Cowboy Exhibit

March 28, 2014

Museum Presents "Florida Cowboys." by Rona Stage, Museum Director

The Useppa Island Historical Society has opened a new temporary exhibit in the Barbara Sumwalt Museum called “Florida Cowboys”. Featuring the photography of Carlton Ward Jr., a leader in conservation photography and cowboy memorabilia, the exhibit portrays the history and the present day life of the cowboy and cattle ranching in Florida, the first state in the country to begin cattle ranching in 1605. Florida is home to over 15,000 ranches. One of them is the largest beef producer in the nation, and six in the top ten. They cover nearly a fifth of the state of Florida, protecting the endangered species that occupy their land and the state’s water resources. The exhibit will be on display until May. Carlton Ward will speak at the Museum on Saturday February 8th at 6:30. Ward is an eighth generation Floridian from a pioneering ranching family. His photography and writing appear in a wide variety of publications, including Smithsonian, Popular Photography, GEO, Africa Geographic, and Outdoor Photographer. A leader in conservation photography, he founded the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC) to help connect Floridians with their natural heritage.

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Photos by UseppaGin