WESTERN TRADITIONS

The current exhibit on display in the Archives, "Western Traditions" focuses on the diverse cultural, artistic and musical traditions that were intrinsic to life in the Big Bend Region of Texas throughout it's long and colorful history. Song, Dance and verse were as important to these western communities as the ranching, religion and raising the family. Life was difficult and these activities helped to bolster the spirits of these strong and independent people.

Featured in the exhibit is verse from E.E. Townsend's Pocket Journal," The Strawberry Roan" a favorite song of Sul Ross Alumni and notable rancher, John Prude. "Pecos River Ballad" written by Sloan Matthews, a cattleman and lyricist. Cowboy Poets Hubbard Clayton Parker, Nessie May Roach and well known Rancher and respected cowman,Ted Gray, a talented story teller and historian. Other contributions are from Sul Ross professors, students and organizations that have helped to document and preserve many of the social customs of the West Texas Settlers, since the University's inception and as they continue to do so today by hosting such events as "The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathereing".