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2002/04/09


Grand Opening Celebration June 7-9 In Fort Worth, Texas The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame announced plans today for its Grand Opening celebration from June 7, 8, and 9, 2002, in Fort Worth, Texas. The festivities will mark the official opening of the new 33,000 square foot museum which honors and documents the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West, and pays special tribute to the 158 women already inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. "We are looking forward to several days of great fun and a series of cultural events that will salute the trailblazing efforts and the strength, character and courage of the American Cowgirl," said Patricia W. Riley, Executive Director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. "When this museum opens, it's going to demonstrate that if anybody wants to know about cowgirls in America, they need to go to Fort Worth, Texas, and visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame," said Van Romans, design advisor to the project and director of cultural alliance for Walt Disney Imagineering, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. The current schedule for the Grand Opening festivities is as follows: On Friday, June 7, at 10 AM the ribbon cutting will involve a wide range of officials, celebrities and community leaders. Immediately following (about 11 a.m.) all Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees will for the first time tour the building with their families and attend a reception brunch inside the museum. Members of the press are also invited to this preview. At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, donors who contributed $500 or more are invited to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame's opening gala with country western singer Lorrie Morgan. On Saturday, June 8, beginning at 10 AM - Hundreds of men, women and children - some in western attire and others in costume - will parade through the Cultural District of Fort Worth on foot, horseback, bike, scooter or any other non-motorized means of transportation. The Cultural District, home to some of Fort Worth's most renowned institutions including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is also home to Fort Worth's Western Heritage Center and the Will Rogers Memorial Center, which hosts the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, widely regarded as one of the premier rodeo and livestock shows in the western United States. Registration to participate in the Cowgirl parade is now underway by contacting Susan Fine at 817-336-4475. At Noon on Saturday, following the conclusion of the parade, thousands of members of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame are invited to tour the new building for the first time. At noon on Sunday, June 9, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame opens to the public with a special flag raising ceremony and entertainment throughout the day on the grounds of the new building. The $21 million National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame was designed by David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. of Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas. Schwarz, who also designed the Ballpark in Arlington and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, has created a richly decorated limestone and brick facade using Texas themes and open spaces for large murals. Inside, the building includes three gallery areas that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, a multipurpose theater, hands-on children's areas, a flexible gallery area for traveling exhibitions, a research library, a catering kitchen, a retail store, and a grand rotunda where visitors will begin to learn about the spirit of the cowgirl. Since its inception in 1975 in Hereford, Texas, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has recorded, preserved and celebrated the dreams, determination and successes of the American cowgirl and the spirit she embodies. The museum's archives currently house information about and artifacts from more than 400 remarkable women. The 158 Hall of Fame honorees include pioneers, artists, writers, entertainers, humanitarians, businesswomen, educators, ranchers and rodeo cowgirls including: Sacagawea, principal guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition; painter Georgia O'Keeffe; potter Maria Martinez; sharpshooter Annie Oakley; Enid Justin, who created the multi-million dollar Nocona Boot Company; and Hollywood film icon Dale Evans, as well as Alice Van Springsteen, her stunt double. Every November, at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Annual Induction Luncheon, an additional four to six extraordinary women are honored with their place in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. If you would like to receive more specific information about the opening festivities as we get closer to the date, please contact: Susan Fine at 1-800-476-FAME, 817-336-4475 or e-mail her: susan@cowgirl.net.

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