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Ride ‘em Cowboy! The West in Popular Culture

Categorized as: Kids & Family, Other
Event tags: Kids, History, Cowboy

  • Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Starting on: 09/02/2012
  • Ending on: 01/20/2013
  • 10:00AM - 05:00PM
  • free


The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will present a new temporary exhibition, “Ride ‘em Cowboy! The West in Popular Culture,” on display September 22, 2012 through January 19, 2013. Return with us to those fabled days of yesteryear, when cowboys were heroes, gunslingers lurked around every corner, six-shooters were worn in gun belts slung low on the hip, and a Stetson hat and trustworthy horse were the most valuable possessions you could own. Today America’s colorful wild west history continues to resonate in our popular culture. From the dime novels of the 1800s to radio, movies and television, the ideal solitary and righteous hero was characterized in the stories of the American West, saving communities from the evils of an untamed wilderness. “Ride ‘em Cowboy!” will present information on the romanticizing of the West since the Louisiana Purchase and its influence on American popular culture including television shows and movies, some filmed locally in Pioneertown.

For more than 45 years the Hi-Desert Nature Museum has been dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural, artistic and cultural heritage of the Morongo Basin and High Desert. The Museum seeks to inspire wonder, discovery, understanding, and responsibility in its community and visitors through exhibits, programs, and collections in the arts, history, and natural sciences. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations support the educational mission of the Museum. For more information, contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212 or see our web site at Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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