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Mini-Roundup in LINCOLN NM - APRIL 7

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Billy the Kid – Lincoln County War

Lincoln, NM  Saturday April 7th, 2018









Speakers and Events


Drew Gomber – The Kid and the Lincoln County War

Roy Young – Frank Stewart and the Chase and Capture of Billy the Kid at Stinking Springs

Kurt House – The Frank Stewart Presentation Pistol

Elise Gomber (Professional Actor) - “Caroline Dolan – My Life with Jimmy Dolan”

Mark Gardner (Author of To Hell on a Fast Horse:  Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West) - The Escape and Death of Billy the Kid


Field Trip to Tunstall Murder Site


Non-members welcome!

San Juan Historic Church - Lincoln

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July 18-21, 2018, Springfield MO



Wild Bill Hickok threatens the friend of Davis Tutt after defeating Tutt in a duel, July 21, 1865 in Springfield. Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1867
Wild West History Association 11th Annual Roundup Springfield, Missouri July 18-21, 2018 Host Hotel: Oasis Hotel and Convention Center 2546 North Glenstone Ave. (417) 866-5253; (888) 532-4338
J. B. Hickok, James-Younger Gang, Earp Brothers, Belle Starr, Davis Tutt, Blount Brothers, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Border Wars, Allen Parmer, Quantrill Field Trips, Panel Discussions, Cowboy Poetry & Storytelling, and More

Wild West History Association is proud to announce the legendary Sons of the Pioneers will be appearing in concert at the Springfield Roundup "Boots & Spurs" Banquet, Saturday July 21, 2018.  Start time is still tentative but will be approximately 8:00 p.m. and last about one and half hours.


The Sons of the Pioneers are synonymous with the ultimate in Cowboy music.  For decades the premier western singing group has musically painted unforgettable images and stories of horses, cattle, cowboys, “night herds”, tall timber, cool water, canyons and prairies.  Their original songs like “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, “Cool Water” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” are classics forever entwined into the lore and mystique of the American West.  Both “Tumbleweeds” and “Cool Water” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


First started by Roy Rogers and the gifted songwriters Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer the group garnered national and international fans through appearances  in almost 100 western films during the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.  Numerous albums were recorded under contracts with Decca, Columbia, RCA and others.  The group provided songs for several John Ford westerns including the soundtrack for “The Searchers” starring John Wayne.  When television came along they regularly appeared on the Roy Rogers Show and had guest appearances on such programs as the Barbara Mandrell Show.   Walt Disney called upon the Pioneers to supply the soundtrack for the film “Pecos Bill”. They were the first cowboy musical group to perform at Carnegie Hall and the first[ to headline in Las Vegas casinos.


The current group’s configuration is part of a continuous and uninterrupted 80 year existence in which they have accumulated more coveted honors and awards than anyone in Western music. The group has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame among others.  The Smithsonian Institute named them as “National Treasures”.


The Pioneers are known around the world for their unique three and four part harmonies.  According to their “trail boss”, Tommy Nallie who joined the group in the 1980's,  “Every concert is pure Cowboy music packed with our timeless hits, solid western swing and a good measure of comedy and banter.  Each of the five members share the vocals and instrumentals.”   Part of the hallmark sound comes from acoustic fiddles, mandolin, upright bass, and lead and rhythm guitars.


Roy Young, Roundup Chair, and Dennis Garstang, Roundup Co-Chair, said, “The Pioneers are legends in the field of Western music.  We are definitely excited about having them.  We’re gonna have lots of fun."


The concert will be free to all Roundup attendees who pay for the Boots & Spurs Banquet either as part of the full Roundup fees or as a separate fee for a spouse or guest who does not otherwise attend all of the Roundup.  The program will not be open to the general public.


Registration materials and other Roundup information will be mailed with the March Journal and Saddlebag Newsletter.

Springfield Roundup Itinerary

WWHA is pleased to announce the speakers/programs/bus tours/and other highlights of our

11th Annual WWHA Roundup.  Below is the short version of activities:


Tuesday, July 17th:

Board members and other early arrivals check in

Board members and speakers reception


Wednesday, July 18th:

Annual Board Meeting

Roundup Registration Opens

Vendor Setup

Opening Reception: light food, snacks, cash bar

Keynote Speaker - Jack DeMattos


Thursday, July 19th:

Michael Wallis - "Belle Starr in Missouri"

Erik Wright - "The Tutt-Everett War"

Bill O'Neal - "Wild Bill Hickok: Prince of Pistoleers"

Nancy Samuelson - "The Pool Brothers: C.C., Dave & John"


Roy B. Young - "Allen Parmer, Brother-in-Law of the James Boys"

Jean Smith - "The Blount Brothers of Missouri"

Donna Harrell - "The James & Younger Brothers vs. Pinkertons"

John Sellars - "Jacob Painter, Springfield Gunsmith"

Mary Johnson - "Laura Ingalls Wilder and How the West Was Settled"

Evening Panel:  Gary Roberts, Casey Tefertiller, Roy B. Young -

"The Earp Brothers: Lamar, Missouri; Peoria, Illinois; Fort Smith/VanBuren, Arkansas; Cherokee Nation/Indian Territory"


Friday, July 20th:

Hickok-Tutt Gunfight Site with John Sellars and Bill O'Neal

Davis Tutt Grave with Gerald "Doc Shores" Schaefer

Bass Pro - NRA Musuem, lunch and shopping

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum

Evening Session:  3rd Annual Cowboy Poets, Storytellers & Musicians


Saturday, July 21st:

Annual Business Meeting, Jim Dunham, WWHA President presiding

"The Last Roundup" Memorial for members deceased since last meeting

James A. Bailey - "Outlaw Clell Miller...."

Pat Parsons - "Andrew Jackson Potter"

3rd Annual Gunfighters Session: Kurt House and "Doc Shores" presiding

Chuck Parsons, program

Annual Gunfighters Luncheon

"Boots & Spurs" Banquet, Auctions, Awards, Cheyenne Roundup Preview

Sons of the Pioneers concert


All Roundup materials will be included in the March mailing of the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag: registration form, vendor applications, advertising rate sheet, other promotional materials.


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