She Said What – Conversations at The Cowgirl
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Podcast
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has a new podcast – She Said What – Conversations at The Cowgirl. Join your host, Madison Ward, the director of public engagement at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in conversations with Dr. Diana Vela the associate executive director. We take deep dives into our archives and collections, talk to some of our Honorees, and bring you some on the spot interviews. The podcast will be released in seasons. This first season will include four episodes with one bonus episode, releasing episodes weekly. Be sure to support this podcast by subscribing, rating, and reviewing. This podcast is made possible by the support of Nadine and Alan Levin. Thank you to Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center and Adam Levin for providing equipment to record and produce this podcast. View episodes below.
In the final episode of the first season of the Museum’s podcast She Said What – Conversations at The Cowgirl we chat with the new 2021 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association President Jimmie Gibbs-Munroe. She is a 1992 Cowgirl Honoree and was born into the heritage of the 101 Ranch. She has recently been elected as the current WPRA president for a 3rd term. During her previous terms as president, she led the association in acquiring equal prize money, obtained national sponsors, advanced the use of electric timers, and better arena conditions. An all-around cowgirl, she has made 11 trips to the National Finals Rodeo and won the WPRA world titles in barrels, all-around, tie-down roping-all in 1975. We hope you enjoy this episode discussing her goals as the WPRA president and the legacy she has paved.
In today’s episode we talk with 1995 Cowgirl Honoree Barbara Van Cleve at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana for the Cowgirl Fall Roundup. Her photography work is renowned for realistically portraying ranch life in the modern West. Raised on the family’s Montana ranch, she learned ranch life as a participant, with photography as an avocation. Van Cleve taught English Literature and Photography at DePaul University in Chicago, becoming the youngest Dean of Women in the U.S. She later pursued photography full-time and had her first major exhibition in 1985. Van Cleve has had more than 50 solo photography exhibitions and a lifetime of experience in the West through photography and ranching. You may recognize her from her feature on CBS Sunday Morning that premiered in 2019.
Episode three of She Said What – Conversations at The Cowgirl podcast is formatted differently than our other interview episodes. We discuss both the public and private life of one of the most well-known cowgirls ever – 1984 Honoree Annie Oakley. In this conversation, we talk about aspects of Oakley’s life, beyond her world-acclaimed sharp shooting skills, which most listeners are not familiar with. If you want to see some of the Annie Oakley artifacts we have and you can’t visit in person, check out our OnCell digital tour at cowgirl.oncell.com. This episode was recorded during the pandemic.
In today’s episode we talk with incoming 2021 Patsy Montana Award Recipient Christina Voros, who is a cinemaphotographer. She has worked on the hit series “Yellowstone,” being the only female director and director of photography. She has also worked with industry leaders such as filmmaker Tate Taylor and producer Oprah Winfrey. We are excited for our listeners to learn who Voros is and how she went from being a bartender and fencing competitor to a cowgirl and cinemaphotographer.
In our first episode we talk with cutting horse champion, 1997 Honoree Lindy Burch and western artist, 2007 Honoree Donna Howell-Sickles during Cowgirl Spring Roundup at The Resort at Paws Up in beautiful Montana. Burch holds the distinction of winning the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity in 1980, and the first female to do so, the first female president of the NCHA, and she continues to promote cutting internationally through clinics and competitions. Howell-Sickles has over 40 years of experience exploring the layers beneath the cowgirl’s engaging exterior, she was chosen as the first woman artist to create the collectible poster for the Pendleton Roundup, and her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. While both Honorees come from different backgrounds of the western industry, they both draw similarities that unite all of the women in our Hall of Fame.
The Cowgirl Roundup events in the fall and spring are in partnership with The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana. If you are interested in attending a future Cowgirl Roundup visit Pawsup.com.