The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. It is the legacy of legends.Cowgirl Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to preserve the history and impact of western women living roughly from the mid-1800s to the present -- the artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers. Today, there are 190 amazing women who have been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame since 1975.
Congratulations to the 2009 Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Inductees and to the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award Winner Former First Lady Laura Bush!
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is proud to announce Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, Kay Whittaker Young, Mary Jane Colter and Cornelia “Ninia” Wadsworth Ritchie as inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2009. Laura W. Bush will receive the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award. All five women will be honored during the 34th Annual Induction Luncheon Ceremony on October 16, 2009 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Deborah Copenhaver Fellows has long been inspired by pioneer women and ranch figures and has made important statements in bronze sculpture about the unspoken heroes, the women of the West.
Kay Whittaker Young has been riding her entire life, and began competing at the professional level at age 12. A member of several organizations, Young has sat on the board of Barrel Futurities of America since the inception of the organization.
Mary Jane Colter, (1869-1958) one of the few female architects of her era, has eleven buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and five of these buildings have been designated National Historic Landmarks.
Cornelia “Ninia” Wadsworth Ritchie is the 4th generation owner of the JA Ranch, the oldest ranch established in the Texas Panhandle, and one still in the hands of the heirs of one of the original founders.
Laura W. Bush is the 2009 recipient of the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award for decades-long service in the area of literacy.
Please make plans to join us on this exciting day!
Round-Up Inn at Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 West Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
10a.m.: Early Christmas shopping will be available at the Luncheon. For further shopping, check out the Museum's Cowgirl Gift Shop.
11:00 to 11:45 a.m.: Champagne reception and viewing of table designs.
11:45 a.m. : Luncheon
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. : Induction Ceremony
Western or Business attire.
Complimentary valet parking.
Meet and Greet Inductees and Honorees