01-17-18 CO’s Jim Odle and Phillip Anschutz to receive 2018 Western Heritage Awards

Western Heritage Awards – April 13 – 14, 2018

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 a Wrangler, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback representing an iconic symbol of American West determination, persistence, and pride. The 2018 Western Heritage Awards is unique in that the Museum will also honor Philip Anschutz with the inaugural Western Visionary Award.


Presenting Sponsors:
Pitchfork Cattle Company, LLC
Major Sponsor:
Museum Partners                                                Major Support
Community Partners
 Adventure District   

The National Cowboy & Western  Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art, and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum, located in Oklahoma City, collects, preserves, and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s magnificent work, The End of the Trail. The exhibition wing houses a turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, Victorian firearms, frontier military, and Western performers. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens flank the Children’s Cowboy Corral and interactive children’s space.

From fine art, pop culture, and firearms to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping, and dining, the Museum tells America’s story as it unfolds across the West.

MISSION STATEMENT The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.

To learn more please visit https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/about-the-museum/