Western Heritage Award -
Annual ceremony held by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage
Museum located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The event honors winners
in 15 categories of literature, film, television and music. In
1960, the first Western Heritage Award event was emceed by movie and
TV actor Dale Robertson. At the time, the organization was
called The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center.
Winners of the WHA have included such distinguished writers, actors, producers, and
directors as Louis L’Amour, Frank Dobie, N. Scott Momaday, John
Wayne, Clint Eastwood, James Stewart, Bill Kurtis, Hugh Downs, Tom
Selleck, Sam Elliott, John Ford, and Jack Palance.
A 'Wrangler' statuette (an original bronze by artist John Free) is
awarded to each winner in a variety of categories. The literary
category includes winners of the most outstanding, book, magazine
article, poem, short story or western novel. Other categories honored
are outstanding western composition, outstanding traditional western
album, fiction television drama, theatrical motion pictures and
There is also a Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award named after the
founder of the museum. Established in 1990, the award is
bestowed upon a living person who embodies the traits set forth by
the Museum's board of directors.
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