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Legacy Day 2016

Legacy Day 2016

On May 4th Elgin School 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and their teachers arrived at the Empire Ranch to learn about Arizona’s rich ranching heritage. This year’s instructional sessions included horsehair braiding, roping, adobe repair, range management, and horse care. A hearty lunch of brisket, tortillas and beans was served.

Click here to view photos of Legacy Day activities.

Published 5/11/2016

Become an ERF Docent!

Are you interested in learning more about the Empire Ranch and sharing your knowledge with visitors to the Empire Ranch? Then join us for the next Empire Ranch Foundation Docent Training Class on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 9 am to 2:30 pm.

Volunteer docents conduct monthly tours of the Empire Ranch House that provide a general introduction to the history of the Empire Ranch, its buildings and its people. Each docent provides an average of two monthly tours annually.  Upon completion of the Docent Training Class each docent receives individual tour training.

If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer docent, please let us know by July 3rd, by calling (888) 364-2829, or by emailing Bobbie Young, Administrator, admin@empireranchfoundation.org

Posted May 5, 2016
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A Classic Movie for a Classic Cause

The 6th annual Western Movies at The Loft Event on August 10th features the superb, but unusual, 1951 film Westward the Women starring Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, and John McIntire  Click here for additional information.

Posted 5/4/2016


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1880’s to Steampunk

What a great time we all had – dancing, gambling, eating, drinking, auctioning and just plain FUN!!! Thank you to all who attended  “From 1880’s to Steampunk” on January 30, 2016 at the Savoy Opera House at Trail Dust Town in Tucson.  Click here to view photos of the evening.  Read about the event in the March 2016 ERF Newsletter article.


Updated 2/17/2016

Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters. Volunteer Days for hands-on preservation activities at the ranch are held generally on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, and October.  Join us for the next Volunteer Day on  Saturday, June 25th from 8am to noon. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!

Post updated 4/19/2016
Trail Ride

Spring Trail Ride

Saturday, April 2nd proved to be a picture perfect day for the Foundation’s annual trail ride!  Over 90 riders enjoyed the ride through the spectacular scenery of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.   Click here to view photos of the 2016 Trail Ride.

Updated  4/3/2016

Roundup & Open House

The 16th Annual Roundup and Open House will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Click here to view last year’s program.   Photos of the 2015 activities are available here .

Updated 2/17/2016

Your Membership Counts

ERF recently changed its membership renewal procedures. Rather than asking everyone to renew in May, from now on annual renewal will be based on the month in which a member joined. Expect to receive a renewal request one month before your membership expires. We hope this will lessen confusion and encourage membership renewals!  There are not many historic ranches left in the west and with your help we can continue to protect and preserve the Empire Ranch for future generations to enjoy.

We hope you will renew your membership or  join as new member.  To join via this website, click here. Or call 888-364-2829 to process your membership by phone.

To learn more about ongoing events at the Empire Ranch, read the March 2016 Newsletter

Posted 2/17/2016
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New Roof for Feed Barn

The work of replacing the roof on the Feed Barn/Mechanic’s Shed is finished!  The repairs and reconstruction includes hidden reinforcements to improve structural stability of the roof and walls overall and to provide adequate strength to support the large rolling door. To learn more about this project consult the November 2015  and the March 2016 newsletters.

Updated 2/17/2016
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Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale

In 2016 the Foundation’s new event, From 1880’s to Steampunk is substituting for the 2016 Western Art Show and Sale. We are taking this year to retool a wonderful event and make it even better. So, don’t be discouraged, we will be working on bringing the Empire 100 back in 2017.

Posted 12/8/2015
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