Current Award Winners

Westerners International announced the 2016 award winners in the October/Fall 2017 issue of the Buckskin Bulletin. Awards were given out at the Westerners Reception during the Western History Association conference in San Diego, California, November 2, 2017. Congratulations to all of this year's winners and thanks to the many members who submitted entries!

2016 Award Winners

Co-Founders “Best Book” Award
1st Place: Glen Sample Ely, The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861 (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)

2nd Place: Charlotte Hinger, Nicodemus: Post Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice in Western Kansas (Norman Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)

The "Coke" Wood Award
1st Place: Kevin McReady, "The Story of Montana's Fur-Bearing Trout"
Member of Northwest Montana Posse

2nd Place: Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D."Sports at the Forts"
Member of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners

3rd Place: Janolyn G. Lo Vecchio, B.S. Ed,
"Dr. Clara Schell: Pioneer Arizona Territory Optometrist, Suffragette, and Community Leader" Member of the Adobe Corral, Tucson, AZ

The Philip A. Danielson Award
1st Place: “Life and Times of Tom Jeffords,” Cochise County Corral

2nd Place:“Sheriff Big Joe Nanger and Shootout at McCarthyville,” Northwest Montana Posse, Kalispell, MT

3rd Place: “A Historical Perspective of the Westerners – Who, When, Where, How and Why,” Denver Posse

The Heads Up Award
Top Foreign Corral: “English Westerners Society” of London, England
Top Small Corral: “Jedediah Smith Corral” of Hot Springs, South Dakota
Top Large Corral: “Los Angeles Westerners Corral” of San Gabriel, California

The Fred Olds Western Poetry Award
1st Place: Gary Turner, LA Corral, for five poems in Westerners Los Angeles Corral Cowboy Poetry Keepsake: "Bucking Horse and Bronc Rider,” "Cowboy Reality," "One Bad Bull," “The New Hat Band,” and “The Three-Legged Pig”

2nd Place: Tim Heflin, LA Corral, for two poems in Los Angeles Corral Cowboy Poetry Keepsake “The Sage of the Store” and “Coso, the Clamper Jackass”

Westerners International Scholarship Award
Ashley Wilson, Graduate Student, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Corral sponsor: Triple R Corral

Annual Awards