The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association’s (ERHOF) goal is to found a permanent Hall of Fame museum of rodeo history in Ellensburg, open to community members and on a year-round basis. We aim to do this by forging a partnership and co-locating in rented or purchased space.
Towards this end, ERHOF has collected hundreds of photographs, posters, jewelry, prize buckles, programs, costumes, saddles, films, programs and many other historical artifacts from the Ellensburg Rodeo donated by local and national competitors, participants, volunteers, and their families.
The John Clymer Museum and Gallery, 416 N. Pearl, in downtown Ellensburg, is now the site of many ERHOF activities. ERHOF Board members moved their valuable 350-cubic foot collection of historic rodeo records, publications, and artifacts into a new archive in the Clymer Museum’s spacious upstairs. ERHOF has staged two themed rodeo history exhibits–“Ellensburg Rodeo Icons” and “Ellensburg Rodeo Specialty Acts”–in the Clymer Museum’s McGiffin Room and will mount a new 3-month exhibit next July. In addition to the McGiffin Room, ERHOF maintains a display in the Clymer’s north window and a large wall and cabinet display featuring John and Doris Clymer’s ranch and rodeo connections and rotating ERHOF pictures, posters, and artifacts. ERHOF also displays its collection at the Ellensburg Rodeo’s Driver House headquarters and the rodeo’s Western Village each rodeo weekend.