This collection features interviews related to the Cowboys' Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas. Topics covered include the traditions associated with the ball, the leadership within the Cowboys' Christmas Ball Association, music and Michael Martin Murphey, and the way in which the ball has changed over the years.

Recent Submissions

  • K. A. and Mavalyn Goza oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Goza, K. A.; Goza, Mavalyn (2011-04-16)
    This interview features K. A. and Mavalyn Goza of Anson, Texas. The Gozas talk about growing up in Anson, their early experiences with the Cowboy Christmas Ball, and their continued involvement in the event.
  • John and Judy Deatherage oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Deatherage, John; Deatherage, Judy (2011-04-16)
    This interview features John and Judy Deatherage of Anson, Texas. John and Judy discuss the Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson in terms of how the dance has impacted their life and the way in which they have seen it change ...
  • Billy Mays Wise oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Wise, Billy Mays (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Billy Mays Wise. Wise discusses growing up in Anson, Texas, her school years, and attending the Cowboy Christmas Ball. Wise talks about her favorite dances and reflects upon what the ball means to her.
  • Karen Shelnutt oral history interview 

    Monroe, Monte; Shelnutt, Karen (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Karen Shelnutt of the band Muddy Creek. Karen talks about her interest in music growing up and reflects upon her experiences playing with her band at the Cowboy Christmas Ball.
  • Suanee Holtman oral history interview 

    Stroman, Elissa; Holtman, Suanne (2011-10-10)
    This interview features Suanne Holtman who discusses her involvement with the Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas. Suanne talks about her early experiences with the ball, joining the association, and what the event means ...
  • Davis Weaver oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Weaver, Davis (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Davis Weaver. Weaver talks about his involvement with the Cowboy Christmas Ball Association and reflects upon his experiences with the event. To this end, Weaver discusses changes in the music, his ...
  • Rhonda Weaver oral history interview 

    Monroe, Monte; Weaver, Rhonda (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Rhonda Weaver of Hamlin, Texas. Weaver talks about her involvement with the Cowboy Christmas Ball Association, her views of the ball growing up, and the tension between the ball and the city of ...
  • Greg Pinkston oral history interview 

    Monroe, Monte; Pinkston, Greg (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Greg Pinkston of Anson, Texas. Pinkston talks about growing up in the Anson, Texas area, meeting his wife, and becoming involved with the Texas Cowboy Christmas Ball.
  • Gary Sanders oral history interview 

    Monroe, Monte; Sanders, Gary (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Gary Sanders. Sanders talks about growing up in Taylor County and how his interest in music developed during his school years. Sanders also discusses his aspirations for the Cowboy Christmas Ball ...
  • Kris Nylander oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Nylander, Kris (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Kris Nylander of Hawley, Texas. Kris talks about her interest in sewing and making costumes and her involvement with the Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson. Nylander also discusses her interest in history ...
  • Patricia Glover oral history interview 

    Monroe, Monte; Glover, Patricia (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Patricia Glover of Abilene, Texas. Patricia discusses the Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson and her involvement with the event. Glover talks about the importance of the event and its appeal, music, and ...
  • Jimmy Dokey oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Dokey, Jimmy (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Jimmy Dokey of the band Muddy Creek. Dokey discusses his interest in music, playing gigs, and playing at the Cowboys’ Christmas Ball. Dokey further discusses how the ball as changed over the years ...
  • Clay Deatherage oral history interivew 

    Monroe, Monte; Deatherage, Clay (2011-04-16)
    This interview features Clay Deatherage of Anson, Texas. Deatherage discusses growing up in Anson, his involvement in 4-H and agriculture, and the central role the Cowboy Christmas Ball played in his family’s life. Deatherage ...
  • Bernie Holtman oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Holtman, Bernie (2011-10-10)
    This interview features Bernie Holtman. Holtman discusses his involvement with the Cowboys' Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas, and his time serving as president of the association. Holtman talks about how he became involved ...