The exhibition will be available to the public from Tuesday, April 27, 2021 to June 2, 2021. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Sue Dossey at 325-625-3043.

Library Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday - Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
  • Wednesday: Noon - 6pm
  • Thursday: 10am - 6pm
  • Friday: Noon - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - Noon   

The Coleman ACE Program and the Coleman Public Library will present “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” an exhibition created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

The exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at or call 512.440.1991.

ACE - Funded by the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC Program administered by the US Department of Education.


  • Starting Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, repeats every week on Tuesday until Wednesday, June 02, 2021 — all day


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