We're excited to announce this year's The Real West Symposium theme:
"A Day in the Life", Spanning 1870 - 1880.

In 2017, The Real Chisholm Trail Symposium set the record straight on the real route the great south Texas Cattle herds used to travel through North Texas on their way to the Kansas Cowtown’s and Rail heads. The 2018 Symposium examined the real men and women that rode the trail and drove the cattle north to the rail yards. We separated fact from lore and fiction regarding their dress, lifestyle, and duties on the trail culminating in their transformation from drover to the iconic Cowboy we know today. In 2019, we rebranded The Real West Symposium and took a look at the infamous gunslingers and outlaws, where you heard the real stories about some of the most famous gunfights in history as well as Texas Feuds, vigilantes and killers. We also addressed the gunslinger cowboy misconception and heard about one of the last gunfights in Fort Worth.

This year we are ready to dive into what exactly a "day in the life" meant across the the decade of 1870-1880. Learn fascinating facts from our esteemed guest speakers and get a glimpse of life before the turn of the century. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Seats will fill up quickly, so please do not hesitate to purchase tickets to the day-long Symposium on Saturday, June 19, and the evening event plus chuckwagon breakfast on Sunday, June 20.

We couldn't do this without our sponsors! Special thanks to:

Artillery Museum of Saint Jo

Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard

Chism Brown Ranch

Collier Ranches

Coppell Construction

The Crist Family
Davis & Blevins Gallery

Marilyn Scott Dial

First State Bank

JD Crutcher

JPM Ranch Company

Tom & Florence Langford

Long Straw Ranch

Miller's Double A Ranch

The Montgomery Family

Payne Ranch

Red River Realty

Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce

Saint Jo Type A Economic Development Board

Stonewall Saloon Museum

Texas Theater

Robert & Fallon Vaughn

Scott & Alicia Weber