Hall of Fame Nominations

Nomination and Induction

The Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for induction that reflect our mission. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.

Nomination Process and Timeline
Before attempting a nomination, please read the following to ensure that it is complete and correct:

  • To nominate someone for induction into the Hall of Fame, please fill out and send in a nomination form, paying close attention to the instructions at the beginning. Incomplete nominations can result in an exclusion from consideration.
  • Materials that may be included with the nomination form are photographs, newspaper clippings, multimedia items, URL addresses for online videos, or relevant passages from books that include biographical information on the nominee, to cite a few examples. If these are sent in, they will not be returned; they become part of the archives.
  • Materials that MUST be included with the nomination packet:
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals or on behalf of organizations that operate in the same professional field as the nominee provide crucial evidence for the nomination.
  • If the nominee is deceased, possibly look to professionals who study her field and can authoritatively substantiate the facts of her life.
  • Do not send any three-ring binders or over-sized items. Nomination forms and supporting materials must be submitted UNBOUND on traditional letter size paper (8.5” x 11”).
  • The process considers women of significant achievement in the following fields: Artists and Writers, Champions and Competitive Performers, Contributors to the Cowgirl Legacy, Entertainers, Ranchers (Stewards of Land and Livestock), and Trailblazers and Pioneers. A successful nomination has addressed the following criteria:
    • Accomplishments in the field (lifetime achievements)
    • Ranking in the field (national importance)
    • Contributions made to the field
    • Enduring value or historical significance of accomplishments
    • Personal qualities (integrity, character, uniqueness)
    • Recommendations (form letters and petitions are not accepted)
  • Upon receiving your nomination, we will send you an acknowledgment of receipt of materials. *This acknowledgement of materials does NOT indicate a successful nomination.
  • Within six months of this receipt, you will receive one of the following:
  • Notice that the nomination is formally accepted for consideration of induction, or
  • Notice that the nomination is being returned to you.
  • If, for some reason, you have not heard from us within the above timeframe, please contact us.
  • If the form is formally accepted, your person officially becomes a NOMINEE of the Hall of Fame. The nomination will be filed in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame archives, reviewed every year during the induction selection process, and made available for researchers throughout the year.
  • All materials sent in the nomination packet are a permanent donation to the Museum and become its property.
  • Applications are accepted year-round, however, the postmark deadline for nominations is August 15 of each year if you would like the nomination to be considered for the following year’s induction.
  • An accepted nomination does not imply an automatic induction into the Hall of Fame. Most Honorees take years to be inducted and some nominees may never be inducted.
  • You are strongly encouraged to add more information to a successfully accepted nomination at any time, as a permanent museum donation. Items such as letters, news clippings, awards, honors, etc., help to illuminate a nominee’s story and make her a stronger candidate for induction. Please keep in mind that items received after August 15 will be considered the following year.

Induction Selection Process

  • Once a woman receives nominee status, she has achieved the first step towards induction, joining an impressive pool of over 500 other successful nominations that are all eligible to enter the Hall of Fame.
  • The induction selection process is rigorous and lengthy. Out of a competitive list, which consistently grows with each new nomination, only four or five successful candidates per calendar year are honored with the prestigious distinction of becoming a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee.
  • There are several steps. Each accepted nominee is reviewed by three autonomous committees comprised of men and women from varying backgrounds and from around the country who have a vested interest in Western heritage. The process takes place throughout the year in three independent rounds of consideration.
  • Do not be discouraged if your nominee is not chosen for induction during her first year. It is an honor in itself to reside in the archives and she will find herself in good company. Once a person’s nomination is formally accepted by the National Cowgirl Museum, she will continue to be under consideration every year. Some have been waiting years for induction.
  • If you call to check on the status of a nomination, please be aware, that for ethical reasons, the Museum is prohibited from discussing the status of a nominee beyond whether a person has been nominated.

Nomination Form
If you have questions regarding the form, please contact the Research Manager at the National Cowgirl Museum at 817.509.8665. Please remember that Museum personnel are prohibited from discussing the status of any nominee beyond whether they have been nominated. To download a copy of the nomination form, click here.