Peabody Museum Curator, Castle McLaughlin's A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn: The Pictographic "Autobiography of Half Moon" has been selected as this year's winner of the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book. Presented by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Western Heritage Awards were established in 1961 "to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West." … Each honoree receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback."
In being recognized for her superb research and writing, Castle joins such giants in writing the history of the West as Robert Utley (Geronimo, 2013, plus 2 earlier awards), Paul Hedren (After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country, 2012), Richard White ("It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A New History of the American West 1992), Eliot West (The Last Indian War, 2010), Max Evans (For the Love of a Horse, 2008), Timothy Egan (The Worst Hard Time, 2007), Alvin M. Josephy Jr (The American Heritage History of the Great West, 1966), and (a personal favorite) Dan O'Brien (Buffalo for the Broken Heart, 2002).
The award will be presented at a gala dinner ceremony in Oklahoma City on April 18th. Read more about it: http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/awards-halls-of-fame/western-heritage-awards/