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Museum collection closes temporarily for cleaning

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Roswell Museum and Art Center’s exhibition “West of Beyond: The Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West” will be closed temporarily, today until Jan. 24, for cleaning and conservation.

Donated by Rogers Aston, the Aston Collection of the American West is one of the most popular and historically significant aspects of the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s holdings. An independent oil producer, rancher, sculptor and philanthropist, Aston developed a keen interest in the West during time spent on his family’s various ranches.

“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 more than 2,000 artifacts and works of art, the exhibit is arranged into five thematic clusters that stress cultural change and interaction over time: family and community, spirit, farming and ranching, trade and exchange, and war and conquest.

The museum staff looks forward to the reopening of the exhibition Jan. 25 with a few new items installed. All other galleries in the museum will remain open during the Aston project.

For more information or questions, call RMAC at 575-624-6744.

The museum is located at 1011 N. Richardson Ave., just north of the Roswell Convention Center.