Celebration of Collector Rennard Strickland and the Western Film History Exhibition

Join us for a special celebration to honor the achievements of collector Dr. Rennard Strickland (Osage/Cherokee), one of the nation’s leading scholars of Native American law, history and culture, and for a ceremonial opening of The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History  exhibition.

The exhibition, curated by the museum’s Chief Curator Dr. Tricia Loscher, features 118 rare and historic western film posters and lobby cards selected from the Strickland Collection’s more than 5,000 items dating from the 1800s to the present. It is one of the world’s largest—and most historically important and inclusive—collections of western film graphic arts.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Strickland and other special guests who are knowledgeable about the national and international importance of this collection as a means to advance education, research and exhibition programs.

The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History  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.

This celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, and will include light refreshments. This event is included with museum admission and free for museum members. If you would like to become a museum member, please click here to join online. You may also join by calling Visitor Services at 480-686-9539 ext. 200 or by visiting the museum during its operating hours.


  1. Gallery image of “The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History”
  2. Dr. Rennard Strickland, Senior Scholar in Residence for the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma. Image taken at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West by Frank Zampino.