Support the Western Folklife Center

hooper_ranch_gate_sm.jpgWhen the Western Folklife Center was founded in 1980, its mission was to raise awareness of the traditional expressive culture of the West and of its value to our society as a whole and to our lives as individuals.

After more than 30 successful years in which we developed one of the largest grassroots festivals in the West and started a movement that would make cowboy poetry practically a household word in this country, we ask ourselves why. What is it about this genre, this event, this thing called western folklife, that grabs people and won’t let them go?

In an audience survey you told us that it is about authenticity, a sense of place grounded in land and landscape, intellectual soul food, friends, and let’s not forget solid entertainment. It’s real heartfelt artistic expression that honestly portrays what living in the rural West is like. Has this type of authenticity become such a rare commodity in our society? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this; but, in the meantime, we hope you will support an organization and an event that provide you with such meaningful experiences. We are doing all we can to ensure the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering continues its long track record of success and that all our programs and services fulfill our mission to preserve western folklife and present it to you.

There are several ways for you to support the Western Folklife Center. All are equally valuable to us.

Patron Members P - Z

Col. Jan Packwood
Joan & Jim Pangman
Alan Parenti
Melinda & Tom Peters
Dan J. Peterson
Frances Phillips
Janice Pine & Thomas Wilson
Cindy & Harry Poett
Geraldine Prevedel
Vess & Arla Quinlan
Bette Ramsey
Jim & Marilyn Rappaport
Lorraine Rawls
John & Heather Reedy
Kent Reeves
Jerry Reynolds
Jim Rooney
Lois Rosen
Beverly Rouse
Ed & Diane Ryken
Ed & Heike San Diego
Judy Santelman
Renee Sawyer
Peter Schabarum
Regina Schaub & Bill Jordan
Karin & Skip Schott
Paula Sculley
Mike & Kimberly Shannon
Daniel Sheehy
Gary Sheets & Kris Hemenway-Sheets
Dr. Samuel Silverstein
Arnold & June Silvey
Eric Simonsen
Carl & Sharon Slagowski
Win Smith
Fonda & William Snow
Jo Ann Sotelo
Julien Sourwine & Judy Martin
Alice & Kevin Steiner
Mel & Mae Steninger
Steven & Dona Stewart
Suesan W Taylor
Raymond Taylor
Eric & Myrene Temple
James S. Thompson
Stephen Toner
Duane & Charle Varble
Fernando & Pat Vazquez
Robert & Marian Wagner
William & Anne Wagner, Jr.
Karen Walther
Fiddlin' Pete Watercott & Kathryn Erickson
Martin Weyrauch
Annabella C. Whitney
Martha & William Wiebelhaus
Tom & Jan Winter
Patricia Winther
Barbara & Calvin Worthington
Stan & Jana Wright
Jim & Bobbie Yokum

Patrons A - O