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)

November 21, 2023
Tim Bowman

November 21, 2023: Tim Bowman, "The Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1921-1941: Myth, Historical Preservation, and Regional Identity"

"The Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1921-1941: Myth, Historical Preservation, and Regional Identity"

In the spring of 1921, West Texas State Normal College historian Hattie M. Anderson founded the first professional historical association in the Texas Panhandle, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society (PPHS). Inspired by what was then considered to be cutting-edge historical theory, Anderson and her colleagues set out to collect historical artifacts as well as to record interviews with the last of the Panhandle's generation of nineteenth-century pioneer ranchers, in order to ensure that local lessons of democracy, self-reliance, and rugged individualism be remembered by future generations. PPHS efforts at historical preservation were so successful that they culminated with the opening of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in 1933, one of the first (and now, the biggest) history museums in the state. This presentation traces the early work of the PPHS from 1921 through U.S. entry into World War Two, in order to examine the role of western history and the preservation of historic artifacts in the shaping of regional identity in the Texas Panhandle.

Meet Tim Bowman

Tim Bowman is professor of history and head of the Department of History at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. He is the author of Blood Oranges: Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2016), and You Will Never Be One of Us: A Teacher, a Texas Town, and the Rural Roots of Radical Conservatism (University of Oklahoma Press, 2022), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is co-author, with Marty Kuhlman, of a forthcoming book, tentatively titled The People's Museum: A History of the PPHM, from which this presentation is based.