Fort Worth Westerners

Corral, Westerners International

The Corral meets the third Tuesday each month at 7 PM online via Zoom for a one-hour history presentation.

Topics include local, Texas, and Western history.
Speakers are members, local historians, and university professors.
Visitors are welcome.
If you would like to visit and need the Zoom login information, please use the contact form to request it.

Corral annual membership dues of $20/single and $30/couple are based on the calendar year and include the annual dues payable to our parent organization, Westerners International. Pay your dues online or by mailing us a check. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

The Fort Worth Westerners Corral was founded in 1965 and is the oldest of the eight active Corrals in Texas. Like the Westerners International organization, membership is open to anyone interested in Western history.

Bob Saul
Fort Worth Westerners' Sheriff
(does what a president does)

Phillip Williams
Fort Worth Westerners' Representative
(works as the representative for contacts with other Corrals, Posses, and the Home Ranch.)

Richard Robinson
Fort Worth Westerners' Keeper of the Chips
(does what a treasurer does)

October 17, 2023
David Beyreis

October 17, 2023: David Beyreis, "Soldier Girls: Native Women and the Wars for the Great Plains"

"Soldier Girls: Native Women and the Wars for the Great Plains"

The history of the long military contest for control of the Great Plains has been dominated by stories about famous men like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and George Armstrong Custer. Indian women rarely figure into old narratives or modern historiography. They are often ignored entirely or portrayed as victims of the violence which engulfed the region during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The standard argument is that equestrianism and raiding triggered political and socioeconomic cycles which reduced women to the status of a servile underclass valued primarily for their ability to process bison robes for trade to Euro-American entrepreneurs. Histories of the "Indian Wars" have hardly done a better job of analyzing Native women. Although these clashes were hardly an unmitigated positive for Plains Indian women, they were able to parlay conflict into the promotion of personal status and enhanced cultural prestige. As warriors, workers, and diplomats, Indian women were central to the violent struggles for the Great Plains. Any history that ignores their contributions is an incomplete narrative.

Meet David Beyreis

David Beyreis is a historian of the Great Plains and Southwest borderlands. He is the author of Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920, which received the Gaspar Perez de Villagra Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Louise Barry Writing Award from the Santa Fe Trail Association. His journal articles have received the Coke Wood Award for Best Historical Monograph or Article from the Westerners International and a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center. His book project is tentatively titled Soldier Girls: Native Women and the Wars for the Great Plains, and is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press. He teaches history and government at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a member of Fort Worth Westerners.