the lawn with the Southern California Horseshoe Pitchers Association. Families can even decorate their own horseshoes at the Children’s Craft Corral.
Join in a scavenger hunt throughout the museum to find clues about Wild West shows, and learn about the real story of Buffalo Bill in a new display. Plus, see a cowboy themed Gene Autry Double Feature: ‘The Singing Cowboy’ (1936) and ‘Loaded Pistols’ (1949).
Honorary Chairman George Gamble will join the festival and the opening of the Autry’s inaugural exhibition, ’Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction,’ in the new Gamble Firearms Gallery, which explores the many roles guns have played in the history of the West, from the opening of the frontier in the late eighteenth century through television Westerns in the middle of the twentieth century. Showcasing rare and notable firearms and accessories, including exquisite specimens of the gun maker’s art, the exhibition also features historical documents, artworks, and cultural artifacts from the Autry’s collection. The opening of this exhibition Saturday, July 27, 2013, is part of the Autry’s commemoration of the National Day of the Cowboy.
‘Western Frontiers’ illuminates the sweep of American Western history through a focus on its archetypal artifact: the firearm. This exhibition highlights some of the finest firearms ever brought together in the United States in terms of their historic value, provenance and pure beauty. From the Colt and Winchester firearms Teddy Roosevelt used in the West, to Gettysburg hero General George Meade’s silver and gold plated Remington revolver, to the Smith & Wesson revolver presented by the company to President Ulysses S. Grant, this evolving display reflects the multiplicity of real and imagined stories that lie behind the people who owned these guns. Maps, advertisements, programs, and other ephemera, as well as art by the likes of Frederic Remington and Frank Schoonover provide rich historical context.
In amassing the George Gamble Collection, George Gamble has acquired only exemplars of the Western firearm, works of true beauty or significance. His gift of some fifty firearms and twenty-five related artifacts, adds further depth to the Autry’s own collection and solidifies the Autry as one of the finest firearm repositories in the country.
In honor of Day Of The Cowboy And Cowgirl, visitors are encouraged to dress in Western wear. However, guns, including replicas, will not be allowed on the premises. This event is FREE for everyone with the price of admission to the Autry.
Admission to the Autry is $10 for adults, $6 for students with current ID and seniors (60+), $4 for children (3-12) and FREE for children under age 3 and Museum members. Active military personnel and veterans, peace officers and park rangers with current ID also receive FREE admission. The Museum is FREE to the public on the second Tuesday of every month, as well as on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day. You can buy tickets for Day Of The Cowboy And Cowgirl by clicking HERE.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM and from 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday. The Autry is closed Mondays except on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day.
Parking is always free.
The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl
Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction
10 AM to 5 PM
The Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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