Persimmon Hill magazine is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's award-winning
journal on the West.
The magazine premiered in 1970, an occasion that also marked the fifth anniversary of
the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With the exception of a publishing
hiatus in 1985 and 1986, Persimmon Hill has been published continuously as the
museum's flagship publication.
In the past 35 years, the magazine has doubled in size, expanded its editorial content,
and enhanced its graphic design. Today it enjoys a reputation as the finest western
magazine in the country. Just recently, the magazine won the prestigious Upper Case
Award, the highest honor given to four-color magazines by the Oklahoma Chapter of the
Public Relations Society of America and a photography award from the Society of
Professional Journalists. In 2001, the magazine received a regional Addy Award for
excellence in editorial content and graphic design.
During its history, the magazine has provided a veritable parade of cowboy heroes for
its readers. Among the notable westerners profiled have been John Wayne, Barbara
Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan, Randolph Scott, Harry Carey Jr., and Roy Rogers.
Some of the West's most noted writers have been featured including John Steinbeck, Laura
Ingalls Wilder, Willa Cather, Louis L'Amour, J. Frank Dobie, Elmer Kelton, and William
Wittliff. The work of photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Kurt Markus, Laura Gilpin,
Ike Fordyce, Barbara Van Cleve, David Stoecklein, and Christopher Marona also have
been published in Persimmon Hill.
Inquiries pertaining to Writers' Guidelines and potential articles or photo essays should
be directed to Persimmon Hill Editor.
Email queries are preferred (see contact below). Phone queries are not accepted.
Information regarding available back issues and complete sets of Persimmon Hill
magazine should be directed to Judy
Hilovsky, Editor, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St.,
Oklahoma City, OK 73111, (405) 478-2250, Ext. 213. Persimmon Hill magazine
is a benefit of Museum membership. Get involved starting at just $40 per year
online or by calling Diana Fields at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 251.