Montana Stockgrowers Association inducted into Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center (MCHF&WHC) recently announced the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) as a winner of the 2010 Legacy Award. MSGA, an association that has advocated for Montana’s ranching families since 1884, joined 23 other historical figures as the Class of 2010 in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The induction honors MSGA for its notable contributions to Montana’s Western heritage.

“It is very fitting that the Montana Stockgrowers Association has been nominated and elected by their peers to receive this honor,” said Aaron Lyles, Director of Finance for the MCHF&WHC. “For 126 years the MSGA has worked to strengthen Montana agriculture and, in turn, has strengthened our Montana communities, businesses and its people.”

The newly inducted members of the Class of 2010 of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame were chosen from candidates nominated by the public and trustees of the MCHF&WHC. The MCHF&WHC sought nominees that made a notable contribution to the history and culture of Montana before 1940, no matter the year of death or closure. Winners were selected by the MCHF&WHC Trustees.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor and join many other notable figures who have greatly contributed to Montana’s history and present,” said Tom Hougen, MSGA president. “We celebrated our association’s rich history last year with our 125th Anniversary celebration. This year, we developed a vision to guide our work through the next 125 years. That vision is to be the premier institution that exemplifies leading global beef innovation while preserving Montana’s complex natural landscape, history, economy, ethics, and social values.”

For more information about the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, or for more details on the Legacy Award inductees, please contact Christy Stensland at the MCHF&WHC by calling (406) 653-3800, emailing cowboys@nemont.net, or logging on at http://www.montanacowboyfame.com. For more information about the history of the Montana Stockgrowers Association visit www.mtbeef.org.

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