Working Ranch Wear: Tools of the Trade


Members of the Cowgirl Historical Foundation

Cowboy style has influenced popular fashion throughout the decades, but in its truest form it was created as a practical way to ensure survival. This program, presented by the Cowgirls Historical Foundation, examines the origins of ranch wear such as hats, boots, chaps and accessories, and the functionality of each piece worn by working cowboys of the Old West and today. For example, fringe was designed to draw rainwater away from the wearer, not simply as a decorative accent. In addition, the cowboy’s stylish neckerchief is also used as a tourniquet, halter or coffee filter.

The Cowgirls Historical Foundation, based in metropolitan Phoenix’s East Valley, strives to preserve western heritage and the equestrian way of life through community service and educational programs.

Included with museum admission; free to museum members.