Westerners International

Welcome to Westerners International

WHAT IS A WESTERNER?

This is a club like no other that I know of. Instead of chapters we have “corrals” or “posses.” There are no presidents or other such officers. The designated leader of each corral is the Sheriff and the other officers are Deputy Sheriff, Keeper of the Chips, Recorder of the Marks and Brands, Chuck Wrangler, Inkslinger and so on. We begin each gathering with a ritual salute: “Hello Joe, you old buffalo!” addressed to some depiction of a buffalo skull (ours is painted on a leather scroll), the origin of which is lost to the mists of time. Read More 

You may have guessed by now that the organization was started by a few homesick souls from the western part of the country who found themselves stranded on the shores of Lake Michigan in decidedly mid-western Chicago, and wanting to maintain their birthright, founded the group in 1944 on a lark.  Two of these, Leland Case and Troy Parker, had roots in South Dakota and it wasn’t long before groups around the country started asking permission to establish their own corrals.

I’ve enjoyed the monthly get-togethers to learn about various—and often obscure—aspects of western history.  I have even on occasion, visited other corrals during my travels and am always, of course, welcomed with typical western hospitality.

Some corrals have websites, some even publish, but most are much more informal. Ironically some of the largest and most active corrals are located outside of the United States.

Westerners International, which is a foundation, enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the Western History Association, a much more conventional organization of professional historians which sponsors a fairly substantial annual history conference.  Westerners traditionally sponsors a reception at the conference where members from across the country get a chance to salute Old Joe together, witness the presenting of our annual awards and bid on donated books on a western theme to help pay for the awards.

Eventually the founding fathers scattered from Chicago and the headquarters, called the Home Ranch, landed in Tucson, Arizona, where Leland Case had retired, and stayed for many years.  Today it is headquartered – appropriately – in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

If you are interested in perpetuating both the myth and the reality of the Old West you may want to locate a corral near you and join up.  There is very little demanded of members other than extremely modest annual dues and the obligation to participate occasionally in the western hospitality of monthly meetings where you are sure to know more after attending than you did going in.

By Shebby Lee, past Sheriff
Black Hills Corral, Rapid City, SD

Mission Statement

To encourage and promote interest and research in the history of the American West.

Upcoming Events & News


Fall Board Meeting


FALL FULL BOARD MEETING,
ANNUAL RECEPTION AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Western History Association Meeting
October 20-23, 2016
St Paul, Minnesota

Westerners Board Members Please Attend!

Westerners International will have an important meeting at 3:30, Friday, October 21st, in Kellogg I at the WHA conference. This may be the most important event for WI in the past 30 years. We will be relocating our Home Ranch. But where? The Full Board of Westerners International hopes to know at the end of Friday, October 21st. It will be helpful if members of the Full Board attend. We have not always had a quorum. We expect proposals for relocation from a handful of corrals by early October and will present each proposal at this board meeting.

PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING!



Award Reception

Westerners International Awards Reception & Book Auction

The Award winners for last year’s completion are recognized each year at our Westerners’ Reception and Book Auction at the Western History Conference. It is always a fun and relaxing experience for Westerners and their guests. We are inviting all Westerners and prospective Westerners to join us for this highlight of our year. It’s a celebration of the accomplishments of our members that always extends beyond the time allocated. No one wants to leave early. It begins Friday at 4:30 in Kellogg I, immediately after our board meeting.  Come join us.


Winter Board Meeting



A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL MEMBERS


WESTERNERS MUST RELOCATE!


2014 Award Winners

2015 WESTERNERS INTERNATIONAL
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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