Museum to host brand burning at Bootfest
Branding Wall
Museum of the Coastal Bend branding wall

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will participate in Victoria’s 2015 Bootfest weekend with a brand wall exhibit and brand burning on Main Street in front of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

The brand wall is a selection of branded wooden tiles that document regional livestock brands. They are drawn from the collection of 230 burnt brand tiles that regional landowners and ranching families have recorded at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

Local ranchers are encouraged to stop by the exhibit between 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 with their branding irons to burn their brand on the wall. Heat sources will be provided along with ten-by-ten inch wooden tiles for branding. Each brand’s information will be recorded and added to the wall, which will be on display Saturday only during Bootfest.

RSVPs for the branding activity are encouraged in order to ensure the appropriate quantity of wooden tile “blanks” are on hand.

“The Crossroads region is rich in ranching history,” Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College’s director of cultural affairs said. “The many tourists who visit the museum every year are fascinated by our brand exhibits and the lore of livestock brands.”

After the festival, burned brand tiles will be exhibited as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

To RSVP for Saturday's branding activity, contact Prudhomme at (361) 582-2436 or There is no charge to participate.

Published: Thursday, 24 September 2015

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