In 1999, Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston bequeathed their collection to the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and in that year the Museum embarked on a $676,000 project that would provide an interpretive framework for these objects. On October 27, 2006 the Museum opened its installation of this expansive collection, West of Beyond.
West of Beyond explores the West as a site of intercultural exchange, and reveals stories, both ordinary and extraordinary, spanning a vast terrain of time and space. Containing over 2,000 artifacts and works of art, the exhibit is arranged into five topical thematic clusters that stress cultural change and interaction over time: Family and Community, Spirit, Farming and Ranching, Trade and Exchange, and War and Conquest.
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