Western Heritage Awards 2019 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

Clark McEntire (1927 – 2004)

George McJunkin (1851 – 1922)

Hall of Great Western Performers

Kevin Costner

Howard Keel (1919 – 2014)

Chester A. Reynolds Award

Dave Stamey

Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Martin Murphey

Film & Television

Fictional Drama

“A Monster is Among Us”, Yellowstone, S1, E7, starring Kevin Costner, directed and written by Taylor Sheridan, produced by Paramount Network

Western Lifestyle Programming

Red Steagall is Somewhere West of Wall Street, starring Red Steagall, produced by West of Wall Street Film Company

Theatrical Motion Picture

Ballad of Buster Scruggs starring Tim Blake Nelson, directed and written by Ethan and Joel Coen, produced by Netflix


UmoNhoN Iye The Omaha Speaking, directed and written by Brigitte Timmerman, produced by Range Films, LLC


Western Novel

The Hunger by Alma Katsu, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Nonfiction Book

The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes by Andrew Gulliford, published by Texas A&M University Press

Art/Photography Book

Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks – The Story of Knapp Ranch, by Betsy Knapp, Bud Knapp, and Sarah Chase Shaw, Photography by Todd Winslow Pierce, published by Knapp Press

Juvenile Book

Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas, published by Sleeping Bear Press

Magazine Article

“Long Live the King” Western Horseman, by Christine Hamilton, Ross Hecox, and Susan Morrison, published Ernie King

Poetry Book

Landscapes, with Horses by Mark Sanders, illustrated by Charles D. Jones, published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press


Original Western Composition

“Frontier Symphony” recording artists Jeff Lippencott with the Ligonier Festival Orchestra, composed by Jeff Lippencott

Traditional Western Album

Sunset on the Rio Grande Revisited, recording artist Syd Masters

New Horizon

“I’ll Ride Thru It” recording artist Deanna McCall, produced by Randy Huston and Jim Jones