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RAILROAD EMPIRE – BOOK SHARES PHOTOGRAPHS ACROSS TIME

Railroad Empire across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner’s Westward Journey (University of New Mexico Press, 2014) is a book that allows the reader to look back and forth across a span of almost 150 years.  In 1867, famous Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner, a Scottish immigrant, photographed the building of the eastern division of the…

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LONGMIRE SEASON 3 DVD RELEASE

The Season 3 DVD package for Longmire has now been released (March 3rd). Set in present-day Wyoming, Longmire is a contemporary Western mystery series that first debuted in 2012 on A&E. That network decided to remove Longmire from its line-up in August of 2014 but the popular show has been picked up by Netflix for…

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CBC CANCELS STRANGE EMPIRE WESTERN SERIES – UPDATE

The Canadian national broadcaster, CBC Television, announced March 2nd that it is cancelling its well-received Western TV series, Strange Empire, after one season. Launched in October of 2014, the show was set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869, and centered upon a group of women that find themselves isolated in that territory following dramatic…

BUFFALO RISING – NEW WESTERN FILM PREVIEW

A new French short film is continuing the European tradition of engagement with the Western genre. Buffalo Rising, released in 2014, is a 15-minute tale set in the South Dakota of 1890. Directed by Pierre-Yves Hampartzoumain, with screenplay by Laurent Bertin and Hampartzoumian, the story focuses upon Tom (Laurent Bertin) and his young son, Jack…

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COLORADO HONORS BLACK COWBOYS & RANCHERS

In tandem with Black History Month, the Colorado Legislature has recognized the historical contribution of black cowboys and ranchers to the state. In an observation on the House floor on February 20th, the state honored both black Westerners and the Black American West Museum located in Denver. The museum, founded in 1971, shares the history…