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National Ranching Heritage Center

Donation Wish List

Taking a cue from many other museums in the country, we have decided to publish a “wish list” of things that would either fill out our collections or sustain the NRHC for years to come. Below is that list of items that will be updated continually as time passes.

  • Endowment funding
  • New building for rolling stock (wagons, vehicles)
  • Ranching artifacts
  • Photographs
  • Brand books
  • Films
  • Manuscripts, Diaries, Letters
  • Ranch papers
  • Ranch maps
  • Chaps, gloves, wrist guards, etc
  • Ropes, knives, teepee, bridles, bits
  • Old eyeglasses, watches
  • Ranch ledgers and charter papers
  • More members
  • More volunteers
  • Exhibit sponsors
  • Art
  • Building materials
  • Shelving units or flat storage units

Public generosity has provided many of the artifacts used by the museum to create, sustain and enhance its collections. Due to the volume of offers we receive, however, we cannot accept unsolicited material dropped off at the museum or sent through the mail.

If you would like to donate an item(s), please email robert.w.tidwell@ttu.edu or send a letter addressed to the following:

Dr. Robert W. Tidwell, Curator
National Ranching Heritage Center
Box 43200
Lubbock, TX 79409-3200

Leave a Legacy

Ranching Legacy Endowment Fund

The Ranching Legacy Endowment Fund is a vital resource to the future of the National Ranching Heritage Center. While a donor may contribute cash, stock or other gifts to the NRHC, a gift designated to the Ranching Legacy Endowment Fund is an investment in the future.

The Burnett Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, has challenged the Ranching Heritage Association to raise a $5 million endowment. The foundation has pledged a gift of $1 million if RHA will raise $4 million. Your support is crucial to our success and to maintaining continuous care of our buildings, artifacts, educational programming and publications.

The annual interest from this endowment will ensure that future generations can maintain and experience what men and women dreamed, designed and created 50 years ago.

Donate online at www.ranchingheritage.org/donate

Estate Planning

About 50 percent of all adults die without a valid will. Many think they don't need a will because they aren't wealthy, they're too young or the courts can handle their affairs. The truth is that everyone needs an estate plan—big or small.

The simplest way to leave a legacy to the National Ranching Heritage Center is to designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate in your will. The NRHC also could be named to receive property, life insurance or shares of stock.

Another estate planning opportunity is through a trust or annuity that pays you or a loved one during your life and upon your death pays the remaining funds to the NRHC.

For information about planned giving options, call the NRHC at 806.742.0498 and ask to speak with our Director of Business Management.

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