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)

April 16, 2024
Dr. Colt Chaney

April 16, 2024: Dr. Colt Chaney, "Quanah Parker: Divided Loyalties"

"Quanah Parker: Divided Loyalties"

Quanah Parker provides an example of the changing times in which many Native American tribes lived and how they were able to adapt. Parker was influential and learned how to move between Comanche culture and the white culture that swept in from the east. He refers to Indians as "his people," yet embraces the white way and encourages other Indians to do the same. What we find in studying Parker is a person who was able to thrive in two different worlds, maintaining loyalties to both. Parker raided Mexican and American settlements and fought encroachment on his land. Yet, he later worked hand in hand with outsiders to provide the best deal moving forward, for himself and the tribe, against the same people he had fiercely fought years before. Examining his past and Comanche culture provides clues to his success in navigating the new reality he faced.

Meet Dr. Colt Chaney

Dr. Colt Chaney is a history professor at Dallas College Mountain View Campus. He is an Oklahoma native. In his college days, he trained horses and participated in team roping events at the amateur and professional levels. He received his Masters and PhD degrees in US History from Oklahoma State University. His areas of interest are Native American, US West, and Public History. His dissertation is on Native American representation in film (Westerns primarily) from 1950-1970. Dr. Chaney taught history at Murray State College in Oklahoma and Tyler Junior College prior to his current position at Dallas College.