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Help the National Day of the Cowboy

$655 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 43 months
Our nonprofit organization has been working since 2005 to secure official status for the 4th Saturday in July as the National Day of the Cowboy; a day to celebrate cowboy culture and pioneer heritage.  Currently, ten states have passed our bill permanently into law (WY,CA, NM, AZ, OK, OR, MS, KS, & VA).
One of our main sources of funding for this effort is our commemorative Hatch poster series. We began making these traditional style posters in 2005, using Hatch's vintage woodblock art and text, but in 2006, we decided to ask western artists, each from a different state, for original art which could be carved into a plate for our posters alone.
Our first artist was Jennifer M. Ward of AZ. Artists who followed were Teal Blake - TX 2007, Zane Mead - NM 2008, Christina Holmes - CA 2009, Jim Harrison - FL 2010, the late Jo Mora 2011, Jim Clements - KS 2012, Don Weller - UT 2013, and Tyler Crow - OK 2014.
Here we are, up to 2015 and we're excited to tell you our artist this year is Alex MacAskill, from Halifax, Canada. 
Alex is a graphic artist, who currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee while working for the iconic Hatch Show Print.  Since 2015 is the 60th Anniversary of Gunsmoke, we're happy  to tell you our poster this year offers a tip of her hat to your western TV and movie heroes. In fact, the theme for this year's poster "Stand Tall with your Reel Heroes."
We hope you'll consider helping us with the cost of getting our 2015 poster produced, and also, that you'll want to become a collector of all the other National Day of the Cowboy Hatch posters as well. These are all limited edition posters, still hand-printed and hand-cranked on a letterpress. Hatch has been making posters this same way since 1879.
No one in our organization is paid, but we do have significant ongoing operating expenses and we still have 41 states to round up on this trail drive and we need your help and support to reach the goal!
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Our "Reel Heroes" National Day of the Cowboy poster must be a big hit! Donation funds have more than doubled in the last 24 hours. Thanks so very much for this encouragement.
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We have the 2015 National Day of the Cowboy posters in house now. This is the 11th poster in our commemorative series, but even with eleven, each one has its own unique personality and special little quirks. The film set art for "Reel Heroes" was created by artist, Alex MacAskill. However since Alex also works for Hatch Show Print in Nashville, he did the layout as well. I like the way he gave it a vintage film poster look overall, and I like the little slices of clouds floating through the middle. Keep in mind, we still have posters from some of the previous NDOC years, although not all. The whole series taken together makes a stunning collection, but they all work together regardless of which ones you own. Here's a professional scan of the 2015 National Day of the Cowboy poster honoring the 11th Annual National Day of the Cowboy and all of our western TV and movie heroes.
2015 NDOC Reel Heroes Hatch Print
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Where are all our western TV and movies fans, especially those of you who love "Gunsmoke"? This is such an iconic tribute poster, I thought there were many more of you who'd want to own one. I've just changed some of the donation levels hoping to encourage more of you to support this project. So, one person who donates $750 receives the NDOC Gist Belt Buckle from 2011 numbered 6, and the poster numbered 1.
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Here at last is the final draft of our 2015 National Day of the Cowboy Hatch Show Print commemorative poster, featuring the artwork of Alex MacAskill. I think it represents a perfect addition to our unique series and I hope all of you will agree.
2015 NDOC poster final draft
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$655 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 43 months
Created April 14, 2015
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41 months ago
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41 months ago
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Angela Haywood
41 months ago

Looking forward to seeing the 2015 poster. Thanks!

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