The Real West Symposium 2022 “The Reel West”

Saint Jo, Texas— June 16, 2022 — When the cowboy came to the big screen, America fell in love and so did the rest of the world.  He didn’t always were a white hat, but he was our hero, a good guy, the guy that got the girl, and rode off into the sunset singing a song. The Real West Symposium ( this year explores these Western heroes we grew up watching in movies and on television.

The Real West Symposium

This year’s “Reel West” Symposium will be Saturday, June 25, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. at The Texas Theater on the Square in Saint Jo, Texas. Come early for breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. This is the fifth annual Symposium and features another round of exceptional speakers.  Joining us this year will be:

Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. His topic is “The Last of the Silver Screen Cowboys.”

Michael Martin Murphey, singer and songwriter will present “The Rise of the Singing Cowboy: American Entertainment Changed Forever.”

Gaston “Stoney” Davis, filmmaker, will address “Cowboys Without Borders.”

Wyatt McCrea, producer, actor and grandson of Joel McCrea, the star of “Wichita.”

Movie clips, trivia, Q & A session, and book signing with wine and cheese social hour will allow attendees to meet current and previous presenters, will also be part of the activities on Saturday.

In addition to Saturday’s event, the Patrons’ Dinner will be Friday night which will include a social hour, dinner, and a display of gambling games from the trail drive days.  This event is open to the public and period dress is encouraged. Please leave your horses at home.  Parking will be at a premium.

Breakfast on the prairie served from an authentic chuck wagon along the documented trail of the cattle drives on Sunday morning is also available as part of the festivities.


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