Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations


Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations for Class of 2016

Big Timber – The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2016 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. Every year, the MCHF & WHC honors living and historical figures that have made notable contributions to Montana’s western heritage.

“In order to identify those in Montana’s communities who are most deserving of inclusion in the Hall of Fame, we need people across the state to get involved in our nomination process,” said Christy Stensland, executive director of the MCHF & WHC. “Nominations are open to the public and can be made by anyone. We encourage all to reflect on those that have made notable contributions to our western heritage here in the great state of Montana.”

2016 will mark the sixth year the MCHF & WHC will honor living historical figures and the ninth year of honoring legacy (non-living) inductees. One living inductee and two legacy inductees from each of the MCHF & WHC’s 12 Trustee Districts will be chosen from votes cast by the MCHF & WHC Board of Trustees based on nominations from the public. Nominees are assigned to a Trustee District for consideration based on the area where their notable contributions were made.

Nominees can be men, women, ranches, stage coach lines, animals, hotels, etc.—anyone or anything that has made a notable contribution to our Montana western heritage. A full listing of inductees from 2008-2015, the 2016 Nomination Instructions, and more about the Hall of Fame induction process can be found online at If you would like to make a nomination, you must contact the MCHF & WHC at or by calling (406) 932-5444 prior to the submission deadline to express your intent to nominate. All nomination documents must be in electronic format and emailed by April 30, 2016.

The 2016 Class of the MCHF & WHC will be announced by press release by July 30, 2016. Winning inductees will be honored at the 2017 Annual Circle the Wagons Gathering.

The mission of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center is to “honor our cowboy way of life, American Indian cultures and collective Montana Western heritage.” We exist to serve as a resource to all who wish to see this way of life passed forward to the next generation. Our vision is “to be the state’s premier learn more, visit