In 1990, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (formerly National
Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center) established the Chester
A. Reynolds Award, named in honor of the founder of the Museum. This
special award does not include an induction into one of the Museum's
three Halls of Fame.
Criteria for Nomination
The Chester A. Reynolds Award is presented to a living honoree
or group that has notably perpetuated the legacy of the American
West through one or a combination of the following.
- Dedicated to or promotion of the ideals of individualism, honesty, humility and integrity that are closely identified with the American West
- A distinguished life's work as a rancher, cowboy, or ranch hand
- Leadership within professions or businesses that define themselves through their strong connection with the American West
The Award seeks to recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated,
through a single remarkable achievement or body of quality of
work over a period of years, unwavering commitment to Western
ideals and values.