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MHS Magazine Authors Win Prestigious Awards

MHS Magazine Authors Win Prestigious Awards

Thursday, March 26, 2020/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags: Montana Historical Society

Montana The Magazine of Western History, a publication of the Montana Historical Society, is pleased to announce that the authors of two articles have been selected for national recognition.

Flannery Burke’s article “’Worry, USA’: Dude Ranch Advertising Looks East, 1915-1945” won the coveted Spur Award in the Best Western Short Nonfiction category. The Spur Award is bestowed by Western Writers of America, Inc., which was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West.

Burke’s article is a critical look at how working ranchers in the West shaped their own ideas of people who lived in the East as part of their campaign to woo curious sports hunters and outdoorsmen to what were becoming “dude” ranches. You can find her article in the Summer 2019 issue.

Magazine contributor David Beyreis was a finalist for the Spur Award in the same category for his piece “If You had Fought Bravely I would have Sung for you,” which looked at the changing roles of Cheyenne women during Nineteenth-Century Plains Warfare. It was published in the magazine’s 2019 Spring edition.

Beyreis’ article also won the Wrangler Award for short non-fiction, which honors “individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television and film that share the great stories of the American West.”

For more information, contact Editor Diana Di Stefano at 444-0090 or For more information about our award-winning journal, please visit:



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