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Revolving Exhibits

Ranching in Grant County
Exhibition opens Friday, February 1, 2019, at 4:00 pm - runs through December 29, 2019
Opening reception, Friday, February 1, 4:00-6:00 pm. The public is invited, admission free, donations appreciated.
Silver City Museum, Exhibits
Gideon Lyda and D.C. McMillen, c. 1900. Collection of Silver City Museum.

People have raised livestock in Grant County since long before the county's founding in 1868, and to this day ranching continues to play an important role in the economy and culture of the region. The exhibit presents historical photographs, artifacts, and family histories to tell the story of this place and how ranching in Grant County and surroundings has changed over time.

Ranching families immigrating to Grant County brought a diversity of practices, and traditions from Mexico, Texas, California, and the Great Plains, which they combined and adapted to create a ranching culture unique to southwestern New Mexico. Ranching families have been active and creative in expressing their culture and in contributing to their community. The exhibit will showcase distinctive Grant County expressions including the outdoor sport of cowboy polo, local Western musicians, ranch management education and community charity programs.

This exhibit is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Copper CowBelles and members of the local community who have given or loaned historical objects, family histories, or financial support.

Hallway Case Exhibits
Cowboy Culture
This exhibit explores the history, art, social organizations, sports, and cultures that surround this rural lifestyle.

Tirey on Corkscrew, Rodeo at Fort Bayard, circa 1920. SCM Photo #01429


Historic District Window Exhibits
Historic Districts Interpretive window exhibits are on display facing the Courtyard.

Each of the four districts has a map, with corresponding information about the history and architecture of the district.

The maps interpret the unique buildings and history of Silver City, and the importance of historic preservation.
Walking tours of three historic districts include:
  • Historic Business District,
  • La Capilla,
  • Gospel Hill.
Each tour includes maps, illustrations, and histories of specific buildings in the tour area. These materials are currently available for free, while supplies last, at the Silver City Museum and the Murray Ryan Visitor Center.