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The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History
06.20.2017 - 09.30.2018 
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West - Scottsdale
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This is a permanent collection. This inaugural exhibition features Western film posters, lobby cards, and associated ephemera and memorabilia dating from the 1800s to the present, curated from the world’s largest—and most historically important and inclusive—collection of Western film graphic arts. The first of many planned exhibitions featuring posters and objects from the collection, it celebrates the American West, cowboys, Native Americans, the history of the movie industry, and the power of the West’s cultural legacies. It also pays tribute to Rennard Strickland (Osage/Cherokee), whose collection of more than 5,000 items was acquired in late 2016 in an education and community partnership between Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University.

About the Museum

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West features regularly changing exhibits of Western art and artifacts, entertaining events, and informative programs that bring the West’s history and heritage to life. The museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2015, and has been named “Best Western Museum” in the nation for two consecutive years (True West magazine’s 2017 and 2016 “Best of the West” annual listings). It is owned by the City of Scottsdale and managed by Scottsdale Museum of the West, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Community leader and businessman Jim Bruner is its board chairman. Michael Fox is its director/CEO. The nonprofit relies upon private support to fund the museum’s operation. For more information about the museum, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

The exhibit will be located at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. The exhibit hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., May-October; 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., November-April Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday. The price is included with museum admission: $13, adults; $11, seniors (65+) and active military; $8, students (full-time with ID) and children (6-17); free to museum members and children 5 and under. You may call 480.686.9539 or visit the website online at www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org