The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation was formed to help preserve and promote our western heritage.
There are many ways The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation is helping to preserve and promote western heritage. My recent involvement with this organization is the art aspect. I have always felt a sense of nostalgia when I photograph cowboys and cowgirls riding and working the ranch. It’s a step back into history when watching cattle being rounded up on horseback or a horse and carriage being used to transport people. Each year the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation holds a fundraiser and dinner to honor those that promote or love this western heritage. I recently donated a cowboy photograph on canvas called Chaps for the event , coming up November 5th.
Founder, Dennis Gallagher says “We believe that Prescott’s history is the foundation for our future, and should be a key element of the community’s long-term historic preservation plan and marketing strategy.”
My cowboy photos keeps people in touch with history and it also allows them to see that the “western lifestyle” is still alive and well in our country.
Goals of The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation.
The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation is completely run by volunteers. These volunteers and sponsors are working to get a business location in downtown Prescott Arizona to be used as a Western Heritage and Cultural Center. The facility will be used as an educational building and to hold special events that support the western heritage. Their goal is to partner with groups like the Arizona Cowboy Poets for music and poetry events. They’ve launched a beautiful website explaining their goals, accomplishments and the people involved in making this all happen. http://www.prescottwesternheritagefoundation.org/index.html
Scholarships from the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation.
Each year two students are chosen to receive a scholarship from the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation called “Heritage Keeper”. The two recipients chosen will receive up to $1000 for educational use. They select the winners from ages 16-19 based on students who have a passion and talent for preserving our western heritage through western art, music, literature, craft, ranching, rodeo, or trade. The award is presented during the annual dinner banquet and fundraiser each November.
Supporters of The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation.
Prescott Western Heritage Foundation partners with many generous local individuals, groups and businesses. A fun organization is the “Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies”. They are an award-winning, dedicated group of living history performers that have come together to share our love of history and Arizona and preserve the culture of the Old West & Arizona Territory. On any given weekend in downtown Prescott you will see various members of this group posing with tourists and locals – giving them even more of a sense of a step back in time.
For more information on the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation or to get involved and support this great group, please visit www.prescottwesternheritagefoundation.org
The PWHF, , is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography and Cowboy photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at these Arizona Galleries: Arts Prescott Gallery, Sedona’s Village Gallery , Easy Street Galleria in Carefree and Dragonfly Arts in Cottonwood.