Join the Western Folklife Center

The Western Folklife Center: A Place of Belonging, photo by Jessica Brandi LiflandAt the Western Folklife Center we celebrate all things West manifested in the artistic and cultural expression of the people who live here. As a member of the Western Folklife Center, you belong to a family of people inspired by and devoted to the West and its cultural life. You are joining not just an organization, but a community of folks who love this region and are committed to ensuring that it remains the culturally rich and vital place. Join now.

As a regional nonprofit organization based in Elko, Nevada, the Western Folklife Center works to expand our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors by celebrating the everyday traditions of people who live and work in the West. The Folklife Center strives to create deep and lasting experiences, to challenge the intellect and engage the emotions, to encourage a sense of belonging for those at home in the West, in fact or in spirit, and to ensure that rural communities throughout the region realize and appreciate their own cultural bounty.

We rely on income from memberships as well as from donations and grants to keep us in business. Without the contributions of our members, the Western Folklife Center would not be able to provide the programs and experiences you value. Your contribution helps us preserve the cultural traditions of the American West by supporting the documentation and presentation of these art forms. Please join our family of members and together we will celebrate the authentic wisdom, artistry and ingenuity of western folkways. 

The benefits you receive as a Western Folklife Center member are:

  • Membership pin (for new members).
  • Membership card.
  • Western Folklife Center CD.
  • Free admission to the E. L. Wiegand Gallery and reduced rates for accompanying guests.
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets early to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
  • Free tickets to a members-only show at the Gathering.
  • Invitations to members-only shows and exhibit openings.
  • Selected ticket discounts for Elko events throughout the year.
  • Discounts in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Membership Levels:

Friend member - $40 – Membership benefits plus one ticket to a members’ show at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Members can purchase up to two tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Family/Dual member - $75 – Membership benefits plus two tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show. Members can purchase up to four tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Patron member - $100 – Membership benefits plus three tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show. Members can purchase up to six tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Contributor member - $150 – Membership benefits plus four tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show. Members can purchase up to eight tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Supporter member - $250 – Membership benefits plus four tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show and an unframed poster. Members can purchase unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Partner member - $500 – Membership benefits plus six tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show, an unframed poster and a gift package. Members can purchase unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Donor member - $1,000 – Membership benefits plus eight tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Members’ Show, an unframed poster and a gift package. Members can purchase unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering.

Benefactor member - $1,500   Membership benefits plus eight tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show, purchase of unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering, an unframed poster and a gift package. Year-round pass to all Western Folklife Center events (excludes Gathering).

Sustainer member - $3,000 – Membership benefits plus ten tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show, purchase of unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering, an unframed poster and a gift package. Year-round pass to all Western Folklife Center events (excludes Gathering).

To join or renew your membership you may click on the "Join Now" button or contact our membership coordinator, Dayleen Eiselein, by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  by telephone at 888-880-5885, ext 222 or (775) 738-7508, ext 222.

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