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Cowboys East & West. Ranch Hands on the BC and Albert Ranching Frontiers

Nov 25, 2012

The third lecture in the 2012 Lake Country Museum Lecture Series, Cowboys East & West. Ranch Hands on the BC and Alberta Ranching Frontiers, by BC ranch manager and author, Ken Mathers, will be presented on Sunday, November 25, 2012. This lecture will be held at the Creekside Theatre (10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Winfield) at 1:30 p.m. Mather will discuss the history of ranching in British Columbia and Alberta.

Ken Mather has been involved in heritage site research, planning, administration and collections management for the past 38 years. He started as an historical researcher at Fort Edmonton Park and later spent three years doing independent research and interpretive planning in Alberta. In 1979 he went to Barkerville Historic Park as the Interpretation and Education Coordinator and later was Curator for two years. He accepted the position of Manager/Curator at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in 1984 and remained there, living on the site, until 2004. During that time, he did a number of independent research projects and served on the BC Museums Association Board for ten years. In the spring of 2010, Ken took a position as the General Manager of the Historic Hat Creek Ranch near Cache Creek but his love for the Okanagan brought him back to O’Keefe Ranch in 2011.

Mather has written a number of articles and research reports for different magazines and websites. His first full-length book, Buckaroos and Mud Pups – The Early Days of Ranching in British Columbia, was published in 2006 and his second book, Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops – Ranching in the West in the early 20th Century came out in May of 2010. His third book, Cowboys and the Great Divide – Early BC and Alberta Ranching, is due out in April 2013.

This Lecture, Cowboys East & West, is on Sunday afternoon, September 25th, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.  Doors of the Creekside Theatre open at 1:00 p.m.

Admission is by Donation.