Julie Hodges
Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Manager of Education
(806) 834-0083




Join us on April 9, 2016 for the NRHC's annual Ranch Day event.  Ranch Day is a living history, educational event held in the spring with historical interpretations and hands-on experiences designed for the young and young at heart.


Ranch Day Highlights

            More than 4,000 visitors attend Ranch Day each year as more than 150 volunteers work to make the NRHC come alive with historical interpretations and hands-on experiences. The popular event will include hands-on science and history demonstrations, a ranch horse skills demonstration, a stick horse rodeo, music, dancing, and a magic show at the 6666 Barn.

            Guests can buy hamburgers and hot dogs as they participate in such historic activities as washing clothes on a washboard, churning butter, and riding horses and a railroad hand car. Science activities will include building simple machines, learning about steam power, and exploring range science.

            The “Ranch Hand Experience” program will allow visitors (ranch hands) to get work cards when they arrive and have their cards stamped as they complete each activity. After six activities, visitors can take their stamped work cards to the Matador Office to receive cowboy pay that can be spent at the Waggoner Commissary.

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Ranch Day 2016 Poster

No admission charge

Ranch Day is a living history, educational event begun in 1970 at the National Ranching Heritage Center. More than 100 Ranch Hosts and special event participants recreate authentic settings reflective of ranching from the 1780s to the present.

For information, call Julie Hodges at (806) 834-0083 or send an e-mail to

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