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The George Ranch Blog

19 Jun2019

154 years after Juneteenth, discover the stories of African Americans who contributed to early Ranch history

By KRYSTAL WILLEBY Director of Programs On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Union General Gordon Granger declared, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This simple act broke the chains of slavery in Texas and changed the...

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05 Apr2019

Newly-Discovered Victorian Cookbook Inspires Changes to Historic Meal Menus

A newly-discovered turn-of-the-century cookbook is bringing some exciting new menu items to the Historic Foodways program at the George Ranch Historical Park. “The Ladies’ Aid Society Cook Book of the Baptist Church” was discovered in the archives of the Fort Bend History Association earlier this year. It likely dates from the 1890s and includes...

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07 Mar2019

Ranch Territory: Cattle Branding in Early Fort Bend County

Early Texas colonists had two options when it came to receiving a land grant. Those who professed to be farmers received a “labor” of land (177 acres). Those who said they were ranchers received a “league” of land (4,428 acres). Though there were wild cattle roaming the Texas prairies during that time, many settlers...

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31 Dec2018

A History of Diversity

Black cowboys at the George Ranch set an early tone for Fort Bend’s diverse character By Steve Nelson Board of Trustees, Fort Bend History Association It’s become a well-known fact, symbolic of recent growth in our area: Fort Bend County is now the nation’s most diverse county. Our mix of residents, while perhaps surprising...

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16 Aug2018

Powering History: A Cowboy Connection at the George Ranch

By Steve Nelson Fort Bend History Association Board of Trustees Cowboys have long been an independent lot. From Buffalo Bill to the Marlboro Man, stoic and self-sufficient are traits often associated with the iconic symbols of the American West. Out at the George Ranch Historical Park, that image is alive and well – fully...

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25 Jun2018

Ranch to be CLOSED on Tuesday, June 26

Due to utility company repairs and upgrades beyond our control, George Ranch Historical Park will be CLOSED on Tuesday, June 26. Please plan to visit us later in the week; we apologize for the inconvenience!

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22 May2018

Ranch to Participate in Blue Star Museums Program

George Ranch Historical Park is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer RICHMOND, TEXAS – Today, George Ranch Historical Park announced its participation in the 9th annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families,...

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01 May2018

Spring Migration along the Heritage Trail

By Hanna Reed Spring 2018 Intern Spring bird migration is in full swing here at the Ranch! Last Friday, Amber Killian, one of our historic interpreters, stopped by my desk and invited me to join her for a walk along the Heritage Trail. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I couldn’t pass up...

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29 Mar2018

From the Easter Hare to Egg Dolls: The History Behind Our Favorite Easter Traditions

By Hanna Reed Spring 2018 Intern Spring has finally arrived, and it’s a beautiful time of year to visit the Ranch! As we prepare for this Saturday’s Old-Fashioned Easter Celebration, we have been diving into the rich history and traditions of this spring holiday: Easter Bunny Though the exact origins of the egg-bringing rabbit...

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14 Mar2018

The Evolution of Technology: Cotton Processing

By Hanna Reed George Ranch Historical Park Intern – Spring 2018 During March 13-17, the George Ranch Historical Park will spend the week exploring the evolution of various technologies used throughout history of the Ranch. Did you know that the United States exported 117,995 pounds of cotton at the end of 2017? Texas is one...

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