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“Head ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out” At Seward County Historical Society

KSCB News - April 22, 2015 12:21 pm

Seward County Historical Society in Liberal will host “Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out,” a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray at 2 p.m. Sunday at Coronado Museum.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. The driver of yesteryear had little choice but to face the elements placed before him if he was to get his wild cattle to market.

This presentation will explore how today’s massive beef industry owes its beginnings to the men and women who were bold enough to “head ‘em up and move ‘em out.”

Gray is a sixth-generation Kansan who co-founded the COWBOY (Cockeyed Old West Band Of Yahoos) Society to promote and preserve Kansas’s cowboy heritage through the bi-monthly newspaper, Kansas Cowboy.

The executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame, he is the author of Desperate Seed: Ellsworth Kansas on the Violent Frontier and writes the newspaper column “The Way West.”

“In our modern world, we often forget that the food we find on the shelf and in the cooler comes from our farms and ranches,” Gray said. “Beefsteak was once a steer on the hoof, and so it was 150 years ago when cowboys pointed their herds across the open plains to the railroad corrals of the Kansas cattle towns. The method of delivery has changed, but the spirit of the cowboy will never change as long as cattle graze and beef is on the menu.”

“Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine theshared human experience – the innovations, culture, heritage and conflicts.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs, contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at

For more information about “Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out” in Liberal, contact SCHS at 624-7624.


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