Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations for class of 2012

Jul 22, 2011
by WLJ

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2012 MCHF induction round. In 2012,

MCHF & WHC will honor inductees who made their mark in Montana between 1880 and 1980, no matter the year of death or closure. Nominees can be men, women, ranches, stage coach lines, animals, hotels, etc.—anyone or anything that has made an impact on Montana’s western heritage.

Past inductees have in cluded historical figures such as Sitting Bull, Evelyn Cameron, the N Bar N Ranch, Charles M. Russell, Plenty Coups, Granville Stuart, Nelson Story, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Alice Greenough, the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Fannie Sperry Steele, Frank Bird Linderman and the Vigilantes of Montana. Full biographies of all in ductees from 2008-2010 are available online at www. (2011 inductee bios coming soon).

An unlimited number of nominations may be submitted from each of the MCHF & WHC’s 12 statewide districts of which one living inductee and two legacy (non-living) inductees will be chosen from votes cast by the MCHF & WHC Trustees. (Visit the MCHF & WHC website for a list of the trustees and a map of the 12 districts of the MCHF & WHC.) This is the second year MCHF & WHC will induct living historical figures and the fifth year of honoring legacy inductees.

Anyone with an interest in Montana’s history and western heritage is invited to submit a nomination. Requirements include a cover letter with details about the nominee, the submitter, and a contact person or next of kin for the nominee; a two-page-orless computer-generated document detailing the nominee’s background and contributions to Montana’s western heritage (in hard copy and CD copy); and a copy-ready photo if available. Please contact MCHF & WHC at 406/653-3800 for full details about submission requirements. All nomination documents must be postmarked by Dec. 15, 2011.

The 2012 Class of the MCHF & WHC will be announced by press release in June of 2012. Next of kin or an establishment representing the award recipient will receive an MCHF & WHC certificate and will be invited to be recognized at the 2013 Annual “Circle the Wagons” Gathering. — WLJ

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