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The primary objective of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame is to offer the visitor a true and complete historical perspective of the people and activities that built the unique culture of the American West. The work of artists who documented the people and events of the time through journalsphotographs and other historical items are part of this new collection.  These long overlooked materials tell perhaps for the first time the complete story.  The American West of today still operates on many of the principles and cultural relationships begun so long ago.

Jim and Gloria Austin
Founders of NMWH Museum


The National Multicultural Western Heritage Hall of Fame was founded to give recognition to the outstanding pioneers who played a role in settling the early American western frontier.  The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame also acknowledges individuals that have contributed to the western culture and tradition and play a part in keeping this important piece of American History alive.

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The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum was started to acknowledge the contributions of Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans in the settlement of the Western American Frontier.

Some of their stories are untold and the NMWHHF is their only voice.

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum is currently located at 3400 Mount Vernon Ave. There are several featured exhibits such as the Tusekgee Airmen and the Buffalo Soldiers .

The future holds promise for the Museum and a Capital Campaign is underway to secure funding for the renovation of a new location. The new location along with providing more square footage for exhibits also sits in a high traffic area on Interstate 287.

What the Museum Offers:

Weekly Cultural Heritage Youth Education Workshops


The workshops focus on teaching to students the history of various minority involvements in the settling of the western United States, which includes the Texas Buffalo Soldiers, the history of the Black cowboy, American Indian culture and history and Hispanic customs and history.  The workshops will be held during the school year, every Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.  Students will also have the opportunity to tour the Museum.  Each workshop session can accommodate approximately 100 students.  To schedule a workshop, please contact the museum business office at (817) 922-9999,  Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m, the museum (817) 534-8801, Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., or Email info@cowboysofcolor.org.

Free Weekly Children's Storytelling

Every Saturday from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm parents are encouraged to bring their children to experience free storytelling at the museum.  Area celebrities and other guest storytellers will read and share their favorite stories to children, highlighting the history of the settling of the American Western Frontier as well as discussing the modern-day sport of rodeo and other cowboy & western heritage entertainment.  There is no cost to attend this weekly event.

Hands - On Interactive Activities

Students, as well as adults, can add to their educational experience at the museum by participating in a variety of interactive activities such as matching games, crossword puzzles, hidden message word searches and scavenger hunts.  During the scavenger hunts, students will scour the museum, looking for the answers to a variety of questions about the heroes featured in our exhibits. Specialized cultural heritage scavenger hunts are available that highlight the achievements of particular groups, such as African-American cowboys, Hispanic cowboys, cowgirls and other female pioneers as well as Native American Indian Chiefs.

Group Tour Rates and Availability

$2.00 per student
$5.00 per adult

Appointments for group tours  of ten (10) or more,  are available Wednesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., taken on a space available basis.  If you have a date or dates and times that you would like to check for availability, we will be happy to check them for you.  The group tours will include a presentation given by Museum Coordinator & Docent, Rich Robinson, followed by questions and answers from the group.  This presentation brings "history lessons to life" through the presentation of historical artifacts commonly used during the times of the old West.  To schedule a group tour, please contact the museum business office at (817) 922-9999,  Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m, the museum (817) 534-8801, Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., or Email info@cowboysofcolor.org.

The "Forgotten Cowboys" Travelling Living History Presentations

The "Forgotten Cowboys" Travelling Living History Presentations are an expansion of our educational program, "Cultural Heritage Youth Workshops," currently funded through The Nissan Foundation.  With this program, we are able to take the rich, educational experience of the "Cultural Heritage Youth Workshops" to local schools and organizations.  With this expansion of our current programming, we are able to outreach to a greater quantity of people within the community.  Through this programming, people will learn about a proud heritage, learn to embrace diversity and tolerance, encounter new role models, and engage in interactive activities that will increase their knowledge of the complete history of the settlement of the western United States.  The presentations can be tailored to fit the specific needs a group.  The presentation fee begins at  $300.00 for schools outside of Tarrant County or other organizations. To schedule a presentation at your school or organization, please contact the museum business office at (817) 922-9999,  Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m, the museum (817) 534-8801, Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., or Email info@cowboysofcolor.org. 


Gloria Reed Austin
James N. Austin, Jr.

Executive Committee (View full list of members)

President - James N. Austin, Jr.
Vice President - Tre Garrett
Secretary - Kyle Davie
Treasurer - Robert Holmes
Executive Committee - Bob Jameson
Executive Committee - Steven R. Heape
Executive Director - Gloria Reed Austin

Board Members (View full list of members)

  • Cherie Gordon
  • Sylvia McElvy, CPA
  • Jacinto Ramos, jr.
  • Clara Ruddell
  • Di Ann Sanchez, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Taylor
  • Saul Waranch

Advisory Council
  • Candace Alley, DMA
  • Doretta Battle, RN
  • Craig Crosby
  • W. Marvin Dulaney, Ph.D
  • Darryl Duncan
  • Claudia Sue Meeks
  • Drew Pearson
  • Sue Sistrunk
  • Ron Spencer
  • Ernest L. Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Rodney White

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