I’ve been told that the phrase, “Cowboys and Culture,” was coined by the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors’ Bureau as a motto to sell the city. I’ve recently learned of just how well that phrase fits an important place in Fort Worth. Back in 1936 the Will Rogers Memorial Center was constructed as part of Fort Worth’s celebration of the Texas Centennial. It was named for Will Rogers because he was a close friend of Amon Carter and had died the year before in a plane crash. In 1935-6 other structures were built as part of the celebration including the original Casa Manana and large parking lots to accommodate the attendees. Today, all those structures are gone; even though Casa Manana is still there, it’s a completely different building. And in their place, some of the finest museums in the country have been built including the Kimbell, the Amon Carter, the Modern, the Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, all seats of culture in our city. And what’s at the center of all this culture? That’s right, the Will Rogers Memorial Center with its almost continuous parade of horse and cattle shows and rodeos, still representing the traditions of the old west cowboy. So, it’s not just a motto to sell Fort Worth; we have the culture of museums and theater literally surrounding the cowboy lifestyle right in the heart of our city. We call it the Cultural District, but now you know it represents so much more!
Archive for the ‘Fort Worth Museums’ Category
September 30th, 2010 by Grover McMains
July 8th, 2010 by Grover McMains
In cooperation with Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts, over 600 museums across the country are allowing active duty military and their families free admission through Labor Day of this year. In Fort Worth the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are all participants in this program.
Have you seen a blue star on a rectangular red and white background on a car or in the window of a house? In case you don’t know its significance, it means that a family member is serving in the United States armed forces. It may have begun earlier, but it was a very prominent feature in homes during World War II, and if the person died serving in the military, a gold star was displayed. During WWII The Texas White House, home to the James Newkirk family at the time, proudly displayed four blue stars. To honor those four young men, our bed and breakfast has offered discounts to military personnel since September 11, 2001.
If you’re active duty military or know someone who is, please let them know about the Blue Star Museum program. You can find all participating museums online at Blue Star Families. And when you call that family, be sure to say, “thanks for your service to our country.”
July 2nd, 2010 by Grover McMains
I think it’s my favorite museum, and in Fort Worth that’s saying something! The Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art is an impressive collection of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell paintings and sculptures. It’s not paintings of the glamourous old west we see in movies; it’s the tough lives and harsh conditions of the real, old west, but it is eloquently depicted by these two, famous artists. So much so, that it seems to come alive as you view it. If you’re old enough to remember when the phone books had pictures on the front of them, you will probably recognize some of these paintings. That’s where you’ve seen them before.
The museum is conveniently located in downtown, and it’s the only museum open on Mondays. It’s a Fort Worth attraction you definitely should not miss.
May 31st, 2010 by Grover McMains
Going on from now through November 7, Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum is presenting Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light, a display of 40 famous and lesser-known works by the man who invented several photographic techniques in wide use today. For those of you who don’t know of him, Ansel Adams lived from 1902 to 1984 and was best known for his black and white photography of the American West. This exhibit fits in well at the Amon Carter since it is known for its Remington and Russell collections of both artists’ Western paintings and sculptures. As are all the major Fort Worth museums, the Amon Carter is only a short, five minute drive from our bed and breakfast. Remember, too, if you’re planning a trip to see this attraction, the Amon Carter is closed on Mondays.
March 1st, 2010 by Grover McMains
I’m sure it will surprise the folks on the east and west coasts, but America Online Travel has named the State of Texas as the country’s new Capital of Culture. In addition to Fort Worth’s Kimbell and Modern Art Museums, Sid Richardson Museum and Bass Performance Hall, Dallas’ Performing Arts Center, Austin’s live music, the Johnson Space Craft Center, the Dallas Cowboys, Houston’s Grand Opera, and the entire state for diversity of architectural styles were all contributors to the honor. Can’t you just hear someone from New Jersey or from overseas saying, “Let’s take a few days and go down there and see all these things.” Pretty tall order, partner! But if you want to pick a place to start, I’d suggest Fort Worth. And if you need a place to stay, I know of a little bed and breakfast in Fort Worth that’s really close to everything. Why, you can even take a day trip to that little city east of us!
February 21st, 2010 by Grover McMains
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is hosting a special exhibit of artist Georgia O’Keeffe now through September. This attraction, of course, displays many of her works but also has extensive photography of her life and lifestyle. So, it’s a behind the scenes look at this artist’s life as well as an exhibit of her work. Some of our guests received a member preview and said it shows how Ms. O’Keeffe lived, played, worked and whom she associated with. Reserve a room at The Texas White House, and we’ll have your tickets waiting for you when you arrive.
January 9th, 2010 by Grover McMains
Cattle were the first major industry in Fort Worth when cattle drives stopped here to re-supply and rest. The history and spirit of those days has been captured in the Cattle Raisers Museum which is now opening their new museum as an attraction in the new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Either as a couple or with the family, you can spend an entire day seeing the history of the cattle industry in Texas, intriguing scientific exhibits and experiments and one of the features at the Omni Theater, all under one roof! If this sounds like fun to you, mention this posting when you make a reservation to stay at The Texas White House, and we’ll discount your stay by giving you a complimentary lunch to enjoy while you’re at the museum.
November 13th, 2009 by Grover McMains
The newly renovated and expanded Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is scheduled to open on November 20. Located close to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame,
this museum is also the home of the Omni Theater (not your typical IMAX). Now the museum will have exciting new exhibits for young and old alike. If you’re thinking of a getaway for the weekend before Thanksgiving, stay with us at The Texas White House and plan to visit Fort Worth’s newest, old museum.
November 6th, 2009 by Grover McMains
One of only four, known easel paintings by Michaelango, Fort Worth is now the home of his very first one, “The Torment of Saint Anthony”, and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Stay at our bed and breakfast, and we can have admission tickets to the Kimbell waiting for you when you arrive.