Scott White
Director of Collections, Exhibits and Research
(806) 834-2178




Across Time and Territory: The NRHC Story

During the construction of the North Addition, many existing gallery spaces underwent  renovation. Part of the expansion and renovation project was the creation of a new permanent exhibit which tells the story of the NRHC. Read More

Writers of the Purple Sage

Located in the McCombs Main Gallery, this unique exhibit features more than 60 Western writers who helped shape the public image of the West. The writers featured in this exhibit presented the character and values of the people of the West to the rest of the world and created an American West that is as much a state of mind as it is an historical fact.  Read More

Spencer Rifle

Lever-Action Rifles

This exhibit, located in the Flores Gallery, explores the development and rich history of the lever-action rifle and its valuable role in shaping the American West. Read More

Ray Rector: Cowboy Photographer

With a portable Kodak Autograph camera, Ray Rector (1884-1933) captured the day-to-day life of an early 20th century cowboy by photographing scenes on the Swenson, Baldwin, Mayfield, Colbert and Patterson ranches surrounding Stamford, Texas. He began to call himself the “Cowboy Photographer” and used the title in advertisements for his photography business. Although Rector grew up in the late 1880s on a farm raising dairy cattle in Fisher County, Texas, he left home as a youth and worked as a cowboy on the XIT Ranch in the Texas Panhandle. After participating in numerous cattle drives and adapting well to cowboy life, Rector moved to California before he returned to Texas, settled in Stamford, married, and bought a photography business. Rector taught himself to run a photography studio and left a legacy of more than 1,000 photographic negatives and prints of ranch life on the Texas Plains.

Before the Grid

As the s1800s came to a close, some American cities began to enjoy the scientific miracle of electric power, but not everyone benefited from ready access to reliable electricity. Rural populations found ways to provide either their own electricity or harness new portable power supplies. This exhibit examines some of the machines used to make rural life easier during this period in American history. The Hit-and-Miss Engine, for example, provided power for farm and ranch machinery. The Fresno Scrapper was an early form of earth-moving equipment, and a wind-driven generator called the Wincharger could power a radio or a small number of lights. The Victrola used a hand-wound spring to turn records and a megaphone to amplify sound, thus making it possible for those in sparsely populated areas to enjoy music in their homes.

Recent Acquisitions

The Blue Stevens Gallery is home to a collection of items that have been donated to the NRHC over the past several months. This Gallery features changing content as new items are donated to the NRHC.

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