The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will soon be celebrating its 51st anniversary at a black-tie event on April 21. Founded in 1955, the museum is one of the country’s leading institutions that centers on the rich culture, art, and history of the American West. It houses several exhibits and collections of art and artifacts and encourages guests to learn more about the history and cultures of this area.
During the celebration, the museum will host the Western Heritage Awards and honor several artists in the fields of Western art, photography, literature, film, music, and television. Award winners will receive a “Wrangler” bronze sculpture of a cowboy riding on a horseback.
Awardees during the ceremony will include Thomas Fox Averill for the Western novel, Rode; Paul L. Hedron for the nonfiction book, Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country; J. Don Cook for the photography book, Shooting from the Hip: Photographs and Essays; Ronny Light and R.J. Vandygriff for an original composition, “Keep the Campfire A Burnin”; and Larry Levinson and David S. Cass Sr. for the television feature film, Love’s Christmas Journey.
Tickets for the Western Heritage Awards are now available for $145 for members and $175 for nonmembers.