KTTU-18 "In Focus," Sunday, 12/13/09, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Betty Barr, coordinator of the History Rooms at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The Bowman Archive Room and the Ann Stradling History Center opened to the public May 1, 2009.

Barr says Stradling owned the Museum of the Horse in Patagonia and donated it just before her death to the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  She says the Stradling Foundation has an agreement with that museum to borrow items for display in the History Center at the Fairgrounds. Local western and cowboy artifacts are featured, she says.

Barr says she worked with longtime area cattle rancher Bob Bowman in putting together his archive collection.  She says it includes oral histories of area pioneer families, news clippings covering the past 50 years, vintage photographs and memorabilia.

Barr says the work setting up the rooms was done by volunteers. She says the rooms, located in Pioneer Hall at the Fairgrounds, are open by appointment only. She says the project was funded by local donations through the non-profit Anne Stradling Equine Foundation.