Western Heritage Awards 2017 Winners

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.



Hall of Great Westerners

Harold T. Holden

Raymond E. Adams, Jr. (1931-2009)

Hall of Great Western Performers

Patrick Wayne

Alan Ladd (1913-1964)

Chester A. Reynolds Award

Johnny Trotter

Film & Television

Fictional Drama

“Chrysalis”, Longmire, S5, E3

Western Lifestyle Programming

“Red Steagall is Somewhere West of Wall Street,” West of Wall Street Film Company, LLC production.

Theatrical Motion Picture

Hell or High Water produced by Film 44, OddLot Entertainment, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment


What Was Ours produced by Alpheus Media, Inc.


Western Novel

Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack by Robert Knott, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Nonfiction Book

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores, published by University Press of Kansas

Art/Photography Book

Pure Quill: Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve by Susan Hallsten McGarry, published by SF Design, LLC/Fresco Books

Juvenile Book

The Green Colt by S. J. Dahlstrom, published by Paul Dry Books

Magazine Article

“Warriors to Ride the River With” American Cowboy by Gabriella  Schiavino, published by American Cowboy Magazine

Poetry Book

The Woman Who Married a Bear: Poems by Tiffany Midge, published by  University of New Mexico Press


Original Western Composition

“Keeper of the West” by Ryan Fritz, produced by Eli Barsi & John Cunningham

Traditional Western Album

The Cowboy Way

Music Trio: Doug Figgs, Jim Jones, and Mariam

Produced by: Mariam Funke

New Horizons

Trinity Seely