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Family Fun in Wyoming

Families enjoy the
Gallery of Gunfighters at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.  How many gunslingers can you name?

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Your board enjoyed real Western hospitality at board member Kurt House's Mission Sin Caja in Three Rivers, Texas.  More pictures will be in the spring Saddlebag.

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The annual WWHA Convention recognized the following award winners and those receiving service awards at the meeting in Golden, CO.  This year was the first time to recognize two Lifetime contributions recipients.  They are:

Robert K. DeArment and Robert G. McCubbin for their Lifetime contributions to writing, collecting and advancing the history of the Wild West.

A new award, the First International Award, was given to Fred Nolan of England.  President Pam Potter presented the Silver Star Award to Tom Todd for his many acts of service to WWHA.

Mark Lee Gardner received the Six-Shooter Award and a $500.00 cash prize for best book of 2013 titled  Shot to Hell: Jesse James, The Northfield Raid and The Wild West’s Greatest Escape.

Paul Lee Johnson received the Six-Shooter Award and a $250.00 cash prize for the Outstanding Article on Western History in a general western publication.  The article titled “The Will of McLaury” was published in Wild West magazine, October, 2013.

Chuck Parsons was awarded a plaque and a cash prize of $250.00 for the Best WWHA Journal Article, titled “The search for Henry J. Ware,” published in Volume 6, Number 6, December 2013.

The award for the Best Article in an Historical/Scholarly publication was presented to Joel Frandsen for his article titled “Tom Dilly Country” published in the Outlaw Trail Journal, Vernal, UT, Summer 2013.  He also received a $250.00 cash prize.

Retiring board members Dennis Garstang and Ronald S. Ligon were presented with plaques for their years of service to WWHA.

Retiring President Pam Potter was presented a plaque and gavel by new President Jim Dunham  for her service as President 2011-2014.

We congratulate all of these individuals.

OHS Receives 20,000 Lost Newspaper Pages


The Oklahoma Historical Society's John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center has received 20,000 pages of Oklahoma newspapers previously thought to have been lost to history. The unique donation of historic Oklahoma newspapers was a gift from the Kansas Historical Society after a recent inventory discovered the newspapers in its collections.


"These titles are all from before Oklahoma statehood and are a wonderful addition to the OHS newspaper archives," said Director of Research Chad Williams. New titles and issues include: Cherokee Sentinel (1894-95), Daily Optic (1889), Hennessey Courier (1890), West and South (1891) and the Yukon Weekly Courier (1891-92). Williams said, "The collection is in remarkable condition and will be digitized and added to the OHS online website 'The Gateway to Oklahoma History' where each page will be word searchable and freely available to researchers."


"The Gateway to Oklahoma History" is an online repository sponsored by the OHS and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Visiting the site allows you to browse more than 800,000 Oklahoma newspaper pages dating from the 1840s-1920s. To search the Gateway, visit http://gateway.okhistory.org. For more information, contact the OHS Research Center at 405-522-5207 or newspaper@okhistory.org.


Mike Tower, Wild West History Association

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