• Hardin-Simmons University’s 34th Annual Western Heritage Day

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Due to concerns about weather forecasts and the safety of attendees, HSU’s Western Heritage Day planned for Thursday, April 21, 2016 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding. Please make plans to attend Western Heritage Day 2017 on Thursday, April 20th.

    Free to all Big Country Daycares and Primary-Aged Students & Schools (Registration is Required)

    Western Heritage Day is an annual educational event designed to immerse children of the Big Country in western culture as it might have been in Abilene during the 1800’s.

    This celebration of western heritage includes numerous activities, booths, demonstrations, and cultural activities aimed at teaching new generations about the integrity, honor, character, and hard work of frontier women and men left as a legacy for generations of West Texans.

    To discover some of the legacy of this special day, please view the video with Dr. George Newman.

  • Typically, children come to HSU with their classes/groups and spend anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes exploring all of our special campus activities including:

    • HSU’s Six White Horses and World Famous Cowboy Band
    • Small Farm Animal Petting Area
    • Sheep Shearing
    • Folk Music & Dancing
    • Western Melodramas & Storytelling
    • HSU Branding Pit
    • Chuck Wagon Snacks
    • Ft. Griffin Longhorn Heard
    • Trick Roping Demonstration
    • Quilting & Weaving Demonstrations
    • Boot & Hat Making Demonstrations
    • Western Washing Experience
    • Face Painting
    • And Much More…

    In addition to these activities, HSU invites teachers/parents and their classes to extend their experience by bringing a sack lunch and enjoying the Western atmosphere as they enjoy a picnic in Walton Grove next to HSU’s recently enhanced pond.

    To register your student, group, or class, please complete the WHD Class/Group Registration Form. Teachers can find additional information on the WHD Teacher’s Handout.

    To volunteer for this event (HSU Faculty, Staff, & Students only), please complete the WHD Volunteer Form. Volunteers can find additional information on the WHD Volunteer Handout.

    For additional information, please contact James Stone, Executive Director of University Relations, at jstone@hsutx.edu.

    We hope to see you at this year’s Western Heritage Day!

    Hardin-Simmons University’s Western Heritage Day is made possible by gifts from the Guy Calwell Endowment for Western Heritage and the Lee and Lou C. Evans Endowment for Western Heritage.

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