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Mobility Devices Add Access for National Ranching Heritage Center

Allen Ramsey

August 10, 2023

The National Ranching Heritage Center is a lovely place, but the walk through history can be restrictive.

This story is part of a series from the Office of Communications & Marketing spotlighting programs you can support during Texas Tech University's upcoming Day of Giving, scheduled for Aug. 15-16. For more information, visit the Day of Giving website.

The National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) is one of the crown jewels of Texas Tech University's sprawling campus.

Covering 19 acres, the center is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of ranching in North America while addressing contemporary ranching issues. The NRHC tells the story in a unique way, having brought to Lubbock pieces of real ranches and preserved the heritage of early settlers who helped forge the ranching lifestyle West Texans hold so dear.

From chuckwagon suppers to poetry readings, sing-alongs and the ever-popular Candlelight at the Ranch, the NRHC offers a veritable walk through history.

But, like most things in Texas, the NRHC is big. It takes a lot of space to rebuild barns, houses, dugouts and trains, and patrons looking to walk the trail through time could easily find themselves on a journey of more than a mile.

That's a lot of steps.

The distance can prove restrictive, even for patrons who still consider themselves active and mobile, and as such the NRHC is looking to add to the accessibility of its historic buildings and displays by bringing in some mobility devices.

While the center already meets standards for ADA accessibility, by adding mobility devices to have on hand, the NRHC hopes to make the history of ranching more accessible to everyone interested in visiting.

Watch the video above to get a more detailed understanding of exactly what the NHRC hopes to accomplish with its Day of Giving ask.

And, when you're ready, pop on over to see all the new and exciting things the center has to offer.

To make a donation to the National Ranching Heritage Center or for more information on Texas Tech's Day of Giving opportunities, please visit the Day of Giving website.