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)

June 18, 2024
Michael R. Grauer

June 18, 2024: Michael R. Grauer, "Truth, Myths, and Consequences: Adobe Walls at 150"

"Truth, Myths, and Consequences: Adobe Walls at 150"

The second Battle of Adobe Walls occurred on June 27, 1874. 2024 is the sesquicentennial of this critical event that set off a chain reaction across the Southern Plains and precipitated the Red River War. This presentation will look at the "Truth, Myths, and Consequences" of the second Battle of Adobe Walls.

Meet Michael R. Grauer

Michael R. Grauer is the McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grauer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history from the University of Kansas; the Master of Arts in art history from Southern Methodist University; and the Master of Arts in history from West Texas A&M University.

He began his career at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1984 and has been a museum curator for 36 years. From 1987 to 2018 he was curator of art and Western heritage at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, at Canyon, Texas, the largest history museum in Texas. He has curated over 160 exhibitions on Western art, culture, and history, authored over 75 publications, and appeared in ten documentaries in the US and in Germany.

Mr. Grauer taught art history and Western American Studies at West Texas A&M University from 1999 to 2017. He was the University of Kansas Kress Foundation Department of Art History's distinguished alumnus for 2012. In September 2021, his book Making a Hand: The Art of H. D. Bugbee received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Western Art Book for 2020. He was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame at Dodge City, Kansas, as Cowboy Historian for 2021. He was image editor and contributor of two essays for the forthcoming volume from Texas A&M University Press, Making the Unknown Known: Women in Early Texas Art, 1860s-1960s.

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