The Cowboy Way...
Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum Board Member Candy Glidden and her son, Travis, present "The Cowboy Way" at the Cuero Public Library as part of the summber reading program, “Libraries — Deep in the Heart Of Texas”. “The Cowboy Way” included tools, gear, and clothing that would have been worn and used by a cowboy driving cattle from South Central Texas to northern markets during the “Cattle Drive Era”. Mrs. Glidden also read the story of “Old Blue”, the legendary longhorn who lead several herds of longhorn cattle up the trail. The children were also encouraged to design their own "brand" and these will be posted at the library. “The Cowboy Way” chosen as the "favorite" by the children responding to the end-of-summer questionnaire.
Who are we? Where have we been and what have we done? Those who preceded us shaped our reality in ways we may not know or understand. But if we could know — and we could understand — wouldn't we have some answers to life's puzzles?
If we were offered an opportunity to travel back in time and observe past events in a safe time machine, guaranteed to return us to our own time — which one of us would not jump at the chance? To gain first hand knowledge of our heritage helps to illuminate our journey to our own destiny.
So far, time machines exist only in science fiction, but a Museum, if properly utilized and integrated with educational institutions can transport us back in time and allow us to witness our amazing past. Education then becomes the ignition to our time machine. "Hands-on" exhibits, activities that both excite the imagination and provide insight into a forgotten way of life, can make the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear part of today's experience.
Children come to a museum with a natural curiosity and anticipation. The objective of The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum is to capitalize on their enthusiasm and sense of wonder so that when they leave the museum, they remain connected to those people and those events of long ago.
The plan of The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum is to coordinate programs and exhibits with the curriculum of local schools, encouraging them to include the Museum as part of the regular classroom experience. Our long-range goals are to work hand in hand with regional school systems to provide unique perspectives into local, regional and statewide history.