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Western Heritage Awards

October 2 - October 3
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The Western Heritage Awards 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.

Presented by celebrity hosts, this black-tie event also honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage with their inductions into the Hall of Great Western Performers and Hall of Great Westerners as well as the presentation of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

2020 Inductees

Hall of Great Western Performers
Kurt Russell
Bing Russell (1926-2003)

Hall of Great Westerners
Montford T. Johnson (1843-1896)
Ben Houston (1929-2016)

Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award
John Scott

Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Duvall


2020 Honorees


Western Novel

The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage, written and published by Gerry Robinson

Nonfiction Book

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka Hämäliänen published by Yale University Press

Art/Photography Book

Don Weller Tracks, by Don Weller, published by Weller Institute for the Cure of Design

Juvenile Book

J is for Jackalope by Teal Blake.

Magazine Article

“If You had Fought Bravely I would have Sung for You” The Changing Roles of Cheyenne Women During Ninteenth-Century Plains Warfare, by David Beyreis, published Montana The Magazine of Western History

Poetry Book

We Make a Tiny Herd: Poems to Honor the Burro Lady of Far West Texas by Lucy Griffith, published by Main Street Rag


Original Western Composition

“Hats Off to the Cowboy” recording artist Red Steagall, composed by Red Steagall and Joe Merrick

Traditional Western Album

Shadow of a Cowboy, recording artist Andy Hedges

 New Horizon

“Desert Dwelling Mama” recording artist Adrian Brannan, produced by Craig Schumacher


Western Lifestyle Program

Cow Town, produced by Robert Burch at OETA

Theatrical Motion Picture

Deadwood: The Movie starring Timothy Olyphant, directed by Daniel Minahan, produced by HBO


Country Music, directed by Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Duncan, Burns and Julie Dunfey

Fictional Drama

“Touching Your Enemy” Yellowstone S2, E5 starring Kevin Costner, written by Taylor Sheridan


Schedule of Events

Western Heritage Cocktail Reception
Friday, April 17, 2020
Western or business casual attire
5:30 p.m. | Cocktail Reception | Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
6:00 p.m. | Autograph Session with Honorees
Member: $40 | General: $50

Western Heritage Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Western black-tie optional
5:00 p.m. | Cocktail Hour
6:00 p.m. | Dinner
Member: $155 | General: $185

Daytime Events
Free to the public with Museum admission

Friday, April 17, 2020
11:00 a.m. | Western Heritage Awards Workshop

Saturday, April 18, 2020
11:00 a.m. | Western Heritage Awards Panel Discussion


Individual tickets will go on sale March 1, 2020.

For more information, please contact Kaylia McCracken at
kmccracken@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 218

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at
triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251
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Supporting Sponsor


Promoting Sponsor

Hall Capital


Heritage Sponsors

Mr. Skylar Houston

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Jacques

Mr. Greg Kowalski

Oklahoma City CVB

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Simons

Simmons Bank

South Point Hotel and Casino

Round Up Riders of the Rockies


Inductee Sponsors

Calgary Stampede

Mr. Brent Cummings

Mr. Robert A. Funk

Nadine and Alan Levin

Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt McCrea

Mr. Bobby Norris

National Western Stock Show


Watch the 2019 Western Heritage Awards Ceremony

Past Western Heritage Award Winners

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