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post Bonanza Day at the Autry National Center of American West

September 12th, 2009

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On Sunday, September 20, the Autry National Center of the American West, which includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of the American West, and the Institute for the Study of the American West, will present Bonanza Day to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Bonanza on the air. It is said that somewhere in the world, 24/7 since September 1959, a Bonanza episode can be viewed on television. Kent and Susan McCray will be on hand to greet guests and will participate in panel discussions. Although the focus of the day is on Bonanza, The High Chaparral will also come up as it was created by David Dortort.

The Autry Center Bonanza Day link is: http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/bonanza_day.php. Watch the main Autry Center page for a banner, and check out the Events Tab, too.

The Autry National Center is located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. The street address is Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, telephone 323.667.2000, http://www.autrynationalcenter.org. Bonanza Day hours are from 11AM to 5PM. Admission to Members is free, regular non-member museum admission includes all the activities and festivities of Bonanza Day as well as all other museum attractions.

David Dortort, Matt and Wendy Dortort Czarnecki, and Fred and Gael Fitzmaurice Dortort will be on hand the entire day. Bonanza Ventures attorney Andy Klyde will attend and participate in discussions. Kent and Susan McCray will participate in panel discussions and welcome guests. Highlights of Bonanza Day will include continuous showing of Bonanza and High Chaparral episodes and associated video, a presentation by Autry curator of popular culture materials Jeffrey Richardson and other staff members, viewing and discussion of select materials from the Dortort Archive, a panel discussion with principals from the show’s production with audience participation, opportunities to briefly meet personally with David Dortort, the Western Music Association monthly jam session, and the announcement of the Gift of the Dortort Archive to the Autry National Center, followed by a reception with light refreshment. In addition the museum store will feature the Bonanza DVD set and a number of other items of memorabilia.

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