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Meet the Authors in Luling, TX


The 10th annual "Meet the Authors" in Luling, Texas held at the historic Central Texas Oil Patch Museum.  Co-sponsored by the Oil Museum and the Friends of the J.B. Nickells Memorial Library, on Saturday March 22 from 11:00 - 3:00 p.m. One of the authors participating this year is Bill O'Neal, the official State of Texas Historian.  He will be "highlighting"   The Johnson-Sims Feud: Romeo and Juliet West Texas Style. Norman Wayne Brown and Chuck Parsons will also be participating with their biography of John Wesley Hardin as well as Brown's Early Settlers on the Panhandle Plains, co-authored with Sarah Bellian, who will also be participating.

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


Sweetwater Outlaw Symposium Slated for June 2014 Seeks Speakers



Editor's Note:  The following announcement was received via email.



Speakers wanted


The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River, WY is planning a two-day outlaw history symposium for June 12-14, 2014 which will include both a day of speakers and a field trip to nearby Browns Park.


We are currently in the process of developing the program sessions and are requesting proposals from researchers/presenters. We are particularly interested in new research in outlaw history of the Rocky Mountain West. We anticipate the program having four regular sessions with either one speaker, or a panel presenting in a traditional setting. Sessions should be about 1 hour in length with 30 minutes allowed for questions and discussion. Proposals should include a brief biography of the speaker, a synopsis of the program, and the presenter’s requirements for fees and travel expense. Please submit to Ruth Lauritzen at swchm@sweetwater.net by November 8, 2013.




By Carroll D. Moore


The sixth annual awards were presented by President Potter at the WWHA Roundup luncheon in Boise.  This was the second year of the new “Six-Shooter” name for the awards.


Six-Shooter Award for Best Book of the Year –
This year’s winner was Rick Miller of Texas for his book titled Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion 1874-1881.  Rick graciously donated his $500 cash prize back to WWHA.  Regrettably, Rick was unable to be present for the presentation of his plaque.


Six-Shooter Award for Outstanding Article in a general western publication -

Jeff Broome of Colorado was named the winner in this category.  His article titled “Wild Bill’s Brawl with Two of Custer’s Troopers” was published in the December 2012 issue of Wild West magazine. Jeff received a $250 cash award and a plaque.


Six-Shooter Award for Outstanding Article in a historical/scholarly publication –

John Boessenecker of California was the winner of the best article in this category.  His article titled “Peter Gabriel-Gunfighting Lawman of the Southwestern Frontier” was published in the Spring 2012 issue of Journal of Arizona History.  John was awarded $250 and a plaque.


Six-Shooter Award for Outstanding WWHA Journal Article -
Ann E. Collier from California was the winner in this category.  Her article titled “Big Nose Kate and Mary Katherine Cummings, Same Person, Different Lives” appeared in the October 2012 issue.

She received a $250 award and a plaque.


Six-Shooter Award for Best Non-Literary Achievement –
Mark Lee Gardner from Colorado was the recipient of this award for his CD of Songs and Ballads titled Outlaws, Songs of Robbers, Rustlers and Rogues. He received a $250 award and a plaque.


Six-Shooter Award for Best Non-Literary Achievement (Corporate) –
Booth Western Art Museum of Cartersville, GA was named corporate winner for outstanding contribution to western history.  This museum offers outstanding galleries of art and objects themed toward American western history.  Jim Dunham, Director of Special Projects, accepted the award on behalf of the museum.


The President’s Silver Star Award -
Ron Ligon from Tennessee was this year’s recipient of the prestigious award presented by WWHA President Pam Potter.  This award was given in recognition of Ron’s many acts of service and financial support for WWHA, specifically acknowledging Ron’s efforts to establish the Patron Partners “Gunfighter” level of membership for the Association.  Ron was surprised to see his wife, Marty, son and daughter-in-law, Sandy & Susan Ligon, and special friends, Tom and Charlotte Cone from Tennessee who came to see him receive this honor.


Six-Shooter Award for Lifetime Contributions –
We also celebrate the winner of this year’s award contribution to western history.  This special honor was conferred on Roy B. Young of Oklahoma by President Potter at the Saturday evening banquet.  Roy was acknowledged for his service as WWHA Journal editor and his years of research, writings, and speaking about the characters and events of wild west history.


Our special appreciation and congratulations are extended to each of these winners for their accomplishments and deserved recognition.


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