When the curtain rises on the 48th Annual Western Heritage Awards banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, guests will take part in one of the Museum’s hallmark events that attracts guests from across the nation. Activities over two days offer opportunities for the public to meet award-winning Western authors, musicians, television and film industry professionals and celebrity guests.
First presented in 1961, the Western Heritage Awards were established to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film and television reflect the significant stories of the American West. Each Western Heritage Award winner receives the Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback.
In addition to honoring principal creators in music, literature, television and film, the Western Heritage program also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award named in honor of the Museum’s founder.
Rancher, businesswoman and philanthropist Anne W. Marion of Texas will be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners, as will the late Frederick Jackson Turner, a historian whose thesis on the West changed the course of study for generations.
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