Western Heritage Awards

April 21 – 22, 2017

The Museum’s Western Heritage Awards was established in 1961 as the pinnacle commemoration of the American West by honoring the legacy of men and women for their works in literature, music, film, and television. The evening includes the induction of individuals into the Hall of Great Western Performers and the Hall of Great Westerners who made extraordinary contributions to shaping the American West’s rich heritage. The evening continues with the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award presentation named after the Museum’s founder, given to an individual for their unwavering commitment to the American West’s future. All award recipients receive The Wrangler, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback representing an iconic symbol of American West determination, persistence, and pride.


Western Heritage Awards reservations are now closed.

Western Heritage Awards Autograph Session

April 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Western Heritage Awards Cocktail Reception, The Museum Store hosts an Autograph Session with this year’s literature, film, television, and music honorees. Books, CDs, and DVDs will be available for signing while you meet and mingle with the authors and artists. Cost to attend included in the Cocktail Reception ticket.



Western Heritage Awards Workshop
April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
New this year, the Museum is excited to announce the Western
Heritage Awards Workshop featuring Amy Shepherd, Vice President of John Wayne Enterprises and Executive Director of John R. Hamilton Archives, and Laurie Kratochvil, photography dealer and appraiser.The pair brings an exciting and eclectic presentation to the Museum for all ages to enjoy. Shepherd’s unique experience with John Wayne Enterprises and Kratochvil’s long-time record of working for prominent magazines such as The Rolling Stone and In Style Magazine are sure to captivate the broadest of interests.
Free to the public with Museum admission.


Jackson Clark III (2)Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

April 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To enhance the Western Heritage Awards, third-generation trader Jackson Clark II, owner of the respected Toh-Atin Gallery, showcases more than 100 dazzling colors, patterns, and craftsmanship in contemporary and antique weavings ranging in value from $100 to $10,000.

At any time during the Silent Auction, individuals may purchase a rug at 20% over the minimum if it does not have an earlier bid. Proceeds from the sale support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. No advanced registration is required. Free admission and open to the public.



Presenting Sponsor:

Ann & David Brown


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Made possible in part by our members of the Western Heritage Society





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