Singing Cowboy's museum expands, adds Native American art

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The American West, Gene Autry knew, was much more than the ridin', ropin' and singin' he enthralled audiences with in scores of movies and songs, earning the title "The Singing Cowboy." It was a point he strived to drive home when he opened a museum in Los Angeles in 1988.

Autry's vision takes a great leap forward Sunday when the Autry Museum of the American West expands to include a garden of native Western flora, as well as new galleries showcasing hundreds of Native American works, some from present day, others centuries old, many never seen publicly.

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