Upcoming Programs

Scheduled for the Fort Worth Westerners.


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.


July 16, 2024
Doug Hocking

July 16, 2024: Doug Hocking, "Southwest Train Robberies: Hijacking the Tracks Along the Southern Corridor"

"Southwest Train Robberies: Hijacking the Tracks Along the Southern Corridor"

There were no less than 16 train robberies along the southern corridor between Yuma and El Paso. Almost all of them come back one way or another to Cochise County where the outlaws hid, came from, or were peace officers, sometimes both outlaw and peace officer. The tales are often amusing.

Meet Doug Hocking

Doug Hocking has completed advanced studies in American history, ethnology, and historical archaeology. Raised on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, Doug retired from the US Army after serving in military intelligence and as an officer in armored cavalry. He is the author of many award-winning books of Southwest history including: Southwest Train Robberies; Terror on the Santa Fe Trail: Kit Carson and the Jicarilla Apache; Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise; and The Black Legend: George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars, about the Bascom Affair.

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