Events and Press

Well a great deal happened over the spring semester, and I’ll come back to the many big changes soon. One very exciting event was the Wrangler Western Heritage Awards. I am honored and humbled to have been nominated by Diana Di Stephano, Editor of Montana The Magazine of Western History. Also, I am very grateful to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum who hosts the awards. With permission from Montana The Magazine of Western History, I am including their press release below. Thank you!

image: Editor Diana DiStefano and Author Tracey Hanshew holding the Wrangler Award


For Immediate Release                                                                                   May 12, 2022


            Montana The Magazine of Western History’s editor Diana DiStefano and author Dr. Tracey Hanshew were on hand to receive a Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in April. The ceremony honored individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television, and film.

            The “Outstanding Magazine Article” winning the award was “`Here she comes wearin’ them britches!’ Saddles, Riding Skirts, and Social Reform in the Turn-of-the-Century Rural West,” published in the Winter 2020 issue of “Montana.” This was the eleventh Wrangler Award for the Montana Historical Society’s magazine.

            “This is an extremely prestigious award,” Montana editor Diana DiStefano said. “Tracey’s article tells how rugged terrain, and the rough work of ranching, fomented a change in women’s riding styles from sidesaddles to riding astride and contributed to the women’s reform movements in the American West and nationally.” DiStefano goes on to say, “Hanshew examines these changes in saddlery and dress, women’s labor and recreation, and the larger effects on women’s suffrage and civil rights around the turn of the twentieth century.”

            Hanshew is an assistant professor of history at Washington State University Tri-Cities. She is the author of Oklahoma Rodeo Women and recipient of the Muriel H. Wright Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society for her article “Rodeo in Oklahoma is Women’s Business: How Lucille Mulhall’s Fame Created Opportunity in Rodeo,” published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma in April 2015.  

To read the Winter 2020 article, check your local library or order a copy from the Montana Historical Society by calling (406) 444-4708.


Check out my new article in Montana The Magazine of Western History (Winter 2020)

The Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference in 2021 hosted by Guelph University extends proposal deadline to September 30, 2020. See this link for the call for papers and updated information.

The Women’s History Month 2020 events have been canceled for now, with hopes to reschedule next Fall. The book signings in Oklahoma have also been canceled for now, but with hopes to reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so. Please check back for more information and stay well!

I am really looking forward to all of the events schedule for Women’s History Month at WSU Tri-cities. Check out our events here: Women’s History Month 2020

Well it’s happening! Oklahoma Rodeo Women will be out on Monday, February 17th! This little book was a fun exploration of the history of women involved in rodeo in Oklahoma. I will be signing copies over my Spring Break in March, so please stop and say hello.  March 18th at 7:00 p.m. I will be in Tulsa at Magic City Books and on Saturday, March 21st at the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City at 2:00 p.m.

The Rural Women’s Studies Association welcomes proposals to the RWSA Triennial Conference in 2021 and hosted by Guelph University in Guelph, Ontario. See this link for the call for papers and submit a proposal by May 31, 2020.

Visiting Scholar to The Helmerich Center for American Research. Presenting at the Symposium: Gender and Identity in the American West Fall Symposium sponsored by The Gilcrease Museum: “Wear a Bigger Bow: Working Cowgirls Accentuating Femininity in their Masculine Work” October, 2018.

Muriel H. Wright Award for outstanding articles published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma in 2014 to Tracey Hanshew