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Western Heritage Awards – A Look Back

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Western Heritage Awards. The ceremony honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television and film that share the great stories of the American West.

We have honored and had the honor to invite some amazing people to the WHA. Let’s scroll down memory lane and look at some of the greats that have graced our Museum. Let’s start in 1961.

Clint Eastwood – 1961

John Wayne – 1965

Burt Reynolds – 1971

Barbara Stanwyck – 1973

Garth Brooks – 1991

Sam “Quality Mustache” Elliott – 1992

James Garner – 1996

Tommy Lee Jones – 1997

Tom Selleck – 2002

Temple Grandin – 2012

Kevin Costner – 2019

You – 2027

If you love The West and want to share its stories, do it. Write about it. Sing about it. Make movies and TV about it. And then share it with the world. Can’t wait to see you on stage at a future Western Heritage Awards.

Western Heritage Awards Panel Discussion
September 18, 11:00 am

The Museum will host a panel discussion and workshop on Saturday, September 18, both of which are open to the public and free to Museum members or with Museum admission. The panel discussion will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the famed End of the Trail sculpture and will offer visitors a chance to interact with Robert Duvall, Barry Corbin, Bruce Boxleitner and Patrick Wayne.

Western Heritage Awards Workshop
September 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Members of the Chickasaw Nation will discuss the differences in producing a feature film versus a documentary. This workshop will show clips from two films, Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher and Montford Johnson: An Original Brand. Montford T. Johnson is a 2020 Hall of Great Westerners inductee.

Western Heritage Awards Live on the Wrangler Network
Friday 17, Awards Luncheon, 12:00 pm
Saturday 18, Induction Ceremony, 6:00 pm

Need we say more? It’s the next best thing to being in the room. Be sure to tune-in for the Friday Awards Luncheon and Saturday Induction Ceremony; it’s the same link for both events.

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