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The National Ranching Heritage Center.

The National Ranching Heritage Center.

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The National Ranching Heritage Center.

Alaejia Russell, Staff Writer]

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Last weekend April 15th from 10 A.M. to 4 p.m. at The National Heritage Ranching Center, the 47th annual Ranch Day took place. This social event takes place annually and includes living history demonstrations, ranch science activities, horseback riding, ranch horse skills demonstrations, and many more activities. This event had free admission but donations are appreciated.

“This was the first time I’ve been to this event and I was hoping to do horseback riding and ride them while they’re running,” Tatiyana Townsend said.

According to www.depts.ttu.edu/nrhc Ranch Day begun in 1970 at the National Heritage Ranching Center or NRHC and more than 5,000 guests attend every year. More than 100 ranch hosts and special event participants recreate authentic settings reflective of ranching in the 1780’s to present day.

“I think we should have more activities like this because I feel like this would help with meeting and interacting with new people,” Tatiyana Townsend said.

NRHC is a museum that focuses on the history of ranching and frontier settlers who lived in those structures and created legends and history in the process. According to www.depts.ttu.edu/nrhc, the museum has a unique partnership between Texas Tech and the Ranching Heritage Association, a non-profit member organization. NRHC is interesting in that it has 30 to 49 artifacts 100 to 177 years old. NRHC also offers 30-minute trolley tours of the historical park at 10 a.m. every Thursday (except for holidays) for a suggested $5 donation.

Even though Ranch Day has a history so does the NHRC. NHRC started in 1966 by Dr. Grover Murray who was also the president of Texas Technical College at the time. The National Heritage Ranch Center was once named The Ranch Headquarters until it was changed in 1975.

NHRC is open seven days a week and is located at 3121 4th St. Lubbock, TX. For more information on Ranch Day or to volunteer for the next Ranch Day visit www.depts.ttu.edu/nrhc. The NRHC app includes a map, GPS, as well as a feature that allows visitors to get background information on each artifact in the museum. For more information contact the NRHC at (806)742-0498.

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