Special Programming

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn through experience about various topics through special events and workshops each year. These events often include Western artist-led workshops, teacher workshops, exhibit receptions with special guests and speakers, symposiums led by industry leaders, and special showings of documentaries that tell the story of ranching.

At a Glance:

Summer Trolley Tours –  Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. | Through August (weather permitting)

Living History Saturdays – Every Saturday from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. | May 11 – August 31

Toddler Tuesdays – Every Tuesday from 10 – 11:30 a.m. | May 7 – Sept. 24

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Ranch Life Summer Series | Ecosystem Exploration

Date:

July 13, 2024

Time:

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. come and go event

Pricing:

Free

Toddler Tuesdays

Explore Hank the Cowdog’s M-Cross Ranch with your toddler every Tuesday morning from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Cash Family Ranch Life Learning Center! Enjoy engaging activities each week, such as story time or crafts guided by NRHC staff and volunteers. As you explore the ranch, allow your children to immerse themselves in play at Sally Mae’s Ranch House, equipped with ranch-themed toys from the Happy Toymaker.

Toddler Tuesdays start May 7 – Sept. 24 and are free to the public.

Date:

May 7, 2024 - September 24, 2024

Time:

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Pricing:

Free

Ranch Verse

Join cowboy songster Andy Hedges , Ed Ashurst, Waddie Mitchell, Gail Steiger and Brigid and Johnny Reedy for a day of Western storytelling, song and poetry at the 2nd annual Ranch Verse on Saturday, Aug. 3!

Daytime events will occur from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Enjoy special performances, poetry readings and discussions as well as an on-stage interviewwith Ed Ashurst, past Ranching Heritage Association Working Cowboy Award recipient. Join in the evening from 7:30 – 10 p.m. for a special evening performance at the historic Cactus Theater featuring Waddie Mitchell, Andy Hedges, and Brigid & Johnny Reedy.

Tickets for the evening concert are on sale now through Cactus Theater

Click Here for more information on 2024 Ranch Verse.

This event is made possible in part by funding from the Ranching Heritage Association and Helen DeVitt Jones Adult and Secondary Education Endowment.

Date:

August 3, 2024

Time:

Daytime Events at NRHC| 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Evening Performance at Cactus Theater | 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Pricing:

TBA
Register Here

Living History Saturdays

History comes to life every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Foy Proctor Historical Park at the National Ranching Heritage Center! Ranch Host volunteers will be dressed in period attire to answer questions, perform living history demonstrations, and give tours of selected structures.

Activities will vary depending on volunteer availability and interest.

Living History Saturdays are free to the public.

Date:

April 27, 2024 - August 31, 2024

Time:

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Saturday

Pricing:

Free

Summer Trolley Tours

Travel back in time through the National Ranching Heritage Center’s 19-acre historical park! Trolley tours provide a unique opportunity for guests to learn about the rich history of the park’s authentic ranching structures and the stories of people who left their legacies. The Foy Proctor Historical Park at the NRHC features 55 authentic ranching structures dating from the 1780s to the 1950s. They have been disassembled, relocated and arranged chronologically in the park to tell the story of the birth, growth and maturity of the ranching industry in the United States.

Starting in April through May:

  • Wednesdays- 10:30 AM
  • Thursdays – 10:30 AM
  • Fridays- 10:30 AM
  • Saturdays- 10:30 AM & 2:00PM
  • Sundays- 2:00PM
Tours are free of charge and run approximately 45 minutes. Reserve your spot inside at Cogdell’s at the Ranch when you arrive at the NRHC. Each trolley tour can seat 21 guests.
For more questions or additional information, visit ranchingheritage.org or call (806) 742-0498

Trolley tours are made possible by The CH Foundation for the donation of the trolley.

Date:

April 3, 2024 - May 31, 2024

Time:

Wednesdays- 10:30 AM
Thursdays - 10:30 AM
Fridays- 10:30 AM
Saturdays- 10:30 AM & 2:00PM
Sundays- 2:00PM

Pricing:

Free

Purchase / Registration:

When you arrive to the NRHC, reserve your spot on the trolley inside Cogdell's at the Ranch.