Shohola exhibit to show the West wasn't all that wild Shohola. Artifacts, artwork, music, and a presentation by the Zane Grey Museum celebrates the real West of the 1880s.

27 Jun 2019 | 01:49

Sharpen your spurs and hold your womenfolk close, the Wild West is coming to Shohola.
“Actually,” says event coordinator Robert Bradley, “the West is wilder now than it was in the 1800s. For example, gun control laws were stricter in Tombstone, Arizona then than they are today.”
And the West was also more culturally diverse back then. For example, Rock Springs, in Wyoming, counted as many as 56 nationalities in a population of under 10,000.
The “How the West Was Spun” event/exhibit is celebrating the real West of the 1800s, with authentic artifacts, artwork, music, and a presentation by the National Park Service/Zane Grey museum. Grey’s stories are where many of the myths about the Wild West began, so the presentation will help separate fact from fiction.
For example, believe it or not, bowlers and derbies were worn more often by early cowboys than “cowboy” hats. That was probably because those cowboy hats, often shown on Zane Grey book covers, blow off the heads of galloping horsemen much more easily than derbies.
The “How the West Was Spun” Event is taking place on July 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola.
This event is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association and made possible with the help of a grant from the Richard L Snyder Foundation, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.