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PRESS RELEASE - July 15, 2011

Media Contacts:
Christy Stensland, Executive Director, (406) 653-3800, CStensland@montanacowboyfame.com 

Aaron Lyles, Director of Finance, (406) 600-8231,                  ALyles@montanacowboyfame.com

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations for Class of 2012 

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2012 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. In 2012, the 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 included 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 inductees from 2008-2010 are available online at http://www.montanacowboyfame.com (2011 inductee bios coming soon).

An unlimited number of nominations may be submitted from each of the MCHF & WHC’s 12 state-wide 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 twelve districts of the MCHF & WHC.) This is the second year the 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-or-less 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 the MCHF & WHC at (406) 653-3800 for full details about submission requirements. All nomination documents must be postmarked by December 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 a MCHF & WHC certificate and will be invited to be recognized at the 2013 Annual “Circle the Wagons” Gathering.