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Feb 2, 2012

‘Cowboy Song Tradition’ traveling exhibit on display at Dakota Wesleyan

MITCHELL – First, their experiences were commemorated in verse – now a traveling museum exhibit has been created to celebrate a few cowboy poets.

“The Cowboy Song Tradition” – a traveling exhibit of six panels – is now on display in the McGovern Library at Dakota Wesleyan University. The exhibit went on display Feb. 1 and will remain until March 1 and is free and open to the public.

Each panel depicts the contribution of a cowboy poet/songwriter, including South Dakota’s Charles Badger Clark – the state’s first poet laureate; Tex Fletcher, Rusty Holman, Lloyd Prichard, Ben Stoller and George B. German. The George B. German Music Archives created “The Cowboy Song Tradition,” which displays photographs, sheet music and historical accounts of their lives and music.

Clark attended DWU for one year before moving to Cuba, then back to the states. DWU’s Badger Clark Collection lent his journal entry of “A Border Affair” to the exhibit. The display began at the Deadwood Public Library, then the Dell Rapids Museum, the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum in Brookings, and concludes at Dakota Wesleyan.

The exhibit also includes the recently restored video-documentary, “Ride Around Cowboy,” created by the Music Archives in 1980.  The video is available for special presentation, or in a multi-media display setting with video capabilities.

“The Cowboy Song Tradition” marks the completion of the initial project by members of the George B. German Music Archives organization to revive their work at documenting and preserving the music and traditions found in South Dakota.


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