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The George Ranch Blog

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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15 Jan2018

History on the Table: 1890s Chuckwagon Beef Stew

In the early days of the cattle industry, before cross-breeding with other stock, Texas beef was very lean. Therefore, it was best cooked slowly over a low heat for a long period of time. Stewing was the ideal cooking method for early beef. This recipe comes from Chef Nick Castelberg’s official George Ranch Historical...

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07 Nov2017

History, Horns and Heat: Part One

By Louise Clare George Ranch Historical Park Intern Hello everyone, I’m Louise and I’m the 2017 intern for the George Ranch Historical Park. Before I delve into all the exciting things I have been getting up to here on the Ranch, I wanted to introduce myself a little. I was born and raised in...

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19 Oct2017

Re-Building an 1890s Smokehouse: An Eagle Scout Perspective

BY ANDREW PHILLIPS George Ranch Historical Park Teen Volunteer When I reached the point in my Boy Scout journey that it was time to begin my Eagle project, there was no question in my mind where I wanted to give back and help.  Having been a lifelong visitor to the George Ranch with my...

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10 Oct2017

Pedaling through History: The Lee Family at Texian Market Days

As you amble around the History Circle for Texian Market Days, be sure to clear a path for the Lee family! Sitting atop their historically-authentic high-wheel bicycles, Lucille and Larry Lee (and their children and grandchildren!) have been staples of the Texian Market Days experience since the very beginning. “We found our first high-wheel...

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15 Aug2017

Saving Heritage Breeds

The Subtle Way Living History Helps Keep Rare Livestock from Going Extinct “Welcome to the Sharecropper Farm!” “Uncle” Bob Beringer’s friendly, booming voice welcomes a group of international visitors to the 1890s Sharecropper Farm at the George Ranch Historical Park. The group approaches the farm’s rustic outbuildings as Uncle Bob motions for them to...

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20 Jul2017

Victorian Flower-Pressing

Hands-On Summer History is in full swing here at the Park and we’ve been having a lot of fun exploring different topics every week! Last month, one of our favorite activities was flower-pressing at the 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion. Flower pressing was a common hobby for Victorian ladies of any social class, as it...

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