Photo Conservation Project

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame has started an important preservation project and we need your help to complete it. Discovered rolled in paper tubes and hidden away on shelves were 120 panoramic and oversized photographs. These photographs date between 1919 and 1957 – rodeo’s golden age. They feature some of rodeo’s earliest superstars – Jim Shoulders, Casey Tibbs, Gene Autry, and many more. With your help, we can continue the Hall’s mission to bring rodeo’s history into the present.

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame received a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Parks Service in 2019. This $95,500 matching-funds grant will allow the Hall to conserve these photographs. The Hall must raise an additional $95,500 to meet the requirements of the grant. Every dollar you donate will be matched by federal funds. This means that your contribution will make twice the impact.

Three photographs have been completed so far. They are from the 1953 Madison Square Garden Rodeo, the 1923 Madison Square Garden Rodeo, and the 1919 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo. Each of these photographs has received top-notch treatment. They have been humidified, flattened, cleaned, mended, stabilized, retouched and digitized. For the first time in many years, these photographs can safely be studied and displayed.

To date the Hall has raised $45,500 toward our goal! We still have further to go and need your generosity to get us there. If you would like more information about this project, contact Megan Winterfeldt at (719) 528-4754. Or click the button at the right to donate.

Conservation of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Panoramic and Oversized Photograph Collection is being supported in part by a Federal Save America’s Treasures grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn more about IMLS, visit www.imls.gov.