NOTE: There will be a the formal announcement at the Bar U Ranch on July 5, 2015 at 1pm and everyone is invited to attend.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Legendary Canadian rancher George Lane will be honored posthumously with induction into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 15-16, 2016. Considered among the greatest honors in all of Western culture, the induction occurs during Western Heritage Awards weekend.
Born in 1856, Lane came to the Canadian West from Montana in 1883 and was hired as a ranch foreman by the North West Cattle Co. In 1891 he went into the stock business for himself and, with the 1905 purchase of the Bar U Ranch, became the owner of one of the largest ranches in Alberta. He also developed one of the continent’s outstanding Percheron breeding herds and was one of the “Big Four” who organized the first Calgary Stampede. He died at the Bar U near Pekisko, Alberta, on Sept. 24, 1925.
First presented in 1961, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Awards also recognizes inductees into its Hall of Great Western Performers and the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of its founder. Additionally, the awards honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film and television reflect the significant stories of the American West. Each receives the Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback. Nearly 1,000 guests representing numerous states and countries are present for this spectacular celebration of the Western way of life and the black-tie banquet held each April.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Home to one of the nation’s foremost collections dedicated to Western and American Indian art, history and culture, the Museum has served the public since its opening in 1965. The Museum campus is situated on more than 30 acres atop Persimmon Hill in Oklahoma City, the state’s capital and largest city. It includes the main museum building housing multiple galleries and interpretive areas, the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Library and Archive, and the Sam Noble Special Events Center, in addition to sculpture gardens and event grounds. This iconic cultural and educational institution has seen 12 million visitors from across the nation and globe over its first half-century of operation and remains one of Oklahoma’s and the region’s primary tourist destinations. Entering its next half-century, the Museum now embarks upon an ambitious multiyear plan to establish itself as the preeminent cultural and educational institution dedicated to the North American West and its place within the broader national identity and culture.