SASS Season Celebration
SASS Wild West Christmas will take place December 4-8, 2013 in Branson, Missouri. Our First VP Jim Dunham will be doing two programs on Friday and then repeating the same on Saturday. The first is titled “The Real West” and the second is called “The Reel West.” The focus of the former will be outlaws and gunfights connected to the border states following the Civil War. We will include Wild Bill’s killing of Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO. The second seminar will be on movies and TV programs that featured gunfights as themes. Other WWHA members, like Sherry Monahan, will be doing programs, as well.
Sweetwater Outlaw Symposium Slated for June 2014 Seeks Speakers
Editor's Note: The following announcement was received via email.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by November 8, 2013.
THE 2013 AWARD WINNERS HONORED
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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