Western Folklife Center's
Back at the Ranch

About the Exhibit Tools of the Trade Stories from the Ranch Cowboy Music and Poetry
Photo by Brent Herridge

Visitors to the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada enjoyed Back at the Ranch in person in 2005. Elements of Back at the Ranch are also available to travel to other sites; please contact Meg Glaser at 775-738-7508, extension 225, for more information.

New poems, films, songs, and photos will be added regularly.



Many individuals have contributed to our deeper understanding and appreciation of life Back at the Ranch. We can never thank them enough. We are also deeply grateful to our funders, and especially the National Endowment for the Arts, for their vital role in making this work happen.

Contributors include:

Western Folklife Center Staff for the Back At the Ranch: An Artful Life exhibition :

Information in Tools of the Trade was drawn from past Western Folklife Center exhibitions, with curatorial assistance from Griff Durham, Jeremiah and Colleen Watt and Blanton Owen.

About the Contemporary Gear Fund and Collection

In 1992, artist William Matthews approached us about establishing a fund to purchase contemporary crafted horse gear. With Matthews’ support and leadership, the Western Folklife Center established our Contemporary Gear Fund as a means of building a collection of contemporary handcrafted gear representative of the region and its respected makers. It has grown incrementally over the years through the generous donations of gear and funds, and though modest in size, is iconic of the quality and range of work being created today. The collection is housed at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, with elements available to travel to other sites. An ad hoc committee oversees the fund. If you would like to contribute, please contact Meg Glaser at 775-738-7508, ext 225 or at mglaser@westernfolklife.org.

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