Black Hat, White Hat: The Good, The Bad and The Enduring Image
January 12, 2009
Alumnus B. Byron Price will discuss cowboy culture and presidential politics at the
Written by: Jessica Behnham
B. Byron Price received his master's degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.
Western culture expert and author B. Byron Price will discuss the relationship between
cowboy culture and presidential politics at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the main gallery of
the National Ranching Heritage Center
, 3121 Fourth Street in Lubbock.
Price’s lecture is titled “Black Hat, White Hat: The Good, The Bad and The Enduring
Image” and covers the presidential years of Theodore Roosevelt through George W.
Price received his master’s degree in Museum Science
from Texas Tech University and currently serves as director of the Charles M. Russell
Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma.
His discussion will focus on how, at the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. presidency
became intertwined with popular culture’s image of the cowboy hero.
“‘Cowboys became more than an occupation,” he said. “The word symbolizes action,
individualism and masculinity. It also came to imply character and behavior embodying
both positive and negative connotations.”
Price’s visit is sponsored by the Helen Jones Foundation Education Endowment at the
National Ranching Heritage Center.
A reservation is required to attend the event. For reservation and additional information
contact Emily Arellano at (806) 742-0497.