A piece of super exiting news may have been lost in hubbub of fair and rodeo weekend — the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame is moving into the former home of Downtown Pharmacy on Pearl Street.

The hall of fame currently has exhibit space in the Western Culture and Art Alliance, along with the Clymer Museum and the Western Art Association. The former pharmacy space is part of the Ramsey Building, which is owned by the Clymer Foundation.

The hall of fame will still be part of that local trio, but will now have the space it needs to better display its collected materials.

That section of Pearl Street will now feature the Western Culture and Art Alliance with the Clymer and Western Art exhibits, the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame and Gallery One. It basically is an art, history and cultural destination street.

Each institution draws its own crowd, but each also attract people interested in what the other institutions have to offer.

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame is getting a home because of the committed effort of a core of volunteers. It has taken a multi-year fundraising effort to get to this point. Some times when the goal is a few (or several) years out it can be hard to maintain that same level of passion and energy needed to be successful. If nothing else, the ERHOF is a story of a perseverance of passion. This effort has also received generous community support including this year’s Boxes of Fame auction. In a very real way, the artists of this community through their creations for the annual auctions have helped bring the hall of fame about as well.

It has taken a wide ranging effort to bring this about.

The hall of fame will get great addition to the downtown. From the get-go, organizers hoped to find a downtown home. It is hard to imagine a better location than that Pearl Street spot.

The hall of fame, though, is more than just a tourist traffic generator. It is important to honoring and celebrating the community’s history and culture.

The Ellensburg Rodeo and the city of Ellensburg are intertwined. Rodeos originated as competitions on the farm. With all the spectacle attached to a modern rodeo performance it can be easy to lose track of that but when you look at the rodeo’s historic photos what you see are the faces of the people who helped build this city and county.

To celebrate Ellensburg then, we need to recognize and document its rodeo and farming heritage (Threshing Bee is this weekend).

When people move here in coming years, it is possible elements of the rural heritage will be harder to find and identify.

Over the next weeks and months that space will be transformed into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. Congratulations and thanks to all who helped.

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